How to Hire a Flat Roofer in Canada?

How to Hire a Flat Roofer in Canada

How to Hire a Flat Roofer in Canada?

No matter how the work of installation, maintenance, and repair of flat roofs may seem, hiring quality flat roofers with the highest reviews is all you need to ensure the durability and overall success of your flat roofing project. Finding the ideal flat roofer, however, can be an arduous task.

Accessing an extensive source of numerous talented job seekers, Hookjobs specializes in hunting the most professional flat roofers in Canada. By collaborating with our team, you can ensure that you provide the best possible services to your business or clients.

To find and recruit the most experienced flat roofers in Canada, gaining a thorough understanding of the various steps involved in our screening procedures is beneficial.

How we Help you Hire a Flat Roofer in Canada?

With our extensive network in the roofing industry, Hookjobs can provide you with proficient flat roofers who can meet your specific needs. To this end, we have developed a rigorous screening procedure to identify and evaluate qualified flat roofing professionals in Canada before hiring them.

Here’s the flowchart of our hiring procedure:

Drawing up a Contract

1. Understanding your Flat Roofing Needs

To ensure we find the perfect flat roofer for your needs in Canada, we must thoroughly analyze your requirements. This helps us identify the ideal candidate to meet your company’s specific demands. To begin this process, we prepare an initial inception report outlining the scope of your business.

Here are some essential elements we take into account during the needs analysis procedure:

  • Quantity of roofers needed: We need to assess the number of flat roofers your company requires based on the current workload, upcoming projects, and the size of your roofing team. We determine whether you need additional full-time, part-time, or contract workers to meet your company’s demands.

  • Skills and expertise: We identify the specific skills and expertise your company needs in flat roofers. We consider the different types of flat roofing systems your company works with (e.g., EPDM, TPO, and PVC) and any specialized techniques or certifications required. We determine if you need flat roofers with experience in installation, repair, maintenance, or all aspects of flat roofing.
  • Experience level: We determine the desired level of experience for the flat roofers. We assess whether your company requires highly experienced roofers with a proven track record in completing complex projects or if you can train and develop less-experienced roofers. We consider the level of supervision and mentorship available within your company.
  • Your equipment and tools: We assess the availability of roofing equipment and tools within your company. We determine if you need flat roofers who can bring their own tools or if your company can provide the necessary equipment. We consider any specialized equipment required for certain types of flat roofing systems in your business.
  • Project management and teamwork: We evaluate the project management structure within your company and the level of cooperation required for flat roofing projects. We determine if you need flat roofers who can work independently or if they should be able to collaborate effectively with other team members, project managers, and subcontractors.
  • Geographic location: We consider the geographic area where your company operates and whether you require flat roofers who are familiar with the local building codes, regulations, and weather conditions. We need to assess if your company requires roofers who can travel to different locations or if the work is primarily localized.
  • Flexibility and availability: We determine if your company needs flat roofers who can work flexible hours, including evenings or weekends, to accommodate project schedules or emergency repairs, depending on your company’s needs.
  • Budget and cost considerations: We must also evaluate your company’s budget and cost constraints concerning hiring flat roofers. We determine if you require roofers who can work within specific budget limitations or have experience optimizing material usage and minimizing waste.

2. Job Posting

Once we have written the initial inception report, it becomes crucial to advertise your job vacancy effectively to attract talented flat roofers for your business.

At Hookjobs, we specialize in creating well-crafted job advertisements tailored to various social media platforms and channels, ensuring we connect you with the most skilled flat roofing candidates.

Here’s an example of how we post your vacancy for the flat roofing position:

Job Title: Flat Roofer

Location: Canada

  • Job Description: We are seeking a skilled and experienced flat roofer to join our team in Victoria. As a flat roofer, you will play a vital role in providing high-quality roofing services for residential and commercial properties. This position offers an exciting opportunity for individuals passionate about flat roofing who can thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Installing, repairing, and maintaining flat roofs using various roofing materials and techniques
    • Conducting inspections to assess the condition of roofs and identify areas that require repair or replacement
    • Removing old roofing materials and preparing surfaces for the installation of new roofing materials
    • Ensuring proper drainage and waterproofing on flat roofs.
    • Working with a team to complete projects efficiently and within specified timelines
    • Adhering to safety regulations and maintaining a clean and organized work area
    • Communicating effectively with clients and addressing any concerns or questions regarding the roofing process
  • Requirements:
    • Previous experience as a flat roofer or in a similar role
    • Proficient in the installation, repair, and maintenance of flat roofs
    • Knowledge of various roofing materials and their applications
    • Ability to work at heights and in various weather conditions
    • Strong attention to detail and the ability to produce high-quality work
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team
    • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
    • Eligibility to work in Canada

If you are a skilled flat roofer seeking a rewarding opportunity to showcase your expertise, we invite you to apply for this position. Join our team and contribute to delivering exceptional roofing services across Canada.

