Competence comes with certification

Over the past year, the number-one problem I hear about time and again in our industry is about the shortage of competent flooring installers. It does not matter if we are talking about carpet, hardwood, laminate or vinyl planks. The second most common worry in our industry is that our installers are getting older and […]

Manufacturers latest industry segment to get involved

One of the long- term goals of our association is to be a voice for our industry. We would love to have government, industry, architects and specifiers trust us to be a resource for information on flooring products, how to install these same products and of course how to maintain them. This goal cannot be […]

Education for retailers

Take advantage of product knowledge classes THE PARAMOUNT AREA OF CONCERN for the CFCRA continues to be the education of flooring professionals. We want to offer something for all the various departments of flooring companies — salespeople, installers and maintenance personnel. The association also wants to be a resource to our industry in providing information. […]

On-target training

The CFCRA recently sponsored two hard-surface inspection courses that are eligible for certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) at the revitalized Ardex training facility in Mississauga, Ont. By Lee Senter The first course was the Introductory to Substrate and Subfloor Inspection and was taught by IICRC approved instructor Paul Pleshek. We […]

The new CFCRA

The CFCRA has a new board of directors and with the change we have developed a new focus. Our revised mission statement and vision statement guide us to our goal, which is “to engage, inspire and strengthen our related industries through services, best practices and events. To make available floorcovering information, such as cleaning and […]

ROM dinosaurs roam TTMAC’s social night

At its annual members’ social night, the Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) of Concord, Ont., over 150 participated in an evening of networking at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Ont. According to Violeta Ivanescu, TTMAC operations manager, the association represents 279 companies across Canada, while the event is held at […]

Training suggestions wanted

We are in the midst of a very warm and sunny summer. Hope everyone enjoys it, as we all know that we will miss this weather so much come October. Like every summer, many events take place, organized either by the association or by its members. In June we have hosted the Annual Convention in […]

A call to action

By Jason Walker As the current president of the Canadian Flooring, Cleaning and Restoration Association (CFCRA), I, like you, have seen numerous changes in our industry. One constant is the need for leaders to step up and take on a role to help our industry. In March of this year we officially received our Certificate […]

Controlling liabilities = profit

By Vincent Lamont Most entrepreneurs underestand that controlling all the elements of risk associated with a business has a net effect of better controlling the outcome and profit associated with the operation. In my experience as a flooring contractor, knowledge is undoubtedly the driving force in obtaining this goal. I confess that I have probably […]

CFCRA Vegas launch

By Deirdra Watson The old adage, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, certainly didn’t apply when the Canadian Flooring, Cleaning and Restoration Association (CFCRA) was in Las Vegas for the IICRCA (International Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Council of Associations) event from May 6 – 8 at the Rio.  The inaugural IICRCA event was held […]