The Benefits of Working with Trade Contractors ▼

If you are completing large-scale renovations to your home, we recommend hiring a general contractor who can help you hire and coordinate these individual trade contractors. For a simple repair or installation, to one specific aspect of your home, it will be simpler to hire an individual trade contractor.

Trade contractors are highly-skilled and specialized in their chosen area of expertise. Examples of trade contractors include electricians, plumbers, HVAC installers, painters, roofers, flooring specialists, and much more. In Ontario, many of these trades are required to have a license or certificate of qualification, so be sure to check that they have met these requirements.

Trade Contractors in Guelph ▼

Why Choose a GDHBA Member? ▼

Trade contractors who are members of the GDHBA are responsible for upholding a rigorous Code of Ethics. This code includes a commitment to professionalism and compliance with provincial construction standards, health and safety, and proper planning.

The Code also includes staying up-to-date with technological advancements in their industry, changes in rules and regulations, and financing and new products so you know that you’re always dealing with the best, most knowledgeable trade contractors in the industry.

Trade Certification in Ontario ▼

There are 23 trades that are designated as compulsory trades in Ontario, where you must be registered as an apprentice, journeyperson candidate, or hold a Certificate of Qualification in the trade to work as a contractor.

There are also voluntary trades, where you are not legally required to hold a certification to work as a contractor in Ontario. We recommend that homeowners try to find contractors who do hold a certification, or some other form of qualification, such as membership in the GDHBA.

Here are some of the common trades that you may encounter as an Ontario homeowner:

  • Architectural Glass and Metal Technician
  • Brick and Stone Mason
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
  • Electrician*
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • General Carpenter
  • Heat and Frost Insulator
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plumber*
  • Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic*
  • Roofer*
  • Terrazzo, Tile, and Marble Setter

*These trades are designated as compulsory trades by the Ontario government. Remember to check if your tradesperson carries the appropriate certification.