Relevant Stakeholder Groups

American Coatings Association

CPCA works closely with the American Coatings Association (ACA) on common issues of importance to the paint and coatings sector in North America. The President of each Association sits on the Board of Directors of the other to ensure there is an alignment of effort with respect to products that transcend our borders. This will ensure that both organizations are fully aware of future government legislation and regulation that may impact member companies. This is especially important as both the US and Canadian governments are seeking to have increased alignment of regulations related to the movement of goods across the border.

CMP National Advisory Council

CPCA is one of only six national associations on this counsel. The Chemicals Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Council is a multi-stakeholder committee that contributes to the implementation of the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The purposes of the Council are to provide stakeholders the opportunity to offer advice and input to government on the implementation of the CMP, and to foster dialogue on issues pertaining to the CMP between stakeholders and government, and among different stakeholder groups. Members represent aboriginal groups, consumer groups, environment non-governmental organizations, health non-governmental organizations, industry (including associations, producers, and users) and labour. Click here for an overview of core CMP functions.

CEPA-Industry Coordinating Group

The Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) first announced in 2006 has positioned Canada as a world leader in chemicals management as it set out to review and categorize 23,000 chemicals in use. CPCA is a member of the multi-stakeholder group that interfaces with the federal government on the second phase of the $500 million Chemical Management Plan (CMP-2). The CMP uses a pragmatic and effective risk-based approach to the inventory of substances to be reviewed. To focus assessments on substances currently used in Canada, information on the Domestic Substances List (DSL) inventory of existing in-commerce substances must be updated. 

Building on the first phase of the Domestic Substances List Inventory Update (DSL IU) carried out in the CMP Phase I, a comprehensive inventory update of the use and volume of the remaining priority existing substances was launched in 2012. The CEPA-ICG is a comprehensive effort by both industry and government to "scientifically" assess the current chemicals in commerce with a view to ensuring that they are safe for environmental and human health. In addition to this forum, CPCA created the Paint and Coatings Working Group sub-committee to ensure that our sector can interface directly with key officials on all aspects of the Chemical Management Plan impacting our members.

Product Care

Product Care is a not-for-profit industry-sponsored association that manages product stewardship programs for household hazardous and special waste on behalf of its members across Canada. The paint and coatings sector represents a large portion of this waste and brand owners must ensure that there is full compliance with provincial regulations across Canada. CPCA works closely with Product Care to ensure that industry stewards fully address the requirements related to waste diversion and extended producer responsibility.


Eco-peinture is the Quebec organization responsible for overseeing extended producer responsibility for the paint and coatings sector in that province. It plays the same role in Quebec as Product Care does for other provinces. It has proven to be very successful in representing paint and coatings companies operating in Quebec with a strong commitment to waste diversion for the products in full compliance with provincial regulations. The Quebec Paint Industry Association (AQIP) cooperates with Eco-peinture to ensure that industry stewards based in other provinces fully address the requirements related to waste diversion and extended producer responsibility in Quebec.

International Paint and Printing Ink Council

Since its inception in 1992, IPPIC has developed into a leading representative of the global paints and printing inks industry. Through the years, the council has matured and flourished, adding members of paint and printing ink associations representing Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, UK and the United States. In that time, IPPIC has become an unrivaled force for industry, coordinating the development of industry policy on international issues by sharing information germane to industry and analyzing the global implications. Demonstrating its progress and recognition, in 2005 IPPIC was granted NGO status from the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which empowers IPPIC to highlight international industry issues before the UN and its affiliated organizations. Its global advocacy efforts follow and participate in the International Maritime Organization, the UN Subcommittee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, the UN Subcommittee on Globally Harmonized System for Labeling, the World Health Organization and the UN Environment Program.

Chemical and Allied Industries Group

Canadian chemical manufacturers and suppliers come together to advocate on common issues of concern related to legislation and regulation at all three government levels. Members include: Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, CropLife Canada, Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors, Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Rubber Association of Canada, Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association and CPCA. 

Ontario Paint Contractors Association

The Ontario Painting Contractors Association (OPCA), a not-for-profit trade association designated as the Employer Bargaining Agency, has been proudly representing the finest Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) painting contractors since 1976. 

Alberta Recycling Management Authority

The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta Recycling) is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s tire, electronics and paint recycling programs. The organization reports to the Minister of Environment and Parks, and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups. Originally established in 1992 to manage the province’s tire recycling program, Alberta Recycling has since evolved to manage recycling programs for tires, electronics and paint. It is estimated that about 30 million litres of paint is sold in Alberta each year. On average, 5 to 10 per cent of this ends up as waste, which can pose environmental and health risks if disposed of improperly. Leftover paints are liquid waste and are difficult for consumers to dispose of properly.

Network for Business Sustainability

A Canadian non-profit established in 2005, the Network for Business Sustainability is a powerful and growing network of international academic experts and business leaders. NBS produces authoritative resources on important sustainability issues – with the goal of shaping management practice and research. NBS connects thousands of researchers and professionals worldwide who are interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and who believe in the value of research-based practice and practice-based research. 

Canadian Manufacturing Coalition

The Canadian Manufacturing Coalition is comprised of roughly 50 major industry groups, united by a common vision for a world-class manufacturing sector in Canada. The coalition speaks with one voice on priority issues affecting manufacturers, and what must be done to ensure all Canadians continue to enjoy economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs. Member organizations represent roughly 100,000 companies and 1.8 million workers, coast to coast.


AQIP (Association Québécoise de l'industrie de la peinture)

Formed in 1979, the Association Québécoise de l’industrie de la peinture is mainly composed of CPCA corporate members who have operations in the province of Quebec. AQIP closely collaborates with CPCA to reflect the priorities of members, position the sector in Quebec to watch for and shape government policy, regulations and legislation, and to deal with any particular emerging trends and issues surrounding paint manufacturing in Quebec. AQIP speaks on behalf of the local industry, regularly communicates with its membership on local regulatory and economic development, establishes partnerships with local industry advocacy groups on health and safety, environment, product stewardship and technical capacity building, provides members and their clients with various offerings for training and organizes social networking activities to create a momentum in the Quebec paint industry. AQIP is managed by a board of four paint manufacturer supplier members. The current AQIP President is Sonia Dufresne of Inortech-Emco, succeeding Michel Savard of UCP and formerly of Benjamin Moore & Co.