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Home price increase leaders across Canada

Research by calgaryhomes.ca has revealed the Canadian areas with the largest rises in house prices from January 2023 to January 2024, with Bancroft, Ont., topping the list. Real estate advisors analyzed house sales statistics from the Canadian Real Estate Association to find the average increase or decrease in house prices in areas within provinces (city, county, metro, region, and island) with available data.

Multis lead permit advance: StatCan

Month over month, the total value of building permits in Canada rose 13.5% in January to $10.8 billion, rebounding after a decrease of 11.5% in December. The residential sector increased 12.6% to $6.5 billion in January, while the non-residential sector grew 14.8% to $4.2 billion.

Surge in loan delinquencies following CEBA conversion: Equifax

Many Canadian businesses are facing an uphill battle, as evidenced by a 41.4 percent surge in business insolvencies in 2023 when compared to 2022. The latest data from Equifax Canada's Market Pulse Quarterly Business Credit Trends Report also points to a 14.3 per cent uptick in the number of businesses that missed a payment on a credit product (Q4 2023 vs. Q4 2022).

How was KBIS?

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), representing nearly 50,000 North American kitchen and bath industry professionals, and the owners of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), is pleased to announce the 60th edition of KBIS as one of its most successful.

February home prices 19% higher than a year ago - CREA

Canadian home prices as measured by the seasonally adjusted Aggregate Composite MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) were flat on a month-over-month basis in February 2024, ending a streak of five declines that began last fall, according to the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).


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ICYMI: Why not build slab-on-grade in Canada?

Getting some comment on this 2019 article by Paul Duffy suggesting new technology may make cold-climate slab-on-grade construction even more feasible than it was previously...and the Swedes have been doing it for decades. With the 2025 National Building Code update coming, maybe time for another look? » Read more...

Four rules for small kitchen design

As renovation contractors, I am sure, much like myself, you have all encountered your fair share of small kitchen design challenges. Years of working almost exclusively on smaller, older homes have provided me with plenty of those very challenges. Frustrated by the lack of useful design information for dealing with small kitchens, I took it upon myself to develop a few rules of my own. » Read more...
The Hammer podcast 

Episode #35: The application of insulating concrete forms – Brian Corder, BuildBlock Building Systems and the ICFMA

Insulating concrete forms have been around for more than 40 years. Essentially used to create a sandwich of concrete between two layers of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam, the applications for ICF have continued to evolve over the years. In addition to their use for basements and foundation walls, Canadian builders are now using the technology to go up several storeys as well. To learn more about the possibilities, The Hammer staff caught up with Brian Corder, CEO and president of BuildBlock Building Systems and chair of the Marketing Committee of the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA), to get him to share some great insights, and some technical details. » Listen now!

Episode #40: Heat pumps on the rise – Austin Harvey, ECCO Supply

In this episode of The Hammer, we are joined by Austin Harvey, residential territory manager for ECCO Supply, to discuss heat pumps. Harvey touches on the reason behind the growing popularity of heat pumps, key considerations and factors for contractors considering heat pump installations, as well as pitfall and reluctancies. Harvey also discusses effective ways that contractors can help clients choose the best pump for their home. » Listen now!

Coming Events 

Canadian Contractor 2nd Annual Golf Day

Canadian Contractor is hosting its 2nd Annual Golf Day at Royal Stouffville Golf Course on June 6, 2024. The day will be filled with great networking opportunities, friendly competition, loads of prizes, and lots of great food and beverages. » Register today!


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


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

Skilled Labour

M2K Construction Ltd., located in Vancouver, are seeking skilled labourers with sound knowledge of construction and practical experience. » Apply now