As per Municipal Code Chapter 545, contractors in various trades are required to have a licence, which they can obtain after demonstrating certain qualifications and/or passing certain examinations. Subcontractors working for a general contractor must also have a licence.
Licensed trades include:
- Building Renovators such as: roofers, carpenters, bricklayers, concrete workers, waterproofing, drywalling
- Drain contractors
- Plumbing contractors
- Heating contractors
- Insulation installers
Before you start building renovations, we suggest the following steps to help ensure the best results:
- Check with the Toronto Building to see if a permit is required.
- Obtain at least three quotes from licensed contractors and obtain references from other customers.(Our office can verify if they are licensed.)
- Enter into a written contract, ensuring that the contract includes:
- the name of the company, the business address, phone number, a completion date, and a Toronto Licence number;
- the full price and payment schedule as per the Construction Lien Act; and
- all work to be done is clearly stated, including cleanup.
If you are planning to hire a contractor to do repairs, ask the contractor for their Toronto licence number and verify this number online or contact us to do so.