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Home improvement movement – Residential permits jumped again in 2021: MPAC

For the second straight year Ontario saw a significant increase in total residential building permits, with more than 122,000 building permits issued across Ontario in 2021 for new development as well as home improvement. This represents a 15% increase from the previous year – continuing a trend that saw a 9% increase from the year before.

Kind donation boosts apprentice at St. Lawrence College

When Gary Jans of Ray-Jans Construction in Cornwall, Ont., says he’s going to do something, he does it. Last summer, Gary won our Dilemma contest with his answer to our question about how a young contractor should face hard times. When we notified him that he’d won our prize of a DeWalt pressure washer, he said he’d like to donate it to a deserving young person entering the trade.

The Hammer Episode #25: The Case Against Tax Fraud – Mike Yorke, Carpenters District Council of Ontario

We all hate taxes. But is there a case to be made that contractors should pay what the law says they owe? Mike Yorke, director of public affairs for the Carpenters District Council of Ontario joins The Hammer to talk about the CDCO’s No Tax Fraud awareness raising campaign and make his argument for contractors playing it above board, especially when it comes to larger projects and payroll taxes. He talks about the billions that tax fraud costs the Ontario government annually and the unsavoury practices, such as human smuggling, that can accompany tax evasion practices. He also addresses some of the common objections to his position. Enjoy!
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Deposits are common sense

David disagrees with the take here that a good contractor really doesn’t need to collect a deposit for materials. » Read more...

Restitution for loss of licenses under OCOT?

“Questo” wants to know if he’s going to be reimbursed for the business he lost after he refused to sign on with the old Ontario College of Trades, now that the province has admitted it had problems and replaced it with Skilled Trades Ontario. » Read more...

Former educator suspects bureaucratic agenda

“Sparky” is unimpressed with the new Skilled Trades Ontario organization and suspects more of the same as long as government is involved in regulating and subsidizing apprentices. » Read more...

Executive Director

With a history dating back 68 years, the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) was formed to represent the Canadian contractors in labour relations matters and to develop a Canadian-based workforce with the specialized technical, trade, and craft skills required for pipeline construction and maintenance. » Apply now...

Concrete Finishers

Wild Rose Concrete Ltd. located at 203046 Lethbridge County, AB T1M 1M5 is looking for three (3) Concrete Finishers (NOC: 7282). » Apply now...

Tile Setter

Ritchies Discount Carpet Ltd. is seeking an experienced tile setter for their Dartmouth, Nova Scotia location and job sites throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. May be required to work on job sites in New Brunswick from time to time. » Apply now...