3. Resume Screening

Our recruiters at Hookjobs thoroughly review the resumes submitted by flat roofing applicants to ensure they meet your minimum criteria before proceeding to the next stage of the hiring process.

While reviewing the candidates’ resumes, we primarily focus on the relevant formal education or certificates they have. This ensures they have adequate expertise to work as a professional flat roofer in your company.

Here are some of the most essential flat roofing certifications in Canada that we consider:

  • Certified Flat Roofer (CFR): Offered by the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), the CFR designation is a nationally recognized certification for flat roofing professionals. It demonstrates expertise in installing, repairing, and maintaining various flat roofing systems.
  • RoofStar Guarantee Program: Administered by the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia (RCABC), the RoofStar Guarantee Program provides certification for flat roofing contractors who meet specific standards and guidelines. It ensures that contractors follow best practices and deliver quality workmanship.
  • Red Seal Certification: The Red Seal endorsement is a nationally recognized certification that signifies a tradesperson’s competence in their respective trade. While it is not specific to flat roofing, it can be relevant for professionals seeking to enhance their skills and credentials in the roofing industry.
  • Roofing Technology and Inspection (RTI) Certification: Offered by the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), the RTI certification is designed for individuals involved in roofing system inspection and quality control. It covers various aspects of roofing, including flat roofing, and emphasizes proper installation techniques and industry standards.
  • Working at Heights: This certification is required for individuals working at heights in construction projects in Ontario. It is governed by the Ministry of Labour and focuses on providing training and education on fall prevention and protection measures.
  • Fall Protection Certification: While not specific to flat roofing, fall protection certifications are crucial for anyone working in industries with a risk of falls. These certifications typically cover topics such as identifying fall hazards, using personal protective equipment (PPE), and implementing fall prevention measures.
  • WHMIS Certification: WHMIS is a national hazard communication standard in Canada that ensures workers are informed about the safe handling, storage, and use of hazardous materials in the workplace. WHMIS training and certification are required for employees who may come into contact with controlled or dangerous substances.
  • Manufacturer-Specific Certifications: Many roofing material manufacturers offer their own certifications to contractors who have demonstrated proficiency in installing and working with their products. These certifications can provide added credibility and expertise in using specific roofing systems.

Moreover, the following table demonstrates some necessary flat roofing certifications in different provinces of Canada:



Governing Body/Association

British Columbia

RoofStar Guarantee Program

Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia


Alberta Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA) Certification

Alberta Roofing Contractors Association


Certified Flat Roofer (CFR)

Canadian Roofing Contractors Association


Corporation des maîtres couvreurs du Québec (CMCQ) Certification

Corporation des maîtres couvreurs du Québec

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) Certification

Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association (NSCSA) Certification

Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association

After reviewing the relevant flat roofing certificates, we consider other essential qualities that a highly-skilled flat roofing candidate must possess:

Practical experience is crucial in the roofing industry. We look for flat roofing candidates with a proven track record of completing flat roofing projects who can handle various challenges and deliver quality work.

We look for a skilled flat roofer with a comprehensive understanding of different roofing materials, including their advantages, disadvantages, and appropriate applications. This knowledge enables them to recommend the best materials for each specific project.

Checking safety protocols is among our top priorities, as roofing work can be hazardous. They should adhere to safety protocols, use proper protective equipment, and implement best practices to prevent accidents.

We check the flat roofing applicants’ physical stamina. This is because roofing work requires physical strength and the ability to work at heights. Therefore, a physically fit candidate can handle the job’s demands more quickly and efficiently.

A highly-skilled flat roofer should be well-versed in local building codes and regulations. Complying with these standards ensures that the roofing work meets legal requirements and safety standards.

