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Study says buffers, fire resistant materials could slash wildfire risks to residences

A new study says Canadian homeowners and communities can slash wildfire risks to buildings if they start taking steps like cutting buffer zones and using fire resistant construction materials.

Report proposes new targets for rooftop, onsite solar energy generation

A new report calls for 20 to 40 times more rooftop and onsite solar energy generation in Canada by 2050 to help the country meet its net-zero targets. The report from Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors outlines the current status of the industry in Canada and models its growth potential under different scenarios.

Canadian home sales down in November, average price up from year ago: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales fell in November as the average price of a home sold inched higher compared with a year ago. The association says November home sales fell 0.9 per cent compared with the same month last year.


Radon covered: Building and retrofitting to protect against a persistent and deadly gas

What is a contractor’s role when it comes to mitigating radon build-up? Across Canada, all homes have some concentration of radon gas within them. The amount differs based on the amount of uranium present in underlying rock and soil, but even houses that are next to each other can have different concentrations of radon present within them. By Maxime Duzyk. » Read more...

Is your building EV ready?

Every second that passes is one tick closer to Net Zero 2050, when Canada has pledged to have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions. The proliferation of electric vehicles is a significant part of that strategy. In a little more than a decade, the production and sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be prohibited in Canada. This will be a big change for a country whose entire motorized infrastructure is built for gasoline-powered vehicles. By Ener Savings. » Read more...
The Hammer podcast 

The Hammer Episode #42: Let’s talk support – with Melanie Winter and Lea Valcourt, Support Ontario Youth

Facing a dynamic shift in every facet, the construction industry find itself in need of a revamping when it comes to the future of its workforce. From Support Ontario Youth, interim executive director Melanie Winter and program management lead Lea Valcourt join this episode of the Hammer to chat about their organization and its initiatives in supporting the future of construction labour. Winter and Valcourt touch on the crucial role that relationship building plays in progressing in the industry and share success stories of their boot camps. They also discuss adaptability and the key goals, priorities and future of Support ... » Listen now!

The Hammer Epsiode #41: Cyber-security on site – with Wayne Dorris, Axis Communications

Cyber-attacks in construction are on the rise. Bad actors are finding this an attractive industry to target as they can access data and cause business interruptions, and even demand payment of a ransom. As construction companies and their construction sites become increasingly connected, any device connected to the network presents a potential cybersecurity risk, and a robust approach to reducing this exposure is essential. In this episode of the Hammer, Wayne Dorris, program manager for cyber security at Axis Communications, talks strategies for mitigating security risks on the construction site. » Listen now!

Industry news 

CON the move: Home Hardware PRO Contractor Show in Waterloo

Canadian Contractor had the chance to attend the 2023 Home Hardware Pro Contractor show in Waterloo, Ont., on Oct. 30. An afternoon of exploring what’s new in the world of home improvement had the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex bustling. Hundreds of attendees conversed with dealers of all sizes about their upcoming projects, innovation and the best way to get the job done. » Read more...


Carpenter Foreman

Beam Craft, located in North Vancouver, B.C., are seeking a foreman to manage projects in British Columbia. » Apply now

Skilled Labourer - Carpentry

T&T Building Products Inc., located in the south part of London, Ont., is seeking a skilled labourer who will be responsible for assisting with the production of PVC/Vinyl Columns and Garage Door Frames. » Apply now


Homestar Inc., located in Quispamsis, N.B., is seeking a licensed plumber. » Apply now

HVAC Manager

JJ&A Mechanical Ltd. is looking for an Experienced HVAC Manager to join their team in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and surrounding areas. » Apply now