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All Canadian Building Products acquired by ABC Supply

ABC Supply Co., Inc. has acquired the assets of All Canadian Building Products in Surrey, B.C.. This acquisition marks its eighth company location in British Columbia and the second in Surrey. The acquired All Canadian Building Products (12921 84 Ave., Surrey, British Columbia) has been a trusted partner to area contractors since its establishment in 2004 by owner Kulwaren “Kal” Johal.

New first aid requirements coming this year from WorkSafe BC

A backgrounder published by WorkSafeBC outlines changes to employers' responsibilities for providing first aid and emergency assistance that will come into effect Nov. 1, 2024. The changes will occur as part of amendments to B.C.'s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Schedule 3-A passed in April 2023.

Ottawa eyeing PFAS bans

According to a government of Canada website, the ministry of Environment and Climate Change is considering adding a group of chemicals known as PFAS to its list of toxic substances. This would allow the government to restrict, control or ban the use, transport, disposal, storage and research of the substance. Some older PFAS that were largely already out of use have already been added to the list.

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).


Immigration is our best bet: Lyall

The lack of skilled workers is having a detrimental impact on the construction industry, plain and simple. From a sample of projects across Canada, Altus Group found it now takes 25 to 30 per cent longer to complete a project than it did just five to six years ago, as many workers simply lack the necessary skills and experience. Adding to the problem, many more Baby Boomers will be retiring from the workforce. Many hung on during COVID but are now getting ready to hang up the hardhat and workboots. BuildForce Canada reports that just over 245,000 workers are expected ... » Read more...

Securing the future: What a career in the trades really looks like

We’re all feeling the pinch. As our baby boomer employees start transitioning into retirement, we’re wondering who, exactly, is going to fill those work boots. And while that pinch is being felt across the skilled trade industry, construction is particularly challenged. » Read more...
The Hammer podcast 

The Hammer Episode #38: Renovating in today’s economy – Owen Thompson and Marilena Tricarico of RenoAssistance

In this edition of The Hammer, editor Kaitlin Secord sits down with Owen Thompson and Marilena Tricarico of Desjardin’s RenoAssistance to discuss their annual Renovation Intentions survey results and what these results can teach contractors. We also chat about strategy for navigating renovations in today’s economy and climate. » 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