As the construction industry evolves with new materials, techniques, and technologies, we consider flat roofing candidates who are open to continuous learning and staying updated with the latest advancements in the field.

4. Job Interview

After reviewing the flat roofing candidates’ resumes, we invite the selected ones to participate in a face-to-face interview with our recruiters.

The following are some examples of the questions we commonly ask when hiring flat roofers:

  • General Questions:
    • Can you tell me about your experience in the flat roofing industry? How many years have you been working as a flat roofer?
    • Have you worked on commercial or residential roofing projects? Can you provide examples of some of the projects you have worked on?
    • How do you prioritize safety on the job site? Can you give me an example of a time when you encountered a safety issue and how you resolved it?
    • How do you communicate and collaborate with team members, clients, and other contractors on a roofing project?
    • How do you stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in the flat roofing industry? Do you participate in any professional development activities?
  • Technical Questions
    • What are the different types of flat roofing materials you have experience working with? Can you explain the advantages and disadvantages of each?
    • How familiar are you with local building codes and regulations related to flat roofing? Can you give me an example of how you ensure compliance with these codes in your work?
    • How do you approach roof inspections and assessments? Can you walk me through the process you follow to identify any issues or areas of concern?
    • What methods and techniques do you employ to ensure proper roof installation and prevent common issues like leaks or ponding water?
    • Can you provide examples of complex flat roofing projects you have worked on? How did you overcome any challenges or technical difficulties encountered during those projects?


5. Checking References 

Once we have conducted interviews with the flat roofing candidates, we reach out to the references provided by the candidates to gather additional information about their work history, skills, and professional conduct.

During the reference check, we typically follow the following procedure:

  • Contacting previous roofing employers: We reach out to the candidates’ previous employers. These employers should have firsthand experience working with the candidate in flat roofing projects.
  • Verifying employment details: We confirm the dates of employment, job titles, and roles held by the flat roofing candidates. This helps us ensure the accuracy of their work history and job experience.
  • Evaluation of flat roofing skills: We inquire about the candidates’ flat roofing skills and expertise. We ask about their proficiency with different flat roofing materials (e.g., built-up roofing, modified bitumen, EPDM, TPO, or PVC), installation techniques, and knowledge of roof insulation, flashing, and waterproofing.
  • Evaluation of work performance: We ask about the applicants’ performance in flat roofing projects. We inquire about their ability to handle various flat roofing challenges, their attention to detail in flat roof installations, their ability to detect and repair leaks, and their knowledge of flat roof maintenance practices.
  • Confirming safety protocols: We inquire about the flat roofing candidates’ commitment to safety, especially when it comes to flat roof installations, such as fall protection, proper use of roofing equipment, and handling of hazardous materials.
  • Documenting and reporting the results: We finally document the information gleaned from the references and share it with you.

6. Assessing the Flat Roofing Candidates

Assessing potential flat roofers before hiring them is a significant part of the hiring process. It helps us choose a trustworthy and skilled professional to fulfill your specific requirements.

To this end, we provide all flat roofing applicants with the necessary tools and equipment to ensure a fair evaluation of their capabilities.

Here are some essential areas we evaluate when hiring a flat roofer:

  • Flat roofing practical skills assessment: We provide flat roofing candidates with a practical task that simulates real flat roofing work. This could involve installing a section of roofing material, applying waterproofing membranes, or repairing a damaged area. We observe their techniques, accuracy, and attention to detail. We assess how they handle tools and equipment, follow safety procedures, and troubleshoot potential issues.
  • Problem-solving assessment: We present candidates with hypothetical scenarios or real-life roofing challenges and ask them to outline their approach to solving the problem. This can help us assess their analytical skills, ability to think on their feet, and familiarity with various roofing solutions.
  • Safety awareness and practices: Assess candidates’ understanding of safety protocols and their ability to implement them. Ask them to outline their knowledge of safety procedures, demonstrate the correct use of safety equipment, or describe how they would handle specific safety-related situations on a job site. Ensure they know the potential hazards of flat roofing work and their commitment to mitigating risks.
  • Multitasking assessment: Flat roofing work often involves handling multiple tasks simultaneously. To this end, we assess the candidates’ ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities, such as coordinating materials, collaborating with team members, and performing various roofing tasks efficiently.

