Canada’s Handyman Challenge pits competitors against each other in a series of challenges meant to test their speed, expertise and precision. HGTV Canada’s biggest stars Scott McGillivray (Income Property), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, House of Bryan), and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out, Disaster Decks) go on a nationwide search to find Canada’s top amateur handyman talent. Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection) appeared as a judge on Season 1 and the finale episode of Season 2.
Along with hosts Jennifer Robertson (Season 2) and Jillian Harris (Season 1), the all-star judging panel challenge contestants like never before as they whittle down the competition. With bragging rights on the line, the contestant that best handles the pressure and staves off elimination walks away with the $25,000 prize.
Auditions held in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax included a challenge to create an item of the competitor’s choice from single piece of plywood. Contestants range from artists to local handymen and handywomen and part of the show’s appeal is the range of talents the competitors bring to the challenges.
The top contestants must complete tasks such as tiling a section of flooring, repairing a roof, or identifying a tool. Judges also evaluate their knowledge in question segments to test their knowledge of building codes, materials, and common measurements.