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Issues Management

Over the years, the paint industry as a whole has faced numerous challenges as follows: federal or provincial policy development; enforcement and compliance issues with new VOC regulations; transborder trade challenges; transportation of dangerous goods; the introduction of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan; product stewardship and certification; mergers and acquisitions; increasing costs related raw materials supply;  human resources in the industry; specific paint-related chemicals suspected to be toxic and many more. To help solve these issues, CPCA relies on a broad and flexible committee structure that is the backbone of the Association. These committees are made up of many legal, technical or market experts among member companies, who fully understand the issues. They help assemble all necessary information and materials in support of appropriate analysis, position papers and recommendations for the CPCA Board and management. Ad-hoc special teams are often developed by CPCA to build a strong case and meet before Senior Government representatives to lobby for adequate solutions. The input of CPCA members is solicited regularly to ensure a united front among those concerned with the evolving issues. If necessary, specific external consulting services are retained.

CPCA has a proactive issue management strategy that ensures members have direct input into decisions directly impacting their business. The paint and coatings industry continues to face numerous challenges such as the following:

• Municipal, provincial and federal policy development impacting the Canadian paint and coatings sector;

• Enforcement and compliance issues with respect to new VOC regulations for architectural, automotive and industrial coatings;

• Transborder trade challenges and the alignment or harmonization of regulations with our largest trading partner, the United States, via the Regulatory Cooperation Council;

• Transportation of dangerous goods and the need for relevant training to ensure industry complies fully with current and emerging regulations such as the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in Canada;

• Ongoing work on Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan, now in the second phase of three phases, assessing all chemicals in commerce - including those in the coatings industry – to determine if they are to be banned or have a risk management approach put in place to ensure chemicals continue to be available for product formulations;

• Product stewardship and certification with respect to post-consumer paint recycling with viable programs in every Province of Canada that continues to present challenges for members with respect to governance, compliance and transparency;

• Increasing costs and regulations related to raw materials supply; and

• The ongoing need for innovative approaches to human resources in the coatings industry is assisted with CPCA’s online training leading to a Diploma in Coatings Technology.

To help address these issues, CPCA relies on a broad and flexible committee structure that is the backbone of the Association. These committees are made up of many legal, technical or market experts who work with member companies, who fully understand the issues. They help assemble the necessary information and materials in support of appropriate analyses, position papers and recommendations for the CPCA Board and management. Ad-hoc teams are often developed by CPCA to build a strong case and meet with senior government representatives to propose workable solutions for both industry and government. The input of CPCA members is solicited regularly to ensure a united front among those concerned with the evolving issues.

CPCA also works extensively with multiple stakeholder groups to collaborate on wider industry approaches that are also to the benefit of the paint and coatings industry.