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Greener Homes Grant program proves more popular than federal government expected

Demand for federal cash to help defray the cost of home energy renovations spiked in recent months, forcing the government to close applications for the program almost a year earlier than expected. With more than half a million applications for the Canada Greener Homes Grant already in, the program is nearing its $2.6-billion budget. As such, the portal for new applications will close within the next two weeks.

Prime minister announces $175 million for Edmonton to help build affordable housing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $175 million in funding to fast-track more than 5,200 new housing units in Edmonton over the next three years. The money will flow through the federal Housing Accelerator program and be used to eliminate barriers to getting the homes built.

Georgian hosting skilled trades, tech event for young women

Georgian College and Skills Ontario are teaming up to host a free skilled trades and technology information event for young women and youth who identify as female.


The Ryan Report: Do as I say, not as I do

My day job, if you want to call it that, is counselling contractors on business practices and running a professional operation. A central theme in all of this is that both contractor and their customer will be much better off when certain fundamentals of business are maintained. It’s reasonable to expect if I am dispensing these pearls of wisdom that I should follow my own rules when embarking on a personal renovation project. By Steve Ryan. » Read more...

The basics aren’t so basic anymore

What were the basics then and what are they now? Ask a homeowner and it’s always been about end product, said Belisle. “What people assume should be basic to even the simplest renovated house was not included ever years ago,” said Henri Belisle, president of Burnaby, B.C.-based TQ Construction. But actual back to basics where contractor performance is concerned is driven by, among other things, technology. Full home renos and high performance custom homes the basics are also technology driven. But once again squaring that with what the customer and renovator want is always a challenge. By David Godkin. » Read more...
The Hammer podcast 

The Hammer Episode #42: Aging and apprenticeships – with Vice-Chair Jack Slaughter and Jeremy Ambraska

Vice-Chair Jack Slaughter of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Jeremy Ambraska, employment and labour lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz (Coos) LLP join this episode of the Hammer to discuss the aging workforce, apprenticeships and training within the construction sector. Vice Chair Slaughter and Ambraska engage in conversation with editor, Kaitlin Secord, about mentorship and knowledge transfer, the importance of diversity and inclusion, how to the construction industry’s status among prospective journeypersons and the importance of being a progressive employer. » Listen now!

The Hammer Special Episode: Western Retail Lumber Association’s Let’s Go Build program – with Liz Kovach

Liz Kovach, President of the Western Retail Lumber Association Inc., joins this special episode of The Hammer to discuss the association’s Let’s GO Build Program and their take on the recent labour market study. WRLA is a member-based organization that connects and educates the building supply industry in Western Canada to facilitate the growth of member businesses. Their Let’s Go Build program aims to enhance job opportunities and attract new talent in the lumber, building materials and hardgoods industry. Listen as Kovach and Canadian Contractor editor Kaitlin Secord discuss the future of the construction sector. » Listen now!

Women in Construction 2024 

Meet the speakers for Women in Construction 2024

The agenda is set for the Women in Construction 2024 virtual event on March 7. This is your opportunity to engage in conversations with industry leaders, explore careers beyond the trades, discuss work-life balance, dive into the world of affinity groups, participate in interactive panels and more! » Check out our line up, and register now!


Hvac Mechanical Technician

Jaywal Mechanical, located in Bolton, Ont., are looking for an experienced gas fitter technician to support maintenance, trouble shooting, and installations of hvac systems. » Apply now

Journeyman/Apprentice Plumber-Gasfitter

JSL Projects Inc., located in Yellowknife, are seeking a Journeyman with 10 years experience in performing construction and service to their commercial, residential, and industrial clients. » Apply now


Brent Jansen Plumbing, located in Victoria, B.C., is seeking a plumber with a Journeyman certification. » Apply now

Construction Manager (Director)

Bruce Power, located in Tiverton, Ont., is seeking a construction manager who will be responsible for overall strategic and operational responsibility in providing safe, reliable and effective construction services for MCR. » Apply now