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Series: Canada's Worst Handyman
A Canadian Reality Show that tries to rehabilitate the country's constructionaly challenged in much the same way as its sister program does for driving. This involves sending candidates (usually nominated by their relatives) to a central location (referred to as the "Handyman Rehabilitation Centre") to take classes on various techniques from professionals, and then (hopefully) apply their new-found skills to perform various DIY tasks in their designated rooms. All of these quests are aimed toward "refurbishing" their building into something, such as a bed and breakfast, dorm rooms, honeymoon suites, etc. (which will invariably be labelled as "Canada's Worst ..."). The contestants also work on tasks in a group project (such as re-doing a kitchen or building a spa area) throughout the season, where the previous day's "most improved" serves as the foreman.

Unlike Canada's Worst Driver, there is no elimination; the 5 contestants stay for the entire season (with one rather glaring exception in Season 4). Despite this, the most improved and worst people of the day are singled out at the end of each episode, the latter also has to hang their head in shame (in the Hall of Shame. With a nail. And a picture frame.) In the end, after final judgement, one person is ultimately crowned Canada's Worst Handyman. Your mileage may vary on whether this should be described as "winning" the show. As with its sister, while the show is serious about trying to rehabilitate these unfortunate subjects, much of it is still Played for Laughs

The series started in 2006 and lasted six seasons before going on hiatus; however, in July 2014, Discovery Channel started advertising a casting call for what could possibly be a seventh season. Although said ad does not mention the name of the show, it does use footage from it, and indicates that the most improved at the end would now win a cash prize too.


This show provides examples of

  • Bow Chicka Wow Wow: "A vibrating bed?!"
  • Brick Joke: In Season 2, the frames for each contestant's shed were built for them, but they still had to specify their own dimensions. However, the contestants were warned not to make their frames taller than a specific height; of course, most of them did not Read the Freaking Manual (as usual). Only during the finale did most of the contestants realize why there was a height limit in the first place: their sheds wouldn't fit through the front door of the workshop! They had to find, ahem, creative ways to get their sheds out of the workshop, one of which involved cutting the entire building in half — the contestant who resorted to that, Terry, ended up being named the season's Worst Handyman for doing so.
  • Clip Show: The first two seasons ended with one, recapping the season, demolishing the apartment used (in Season 1), and delivering the ecosheds that were constructed and sold for charity (in season 2)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Andrew, of course.
    "Of course, water is known for pushing itself uphill all the time"
  • Decided By One Vote: Even moreso than Driver, with only two expertsnote , it almost always comes down to each giving their opinion, and Andrew being the tie breaker. If Andrew argues with one of the experts, and the other expert is the tie-breaker, it's probably because both experts agreed and the producers are playing up Rule of Drama by throwing in a Conflict Ball.
  • Doom It Yourself: Of course, it wouldn't be a show about DIY gone wrong without ... well ... DIY going wrong.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Indeed, there has been at least one contestant who has had an addiction to falling back on duct tape whenever something goes wrong.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted by Angie from Season 4, who was prone to saying and doing really stupid things, but ended up showing by far the most improvement out of any of that season's contestants.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Joe from Season 3's time on the show in its entirety could qualify, as he was named the worst of the episode on three different occasions (more than anyone else, ever) on his way to being named Canada's Worst Handyman, but it was really all summed up by the chair he made in one episode, which had the front legs installed upside-down. What's worse is that he was completely oblivious to it until Andrew pointed it out.
    • Brian P. from Season 4 may well have been the show's worst-ever handyman. The number of challenges he passed while on the show? Zero. He probably avoided being named the worst only because he got thrown out of rehab (see Non-Gameplay Elimination below).
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted as it's Real Life, but several bad handymen learn the wet way that just because the main water line is turned off, that doesn't mean the water in the pipes goes away.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination:
    • Only one contestant actually got thrown off the show: Brian Pugh from Season 4, who was ejected after threatening physical violence against fellow contestant Brian MacDonald, which caused the other handymen to threaten to walk if he wasn't removed.
    • There were also two instances where a nominator had to be replaced. The first was in Season 2, when Terry's nominator Harvey injured his back, and the second was in Season 4, when Eric's nominator Marc was sent home by the producers because they felt he was a bad influence and encouraging Eric to goof off; in both cases, the men's respective wives took over as the nominators.note 
  • Read the Freaking Instructions: This happens so much that "Read the instructions!" is pretty much the show's Catch Phrase! There are people who don't read then, people who only read a bit of them and give up, and people who mess up even with them. By Season 6, the experts pretty much had a policy that anyone who made a major mistake caused by failing to read the instructions would automatically be named the episode's worst.
  • The Silent Keith: Season 5. But when he did speak...
  • Take a Third Option: Occurs in various forms...
    • Is the common way of getting out of a situation you don't know how to get out of. As usual, even this will end up not going so well.
    • On a more serious note, Season 5 had a very interesting way of dealing with Angela's partner Matt during an episode. The turmoil he created (mainly surrounding a pact they made that she would quit doing such work if she was declared Canada's Worst Handyman) affected her performance, and as such, he was declared the day's worst "handyman" instead.
    • In Season 2, Terry managed to get named the most improved, and the worst of the day, at the same time
      • Same with Johnny in season 4 and Dan in season 6.
  • You Get What You Pay For: Ajay in Season 6 tried to do everything as cheaply as possible, which backfires as it's usually done wrong, requires redoing it and creates a lot of waste. Andrew points out that doing it the cheap way is far more expensive than doing it the right way.


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alternative title(s): Canadas Worst Handyman
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