How to become licensed and do I need to be?

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Posted by: from Brantford
2/28/2016 at 4:53:57 PM

So I just started my own renovation company and have been doing work. I am just wondering, do I need a license to do renovations as a contractor,? I know I need one for electrical, plumbing and HVAC, I'm just wondering if I need one if I'm going into someone's house doing demo, insulating, drywalling and mudding etc?

I know I definitely should get insurance, but do I need a license to do what I am doing and if so where do I apply for one online for Ontario? Would love to know. I just priced out a pretty big job.


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Date/Time2/28/2016 at 7:07:04 PM

I just went through the same process and all you need is general liability insurance. If you are doing any of the skilled trades or anything tssa you must have the appropriate license. It's better to sub all of those types of work to the licensed pros.

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Date/Time2/28/2016 at 7:11:13 PM

City of Toronto requires General contractors to be licensed. Doesn't matter if you sub the entire job. It's called builders renovator license. If you google that you'll find where you'll need to go and get licensed.

Hope this helps.

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time2/28/2016 at 8:45:22 PM

Ok awesome! And were would be a good spot to go for general liability insurance? Also what is the website to register for the builders renovation license I cant seem to find it.

Thanks again.

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Date/Time2/28/2016 at 8:51:53 PM

Here is the link

You have to apply. Then take a test.

As for liability insurance there are a hundred companies that offer commercial liability insurance. Shop around.

And don't forget that you need to have WSIB as well.

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time2/28/2016 at 9:23:16 PM

Thanks, I'll look into it and I am doing strictly residential so don't need wsib.

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Date/Time2/29/2016 at 11:43:02 AM

Do you have any employee's Jason? Any construction company MUST have clearance with WSIB Jan 1 2013. You and employee's!

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time2/29/2016 at 9:27:14 PM

No, I do not have any employees, and was told that if it is just me I don't need to get wsib unless I am working on a commercial property and I am strictly residential.

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Date/Time3/1/2016 at 4:46:43 PM

As of January 1, 2013 new mandatory coverage rules came into effect; however, starting January 1, 2014, contractors who have not yet registered with the WSIB, and who do construction work without a valid clearance number will face fines of up to $100,000 upon conviction. Those who hire contractors without confirming they have a valid clearance number also face serious fines and penalties.

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time3/6/2016 at 12:03:58 PM

So even doing small jobs like painting or drywall I need to have wsib even on residential if im the only one working?

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Date/Time3/6/2016 at 8:39:34 PM

What happens if you injure yourself on the job?...fall off a ladder, slip and fall, etc.?

You haven't done your homework!This site is about construction, not starting your own business.

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time3/7/2016 at 3:17:52 PM

Yea, but I didn't think it was compulsory to have wsib more or a choice if its just me on my own.

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James from Deckster Decks in Scarborough
Date/Time3/7/2016 at 3:29:44 PM


Call WSIB, tell them what you are doing and they will give you a definitive answer. If you hire a sub-contractor, you need a clearance number. If you are looking for work as a sub, most contractors will ask you for a clearance number.

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time3/7/2016 at 3:39:28 PM

Ok thank you.

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