Technical Committees

CPCA's technical committees provide the foundation for our work with regulatory bodies at all levels of government. This ensures the best possible outcomes for industry, and more importantly, the public who use the products and services of member companies.

Health, Safety & Environment Committee

This committee reviews, discusses and addresses environmental, health and safety regulatory issues affecting the three sectors of the paint industry (architectural, industrial and automotive). The committee also determines specific actions to be undertaken by the CPCA staff and where necessary recommends specific actions to the Board. The Committee covers a broad spectrum of topics and addresses issues related to: 

  • Present and future VOC Regulations at the provincial, federal and municipal level targeting paint and paint-related products. 
  • CMP (Chemicals Management Plan) which comprises thousands of DSL substances or groups of substances priorities to be addressed through the Challenge and Post-challenge process through separate assessments such as ‘‘legacy substances’’ (the technical committee watching over Government actions with regards to the development, finalization and implementation of new policies and risk management instruments in Canada).
  • Provincial and municipal programs for the management of toxic releases (i.e. Ontario Toxics Reduction Plan, CHEMTRAC).
  • Global Harmonized System (GHS)  CPCA participates in CIC (Current Issues Committee) meetings with Canadian Government representatives and the International Regulatory Cooperation Council GHS Workshop meetings to discuss WHMIS and consumer product labeling and hazard classification requirements.
  • Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act and other regulatory changes (HAP, CPR, etc.).
  • Canadian Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Regulatory Framework.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG).
  • Federal and provincial waste management regulations.
  • International environmental and OHS regulatory initiatives that may have an impact for Canadian paint businesses (ex: REACH, TSCA, etc).

Chemical Management Plan-Paint and Coatings Working Group (PCWG)

This PCWG working group takes concrete steps towards risk management of the "high priority substances"(Challenge or CMP-1) as well as the "medium and long term priority substances" (Post-challenge or CMP-2, CMP-3) that are part of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan. The group assembles and exchanges detailed sectoral information with Environment Canada and Health Canada on a regular basis to help understand the sectors’ involvement with chemicals and develop appropriate risk assessment decisions and risk management instruments. The PCWG also focuses on legacy substances (non-challenge substances) and other important regulations/policies that can have an incidence on the management of chemicals by the sector (i.e. VOC regulations, etc). Technical task groups address relevant issues with respect to specific substances (i.e. VAM, DEGME, MEKO or 2-butanone oxime, 2-butoxyethanol, etc.). The PCWG has technically assisted Environment Canada and Health Canada in the development of grouping strategies for the sector as a result of recent DSL IU (Inventory Update) exercises and umbrella risk management instruments. There is considerable work ahead as Canada proceeds with the second phase of the CMP (CMP-2) over the next three years and the third phase of the CMP (CMP-3) that will follow with the task of managing groupings totaling 3200 substances. 

Aerosol Coordinating Sub-committee

Working under the Health and Safety and Environment Committee, CPCA’s Aerosol Coordinating Sub-committee’s primary focus is on Canadian and North American VOC regulatory issues surrounding industrial and consumer aerosol paint products. This sub-committee relies on the participation and support of members of the American Coatings Association (ACA). The present concerns relate to the development of suitable risk management approaches and the adoption of new VOC standards for aerosol products in Canada and those imported into Canada. 

Ontario Toxics Reduction Sub-committee

Working under the Health, Safety and Environment Committee, this Sub-committee works on all issues surrounding the implementation of the Toxics Reduction or Chemicals Management strategy and related regulations in Ontario. Among the key technical issues are those related to the development of toxic reduction plans and summaries for NPRI substances, planners’ requirements and certification. The CPCA committee members meet by teleconference, provide guidance for the preparation and submission of comments, represent the industry at stakeholder consultations and decide on future strategies that might be pursued. 

Product Stewardship Committee

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation gives each Province the authority to adopt regulations implementing “full producer responsibility” for the industry. As a result member companies must develop and implement a program addressing lifecycle impacts of a product that includes the collection, transportation, reuse, and recycling of unwanted products.