7. Training the Flat roofers

Once the evaluation process is complete, we offer special hands-on training to those flat roofing candidates who need to better understand your company’s specific requirements.

Our trainers at Hookjobs train the flat roofer candidates focusing on the following techniques:

  • Site visits or job shadowing: We arrange for flat roofing candidates to visit an ongoing roofing project or shadow an experienced flat roofer for a day. This allows them to observe and interact with professionals in a real work environment. We can observe their enthusiasm, adaptability, and willingness to learn.
  • Roofing safety: Safety is paramount in any roofing job. Our trainers emphasize the importance of following safety guidelines and regulations. Therefore, we teach the candidates fall protection measures, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hazard identification, ladder safety, and safe work practices on roofs.
  • Communication and teamwork: Effective communication and teamwork are crucial for successful roofing projects. We emphasize the importance of clear communication among team members, understanding project requirements, and coordinating tasks efficiently. We instruct the flat roofing candidates on collaboratively working with other tradespeople and project stakeholders.
  • Industry regulations and practices: Our training program ensures that flat roofing candidates are well-versed in the industry’s regulations, building codes, and best practices. We will train them on local, regional, and national codes, quality standards, and the latest advancements in flat roofing technology.

8. Drawing up a Contract

Once the training sessions are complete, the selected flat roofing candidates will be ready to start their work as a flat roofer. By consulting with our legal advisors in Canada, we draw up a contract with the selected flat roofers.

Here are some points we consider when drawing up a contract with the prospective flat roofers:

  • Scope of work: We clearly outline the scope of work for the flat roofing position, specifying the specific tasks and responsibilities that the roofer will be expected to perform, such as installation, repairs, inspections, and maintenance of flat roofs.
  • Duration and schedule: We include the course of the employment, whether it is a fixed-term contract or an ongoing arrangement. We also outline the work schedule, including regular working hours, potential overtime, and any specific project deadlines the flat roofer must adhere to.
  • Compensation and benefits: The contract details the compensation package we offer the flat roofer, including the hourly rate, salary, or payment structure. Depending on your company’s policies and local labour laws, we may also cover additional benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, or vacation and sick leave entitlements.
  • Safety and compliance: As safety is paramount in the roofing industry, we emphasize the flat roofer’s responsibility to adhere to safety protocols, regulations, and any specific safety training requirements. We also highlight your company’s commitment to providing a safe working environment and necessary safety equipment.
  • Materials and equipment: We specify whether you will provide the necessary materials, tools, and equipment for the roofer to carry out their work. We may outline any expectations regarding the care and proper usage of your company-provided resources.
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure: If we have proprietary information, trade secrets, or client-specific details that the flat roofer may come into contact with, we include clauses regarding confidentiality and non-disclosure of such information.
  • Termination and dispute resolution: The contract addresses the conditions under which either party may terminate the employment agreement and the procedures for dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration, in the event of conflicts or disagreements.
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation: In some cases, we may include provisions restricting the flat roofer from engaging in competitive activities or soliciting clients or employees of your company for a certain period after the termination of employment.

Labour Laws and Regulations for Hiring a Flat Roofer in Canada

When hiring a flat roofer in Canada, complying with labour laws and regulations is vital to ensure fair and legal employment practices.

Here are some general labour laws and regulations in Canada for hiring a flat roofer:

  • Employment standards: Each province and territory has its own Employment Standards Act (ESA), which outlines the minimum employment standards, such as minimum wage, work hours, overtime pay, vacation entitlement, and public holiday pay. Complying with the ESA in the relevant jurisdiction is vital when hiring and employing a flat roofer.
  • Occupational health and safety: Canada strongly emphasizes workplace health and safety. You must provide your flat roofing employees with a safe and healthy work environment. Specific regulations and guidelines related to the roofing industry may exist at the provincial or territorial level. These regulations may include requirements for fall protection, use of personal protective equipment, ladder safety, and training. You must adhere to these regulations to ensure worker safety.
  • Employment Insurance (EI): You are generally required to contribute to the Employment Insurance program. EI provides temporary financial assistance to workers who lose their jobs or cannot work for specific reasons. You must register with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and deduct EI premiums from your flat roofing employees’ wages.
  • Workers’ compensation: Most provinces and territories have workers’ compensation systems that provide wage replacement and medical benefits to workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. You are typically required to register with the appropriate workers’ compensation board or commission and pay premiums based on the industry and the estimated payroll.
  • Unionized workforce: If a collective agreement covers the flat roofing position, you must comply with the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement, including wages, benefits, and working conditions. In such cases, you must be aware of the specific requirements of the union representing the workers.

