Mike Parsons

Congratulations to Mike Parsons, APCA Inspector on obtaining his M.PQA Designation!  He is now an Accredited Architectural Coatings Specialist. 
Great job Mike!

ICBA Interprovincial Red Seal Challenge Program

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC (ICBA), in partnership with British Columbia’s leading painting contractors, has created a unique training program, helping you or your people to achieve their Painter and Decorator Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement. Register Here

The next cohort of our Painter and Decorator Interprovincial Red Seal Exam Preparation course starts October 18! Over 16 weeks, participants will work through the course content of Levels 1, 2, and you don’t have to take time off work! Register Here or View on LinkedIn Here

Annual General Meeting – April 29, 2020 – 4:00 pm

Like many of you, we have been monitoring closely the information and recommendation provided by public health officials regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Alberta.  In light of the current health circumstances and in order for our association to play a constructive role in containing the situation, we have decided to host the Annual General Meeting by Zoom video conferencing.

Please RSVP with the office to obtain Zoom login details.


COVID-19 UPDATE (March 24, 2020)

APCA Members & Interested Parties,

Yesterday I was on a conference call with the ATCC and we will be having these weekly, discussing concerns, changes etc. with the construction industry and this crazy COVID19 virus.

We all know this is a VERY dynamic situation and change is rapid. Yesterday Quebec closed all non-essential businesses until April 13, INCLUDING ALL CONSTRUCTION SITES.

Ontario did the same, but was unclear as to exactly what was essential. The Ontario government will be announcing today what is an essential service, this MAY include the construction industry.

What does this mean for the construction industry in Alberta? We don’t know, but it is expected the Premier Jason Kenney will be making more announcement’s this week so I’m sure we will find out.

What can we do? Stay calm and stay safe. Ensure your workers/staff follow all the published government guidelines for social distancing and personal hygiene. Soap and water is your best defence. Have your workers every day when coming to site see your site PM, sign a sheet saying they are symptom free and feel good to work. Talk to them. In order for our industry, the Construction Industry, we MUST show the government and the GC’s we can and will “WORK SAFE”.

Below you will find some useful links that we are receiving form various sources through the ATCC. There is also a Powerpoint on Force Majeure, from Goodfellow Schuette sourced from the CCA webinar held last Thursday.

I will continue to keep you as the membership updated on all calls with the ATCC and pass along to you as it comes in.


Kirk Beggs
General Manager


COVID-19 UPDATE (March 20, 2020)

Good Afternoon APCA Members,

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, business, communities, and way of life. I wanted to reach out as we enter into the weekend with the COVID-19 Pandemic continuing to rapidly evolve in Alberta and across Canada.

First of all, to ensure the continued health and safety of our community, we will be postponing the Annual General Meeting to April 29 and it will be held virtually. Details to be circulated over the next couple weeks.

Second, check your supplier’s websites for details on how to order paint in advance and avoid exposure.

Third, below are elements you should think about and act on to keep your businesses and jobsites healthy, safe and open:

On all construction sites, either under a GC or where you are prime contractor, you must do everything possible to follow the advice of Health Officials.

Social Distancing:
This will require some guidance and practice and there may be elements where you just can’t achieve that but remember, you may be monitored by others and may be impacted by their decisions if they feel you pose a threat.

Hand Sanitizers:
On new construction sites GCs are working to ensure sinks are being installed as hand sanitizer is not available. Where you are prime contractor, you will need a strategy to ensue workers have an option to ensure you are supporting the governments mandate to keep your workers safe.

Other Options to Consider:
Only one driver per vehicle or sanitize between drivers. Use only your own tools or sanitize between operators. At breaks maintain social distance: easy reference two arm lengths (1 metre). Eat lunch alone, where possible in your vehicle, respecting social distance. Workers who take public transit must sanitize their hands prior to starting work.

Safety Certificates:
Ensure that you have all necessary staff and backup staff compliant for the next 6 months. There is no suggestion that rules around fall protection or first aid etc. are going to be altered.

Training on Tools:
Some sites in BC are already experiencing 50% loss of manpower. Check your crews to ensure you can still safely operate equipment.

Office Social Distancing:
If possible, have a work from home strategy, move desks apart, sanitize your office regularly.
Warning on your door: Do not allow delivery people in your office unless they have confirmed they are in good health.
External workers: Have them complete a statement saying they are in good health before allowing them access to your premises.

Work from Home Security:
Working from home brings risks to your organization. Workers should respect strict security rules to ensure they don’t introduce viruses to your system. With many homes having children/teenagers it is imperative that workers logout from your system every time they leave their computer.

