About APCA

The Alberta Painting Contractors Association (APCA) represents the major players in the Alberta painting industry with a focus on commercial and industrial projects.

APCA supports a skilled workforce providing quality service. APCA awards annual scholarships to assist apprentices seeking their journeyman trade designation in painting and decorating. Luncheon meetings are held from September through June to keep members advised of Association activities and to provide a forum for guest speakers with topics of direct relevance to the industry.

Inspection and Guarantee Program

APCA is the approved quality control association for the Inspection Program in Alberta. This Inspection Program was developed by the Master Painters Institute (MPI) in order to guarantee the use of quality products and proper procedures by qualified tradespeople. The paint contract may only be 5% of the total project cost but 85% of the finished product is judged on the first impression made by the painting and decorating.


The Master Painters Institute and NACE International Institute Join Forces

We are pleased to announce that the Master Painters Institute, Inc (MPI) has been acquired by NACE International Institute, effective immediately.

As you may know, the origins of MPI date back more than 100 years. Since the mid 1990’s, under the vision and dynamic leadership of Barry Law, MPI’s work in the architectural coatings industry has established MPI as the performance based standard for commercial coatings.

MPI has grown markedly since that time, and we truly hope you agree that your customers have benefited from the affiliation of your products with the MPI Approved Product List.

Because of efforts by Barry and many others, MPI has experienced tremendous growth in the USA and Canada in the commercial coatings segment. MPI’s goal in becoming a company of the NACE Institute is to grow MPI globally, and further expand in the area of industrial coatings, and of course we will do that with your interests in mind because your customers are also our customers.

Aligning with the NACE Institute will provide resources for MPI’s continued growth in support of quality in the field of paint and coatings, and allow us to provide a wider array of services. We look forward to discussing those services in more depth with you, and would like to specifically note that:

  • You will continue to work with the same people in our firm that you have in the past. All of our people are being retained. Barry and Jody Law will also continue with us, in contracting consulting roles.
  • The services we have provided to you in the past will continue.

As a technicality, the former MPI corporation is ceasing to exist, although the physical location of the company and its employees will remain at its former address in Vancouver. With increased support from the NACE Institute, some services of the new MPI LLC will be co-located with the Institute in Houston, Texas. Finally, MPI Services Canada has been formed for the purpose of facilitating transactions with some customers--we will share more with you on that, in the coming weeks.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this exciting news and what it will mean specifically for your company. We are grateful to you for working with us in the past, and we look forward to our new enhanced relationship, with much excitement and anticipation.

The Master Painters Institute

Davis Kyle


APCA is committed to upholding and improving the standards of the painting and decorating industry. It represents independent contractors involved in the painting and wall covering industry serving the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. APCA also administers the Inspection and Guarantee Program and serves as liaison among industry groups.

Board of Directors

To learn more about APCA Board, please click here.