What is the Average Wage for Hiring a Flat Roofer in Canada?

The average wage for hiring a flat roofer in Canada can vary depending on factors such as the region, the roofer’s experience and qualifications, and the specific nature of the job.

In Canada, flat roofers typically earn $58,500 per year or $30 per hour, with novice flat roofers starting at $48,750 per year and more experienced ones making up to $72,349 per year.

The average wage for flat roofer hiring in Canada can vary from province to province. The following table illustrates the average wages in different provinces in Canada:


Average Wage per Year ($)

Average Wage per Hour ($)




British Columbia






New Brunswick



Newfoundland and Labrador



Nova Scotia






Prince Edward Island









Different Types of Flat Roofers that we Hire in Canada

We hire various types of flat roofers for different roofing projects in Canada. Here are some common types of flat roofers we may consider hiring based on specific projects:

These roofers specialize in installing built-up roofing systems, typically consisting of multiple layers of asphalt or bitumen and reinforcing materials such as felts or fabrics.

Single-ply roofers focus on installing single-ply membrane roofing systems. These systems use a single layer of synthetic material, such as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) or TPO (thermoplastic olefin), to provide waterproofing and protection.

These roofers are skilled in working with modified bitumen roofing systems. Modified bitumen is a type of asphalt roofing material reinforced with additional materials like fibreglass or polyester for added strength and durability.

Metal roofers specialize in installing and repairing metal roofing systems, such as steel or aluminum. They are experienced in working with various metal roofing profiles and techniques.

Green roofers are knowledgeable in installing eco-friendly and sustainable roofing systems that incorporate vegetation and plantings. They have expertise in waterproofing, drainage, and horticulture to create functional and environmentally friendly roofs.

Roofing foremen are experienced and skilled professionals who oversee roofing projects. They coordinate with the team, manage resources, and ensure the work is carried out according to the specifications and safety guidelines.

Roofing inspectors conduct thorough inspections of flat roofs to assess their condition, identify any issues or defects, and provide recommendations for repairs or maintenance. They play a crucial role in ensuring the integrity and longevity of flat roofing systems.


Whether you need a flat roofer with expertise in built-up roofing, single-ply membranes, or other specialized areas, Hookjobs has an extensive network of professionals ready to fill those roles. We specialize in connecting employers with experienced and qualified flat roofers who can meet the demands of the roofing industry. At Hookjobs, we take pride in simplifying the hiring process for flat roofing positions and providing tailored solutions that meet your unique requirements.


Yes. There are always opportunities for skilled and experienced roofers.

Flat roofers in Canada typically work full-time hours, usually around 35 to 40 hours per week.

Local or regional flat roofers can offer advantages such as proximity, knowledge of local building codes, and familiarity with regional weather conditions.

Local or regional flat roofers can offer advantages such as proximity, knowledge of local building codes, and familiarity with regional weather conditions.

Local or regional flat roofers can offer advantages such as proximity, knowledge of local building codes, and familiarity with regional weather conditions.

Ensure that the flat roofer carries both liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. Liability insurance protects your company from any damages or accidents during the roofing project, while workers’ compensation coverage protects in case of injuries to the roofer’s employees.

Experienced flat roofers offer quality workmanship, proper installation techniques, problem-solving skills, knowledge of materials, safety compliance, and long-term cost savings. Moreover, with more experience, the risk of potential damages would be low.

Yes, you can hire a foreign flat roofer in Canada, but they would need to obtain a work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to work legally in the country.

Consider their experience, reputation, pricing, insurance coverage, warranties offered, and the quality of their previous work.

Offer competitive compensation packages, provide opportunities for career growth, recognize their achievements, foster a positive work environment, and address any concerns or issues they may have.

Provide necessary safety equipment, enforce safety protocols, conduct regular safety training sessions, perform site inspections, and encourage a safety-conscious culture.

Generally, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide the necessary equipment for flat roofers to perform their work safely and efficiently.

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