Top 12 announced for Canada's Handyman Challenge

HGTV Canada’s expert judging panel of Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, Disaster DIY), Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and host Jillian Harris (The Bachelorette, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) have scoured the country to find Canada’s best handymen and women.  

After hundreds of auditions they have found the top 12 competitors who will move on to the next round of competition in next week’s episode of Canada’s Handyman Challenge, airing on Tuesday January 31 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

“Coming in to this show I was so excited to see the projects and the talent across Canada,” says Jillian Harris, host of Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “I was blown away by these top 12 competitors – not only do they have the skills to compete but they have amazing creativity too.”

The top 12 competitors were whittled down during auditions across Canada, wowing judges with their original plywood creations and standing out against the other hopefuls in skill-testing challenges. Click on each competitor’s name below to learn more about the country’s top 12. 


·         Todd Allen, 43, Kentville NS

·         Kyle Chura, 38, Surrey BC

·         Carl Csantis, 48, Cambridge ON

·         Mark Falvai, 38, Qualicum Beach BC

·         Greg Leonard, 27, Halifax NS

·         Brad Moore, 47, Ancaster ON

·         Andrew Petheram, 19, Niagara Falls ON

·         Dana Sanson, 40, Brampton ON

·         Normand Seguin, 46, Montreal QC

·         Maggie Stewart, 27, Lower Sackville NS

·         Frank Waters, 35, Vancouver BC

·         John Wynes, 43, Chilliwack BC


“Narrowing it down to 12 was really tough because there was so much talent,” said Mike Holmes, judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “These are hands down the best of the best handymen and women in our country – the competition only gets better from here.”

The next four weeks of Canada’s Handyman Challenge will see competitors going head-to-head over challenges such as building staircases, identifying errors in poor construction, and intricate painting. There will be blood, sweat and tears – but in the end only one will be named Canada’s Best Handyman.

For more information on the top 12 competitors, full episodes after they air, and exclusive on-set interviews with Canada’s Handyman Challenge all-stars, visit

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