Business Strategy:
We must work together to ensure job sites remain open. Strong leadership to fully comply with government mandates is imperative.
Now is the time to review your active contracts to ensure you understand payment terms and what could impact them such as firm delivery dates. Be cautious about materials on site because you will be at the mercy of the government rules if the site is forced to shut down. Preplan your orderly exit if an order is issued today to close one or many sites.
If an inspector is required to sign off on your work, ensure they have an option in place in case they are unable to complete their inspections.

Businesses Subsidies from Governments:
Temporary Wage Subsidy: Proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. Employers benefiting from this measure will include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities.

Lastly, to stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news, please visit:

APCA’s commitment to keeping our community safe and healthy is our top priority. Please be safe out there!

Dave Schiffers
APCA President


The Wilf Grapentin Memorial Golf Tournament supporting the Wilf Grapentin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sign up and payment deadline April 30, 2019

Date: June 20, 2019
Time: Noon with 1:00 pm Shot gun start
Location: McKenzie Meadows Golf Club 17215 McKenzie Meadows Drive SE, Calgary
Cost: $185.00 per player (GST included) Proper golf attire

Included in your fee:

  • 18 holes of golf – BEST BALL format
  • Spolumbos sausage at the turn and a beer hole
  • BBQ burgers by Cloverdale Paint on the back nine
  • Range balls, golf cart and a goody bag
  • $10,000 hole-in-one hole!
  • Long drive, KP fun holes – one on every hole
  • Prime rib dinner and loads of fun!

Followed by a live auction, silent auction and LIVE music!

All proceeds to the Wilf Grapentin Memorial Scholarship fund

Out of town folks can stay at the Deerfoot Casino at Special rates which includes free shuttle service to and from golf course!

Click here to download the Registration Form

MPI Approved Products for January 2018


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These products meet the requirements for MPI’s Extreme Green (X-Green™) paint standard: maximum 50 g/l VOC; trace or zero quantities of various undesirable chemical components; performance that meets the requirements for the MPI # indicated, and certification of VOC emissions requirements for indoor air quality. Click the name of the paint supplier to see a complete list of all their MPI-approved products.
MPI # Label Product Name Product Code RG L GPS-1 GPS-2
Behr Paint
141 X-Green™ Behr Pro i300 Interior Semi-Gloss Paint PR370
147 X-Green™ Behr Pro i300 Interior Semi-Gloss Paint PR370
44 X-Green™ ProMar 200 HP Zero VOC Interior Acrylic Low Gloss Eg -Shel B41W01951
138 X-Green™ ProMar 200 HP Zero VOC Interior Acrylic Low Gloss Eg -Shel B41W01951
144 X-Green™ ProMar 200 HP Zero VOC Interior Acrylic Low Gloss Eg -Shel B41W01951


These paints and coatings have passed MPI testing for the MPI standard indicated and were added this month to our Approved Products List.
Click the name of the paint supplier to see a complete list of all their MPI-approved products.

MPI # Label Product Name Product Code RG L GPS-1 GPS-2
Acrylic Technologies
61 Acrylitex Vapor Prime 293-0-17
Benjamin Moore
44 Coronado Coronado Grand Interior Acrylic Latex Paint & Primer Eggshell Finish 702
Hempel A/S
107 Hempel’s WB Rust Inhibitive Primer Hempel’s WB Rust Inhibitive Primer 182ME
134 Hempels WB Primer for Galvanised Surfaces Hempels WB Primer for Galvanised Surfaces 278ME
PPG Architectural
143 Glidden (US) Premium Interior Paint + Primer Flat GLN9011N
143 PPG Paints Pure Performance Zero VOC Interior Flat 9-110XI
311 PPG Timeless Exterior Paint + Primer Semi-Gloss PPG73-510
315 PPG Timeless Exterior Paint + Primer Satin PPG73-410
Pratt & Lambert
54 Pratt and Lambert Fresh Spec Zero VOC Interior Latex Semi Gloss Z0689
44 Valspar Signature Interior Latex Eggshell 773956

check Product meets MPI Green Performance Standard 1 (GPS-1), chemical component restrictrions
check Product meets MPI Green Performance Standard 2 (GPS-2) limit of maximum 50 g/l VOC
check Product meets VOC regulations for either Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) or Environment Canada
check Product meets LEED 2009 requirements (excluding LEED for schools)
For more information about MPI’s Green Performance Standards, click here

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*January 2018 monthly promotion -MPI Product Standards – complete set was $500 now $450. For a limited time only.

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MPI APL Download a pdf of MPI’s Jan 2018 Complete Approved Products List for just $10.



MPI APL print booklet The new Approved Products print booklet will be available in January 2018.