The Product Stewardship Committee addresses all national and provincial issues surrounding the development and management of extended producer responsibility programs in Canada for coatings. All ten Provinces now have EPR programs in operation under various regulations and operated by different organizations with Eco-Peinture in Quebec, Stewardship Ontario in Ontario and Product Care in most of the other Provinces. Technical discussions on important stewardship issues include such things as general program costs, fee schedules, product coverage, incident reporting and compliance issues, R&D developments, and more. This work ultimately leads to better management of recycled paint products and paint residues for the industry; and to increasing consideration for the use of renewable materials and green chemistry. 

Auto Refinishing Council

This Council was formed to put in place several initiatives related to the industry’s enhancement of VOC emission reductions, codes of practices and use of best available technology for the application of automotive refinishing products. The Council was involved in the development of Canadian VOC regulations limiting the VOC concentration in automotive refinish paint products and in all consultations that have preceded their introduction in 2009.  The CPCA Auto Refinish Council includes the relevant five companies operating in Canada (AkzoNobel Coatings Car Refinishes, BASF Canada, Axalta Performance Coatings, PPG Canada, Sherwin-Williams) and their raw materials suppliers. There continues to be a focus on potential new and more restrictive VOC regulations in the coming years and the possible alignment with new regulations in the United States, especially in California. The Council will continue to focus on the need to ensure sound regulations are considered with direct input from member companies operating in Canada. 

Management Information Committee

The Management Information Committee (MIC) manages the CPCA Statistical Survey Program. It meets twice a year, once in Canada and once in the United States, to discuss relevant statistics of use to the industry. Some of the work it does includes: a) Providing improved industry knowledge, business analytics, tools and methodologies by building a comprehensive set of data series and references that can help increase members’ efficiency, innovation, competitiveness and profitability; b) reviewing survey formats and improving survey participation rates and report timeliness; developing new surveys and services and data management strategies; c) identifying and managing emerging trends in their needs to be monitored and tracked; d) reviewing/comparing the national paint statistics versus other possible sources of information; e) reviewing policies and guidelines affecting the marketing and sales of paint products; f) assisting CPCA staff, CPCA members, Government representatives and the general public in their specific needs for Canadian paint business or market intelligence; and g) monitoring new management processes and innovations and new information technology. While the Statistical Survey Program helps paint manufacturer participants directly with bulletin results, other CPCA Members have access to punctual assessments of general national and provincial paint shipments, imports, exports in dollars and volume of sales, as well as with the economic performance of select market segments and niches, of VOC emission reductions and more. 

Education and Training Committee 

This Committee constitutes what was formally the Toronto Society for Coatings Technology (TOSCOT), an organization that has existed since 1919 and recently merged with CPCA. This committee’s mandate is to be the central link for all members with respect to online training and education. It will also make new national and local training programs available to Canadian paint and supplier companies and those around the world who seek to improve their skills. This certification program will help them stay competitive in today’s market with current information on developing new technologies.

CPCA provides courses towards attaining a diploma in coatings technology. The first semester series of lectures cover the topic "raw materials". The courses may be of interest to employers in paint manufacturing, and/or those engaged in raw materials distribution to the coatings and related industries. The courses provide excellent training for new employees in the basics of coatings technology. These courses will also be valuable to those already working in the paint and coatings field who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge of coating matters and earn a recognized Diploma. 

The Coatings Technology Program provides a course on the theoretical basics of coatings technology for people new to the industry. It is also of value to those who have been working in the industry for some time who want to upgrade their status by earning a Diploma in Coatings Technology. In view of the complexity of most industrial coatings, the course is recommended to industrial paint applicators with a need to understand the composition, performance capabilities and handling of the products they use. Others involved in a non-technical capacity such as purchasing of raw materials, production scheduling, sales or marketing, may not be interested in the Certificate offered but may wish to enroll for only one semester for general interest.

Each of the three semesters consists of 14 sessions, of which 12 are actual lectures, and two are examinations. Click here for full details of this popular online program now offered online for access around the globe.