Who We Are

One of Canada’s oldest not-for-profit industry associations, founded in 1913, the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association is the ONLY trade association representing the specific interests of the coatings industry in Canada. CPCA represents Canada’s leading paint and coatings manufacturers and their industry suppliers in the primary product categories of architectural paints, industrial finishes and automotive coatings.

The coatings industry is one of the most heavily regulated sectors in Canada’s economy. CPCA’s core competency focuses not only on high level government policy impacting its members, but provides proactive approaches on legislative and regulatory development on critical issues such as: chemicals management and hazard communication; product stewardship and sustainability; toxics reduction policy; air quality regulations; chemical safety in the workplace; science-based chemical assessment; a level-playing field and regulatory alignment.

Our hands-on advocacy work addresses these issues so that our members can focus on increasing profitability for thousands of products. If there are to be regulations they must be appropriate regulations so as not to stifle investment and job growth in Canada. The industry also seeks greater alignment of regulations between Canada and the United States to facilitate trade flows.

Paint and coatings products touches many end-use markets such as construction, automotive, oil & gas, mining, wood furniture, aerospace, machinery, paper, metal containers and general industrial manufacturing industries.

Manufacturer members

Manufacturer members manufacture a wide variety of paint and coatings
in the architectural, automotive and industrial segments.


Have more than 230 paint manufacturing establishments in Canada


Own and operate more than 3,000 retail stores in Canada


Supplies another 5,000 retail stores with paint and coatings products


Supply coatings to more than 7,500 OEM's and auto body repair shops

Supplier | Distributor Members

Our supplier and distributor members are an important part of the paint and coatings value chain
providing goods, services and equipment supporting a wide range of products
for paint and coatings as well as adhesives and sealants.

Affiliate Members

These companies are also important to the industry with respect to the application of products,
stewardship and recycling of paint and generally with an economic interest
in the welfare of the coatings industry and the people working in it.

CPCA's recent economic impact study shows member companies induced 125,316 jobs into Canada's economy.