Canada’s Handyman Challenge

Maria Nestoras29-year-old Maria Nestoras has beaten to the boys to take out the Canada’s Handyman Challenge title.

For the last eight weeks HGTV Canada celebrities Scott McGillivray (Income Property), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan) and Paul Lafrance (Disaster Decks) have been drilling and judging the country’s top amateur handyman talent to find the best of the best in Canada’s Handyman Challenge.

In this week’s adrenaline-fueled finale featuring guest judge Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right), 29-year-old Maria Nestoras from Hamilton, Ont. brought home the $25,000 prize and the respect of the top men in the business. Continue reading »

Canada'sHandymanChallenge2013The 15 finalists for Canada’s Handyman Challenge have been selected.

Scott McGillivray, Bryan Baeumler and Paul Lafrance have selected the top handyman talent in the country to battle for the title and the $25,000 prize.

“We were blown away by the caliber of people we met this season, which made it incredibly tough to narrow the competition down to just 15 people,” said Scott McGillivray, judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “The finalists now have to step up their game and prepare for tougher challenges and more critical reviews from us judges.” Continue reading »

In the new season of Canada’s Handyman Challenge, HGTV celebrities Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan), Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out) are teaming up as judges along with HGTV newcomer Jennifer Robertson (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Mr. D) as host.

The competition is amplified this season as contestants battle it out for the all-new $25,000 prize. Canada’s Handyman Challenge premieres on Tuesday January 22nd at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

“Canada’s Handyman Challenge provides talented Canadians with a unique opportunity. Not only do they showcase their skills on a national platform, but they have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive guidance and advice from some of the top talent in the contracting and construction industries, plus a shot at a $25,000 prize,” said Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. Continue reading »

The nationwide search for the best all around handyman is back for a second season and casting has begun!

Canada’s Handyman Challenge puts contestants through a series of rigorous challenges to test their skills, ultimately awarding one contestant the coveted title of Canada’s Best Handyman – and new this season, a $25,000 prize.

Teaming up as judges are powerhouse construction experts and HGTV celebrities Paul Lafrance (Decked Out, Deck Wars), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, House of Bryan), and Scott McGillivray (Income Property), who will be touring the country looking for talented handyman hopefuls in live auditions this September. Continue reading »

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

Canada’s Handyman Challenge is adding a feminine edge to the brand new series featuring top HGTV Canada talent Mike Holmes, Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray as judges.

Jillian Harris – best known as the first Canadian to star on The Bachelorette and designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – is taking on the job as host of the exciting new series.

Jillian, a talented and much-loved interior designer with ten years of experience in the field, will join Canada’s Handyman Challenge travelling cross-country this summer to find construction enthusiasts that will compete for the title of Canada’s Best Handyman. 

“Jillian Harris will add fun and flair to the competition,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Her critically acclaimed design skills and proven aptitude for television make her an ideal match to the incredible talent already committed to this show.”

Jillian Harris hails from Peace River, Alberta, and first became known to the world as a contestant on ABC’S 13th season of The Bachelor, where she was the second runner-up. She then became the first Canadian to star on The Bachelorette in its fifth season. Since then, Jillian has worked her design magic on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She has collaborated on design interiors for Cactus Club Café and Browns Restaurant & Bar, and led the design for former bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and most recently the rail car interiors for the Rocky Mountaineer train.

“It is a dream come true to host Canada’s Handyman Challenge,” said Jillian Harris, host, Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “I love that I will be able to combine my love of design while working alongside the expert HGTV judges and get to witness the talent that this country has to offer will be an incredibly fun journey.”

Canadian hobby handymen and women with the skills to impress HGTV Canada’s top talent have a place to be this July to apply for Canada’s Handyman Challenge!

Teaming up for the first time ever, powerhouse construction experts Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection), Bryan Baeumler (House of Bryan, Disaster DIY) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) are on the road this summer holding live auditions and recruiting the most talented hammer-wielders our nation has to offer.

In the end, one person will be named Canada’s Best Handyman. The series is scheduled to premiere winter 2012 on HGTV Canada.

The three HGTV superstars will be appearing in Vancouver, Halifax and Toronto to choose the top four contestants from each city. These final 12 handymen will go on to tighten their tool belts and battle each other in elimination challenges until the winner is determined. Canadians are encouraged to join us in the following cities:


Vancouver July 16

Halifax July 20

Toronto July 24


“Canada’s Handyman Challenge is offering everyday Canadians a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with and be judged by some of the biggest names in the business,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Featuring three of HGTV Canada’s most experienced and accomplished stars together for the first time sets the bar higher for applicants than any other series of this nature.”

To compete on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, applicants must pre-register online. The winner of this exciting new series will be crowned Canada’s Best Handyman, earning eternal bragging rights and the respect of HGTV’s most gifted hosts.

For more information and details on how to register, visit