Lunch & Learns

APCA offers a one-hour Lunch & Learn Session for Architects and Specification Writers

The Alberta Painting Contractors Association (APCA) is the accredited quality assurance association in Alberta for the Master Painters Institute (MPI) Quality Assurance Program.

This program provides assistance with:

·       Specification Review & Development ·       Inspection & Deficiency Reports
·       On-Site Inspection Services ·       Two-Year Warranty
·       Technical Assistance ·       Final Sign-Off

The Lunch and Learn Session is presented by a qualified Paint Inspector and/or a Paint Manufacturer/Supplier Representative.  You will receive up-to-date information on new Approved Products, Future Trends, and Environmental Concerns as they relate to the paint industry i.e. Green Products.

They will also briefly cover Industry Standards and the APCA Inspection and Quality Assurance Program, which provides you with superior, consistent quality performance, job after job and ensures the above items are incorporated.

Take a look at the members currently aligned with us on the attached list. To book a Lunch and Learn presentation, please email or

MPI Details

The Master House Painters Association of the U.S. and Canada was formed in 1885 with the purpose being“…to solve problems created by unsatisfactory materials, and to devise a means for assuring the public of the skill, honorable reputation and probity of master painters.” The Master Painters Institute (MPI) was formed in 1996 to further these aims through the revision and publication of the Architectural Painting Specification Manual and the Maintenance Repainting Manual. (Click here to order these manuals.)

MPI Updates

Standards MPI have been working on updating the performance standards associated with testing and listing in the MPI Approved products list. For more information on these updates please click here:

A new performance standard has been released for Latex, Interior, High Performance. MPI #142 is for Flat (MPI Gloss Level 1), whereas only Gloss level 2-5 have been available previously.

Anyone that has purchased the complete set of standards within the last year will receive all of the updated versions, plus the new standards, including the MPI #142.

Anyone interested in purchasing the complete set of MPI standards can do so via

MPI Approved Products >

Industry News

ACTS Trade Definitions update – March 2017

ACA has responsibility to maintain Trade Definitions on behalf of the industry. As you may be aware, with the exception of minor changes in one scope in 2011, the Trade Definitions have not been comprehensively reviewed and updated since before 2004.

The Edmonton Construction Association, as a member of the ACA, has undertaken a comprehensive review to align the Trade Definitions with current practice and are inviting all trade associations to review the update and suggest any needed improvements prior to final ratification.

* A full copy of the updated Trade Definitions draft can be found here:

2017 Trade Definitions PDF


National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada – September 2013

NTCCC Meets in British Columbia

When Prompt Payment was progressing in Ontario, representatives from the NTCCC visited various provinces to propose that Provincial Trade Associations should also be formed. The first so called Alberta Trade Contractors Coalition (ATCC) meeting took place October 18, 2011 in Edmonton followed by a second meeting in Red Deer on February 21, 2012. Most recently, a session was held on September 17 in Red Deer with a number of trade associations represented. This joint task force presented recommendations to setup a Trade Coalition in order to address various issues, for example the current prompt payment issue. The focus at this time is in Ontario where the legislation has gone through the 1st and 2nd reading and is currently at committee. Once it goes through committee, it will go to 3rd reading which tends to be the most difficult to obtain approval. If it goes ahead in Ontario, it will set a positive precedent for the other provinces. There are similar laws in the US and UK, but nothing like this in place in Canada so it would be a positive initiative for industry.

The ATCC are hoping for a memorandum of understanding between the involved groups to create this Trade Coalition Association. APCA has indicated their support of this initiative and that they would agree to be involved. We will keep you updated as things progress.

Trade Definitions Promotional Video

The ACA and the ECA along with our Alberta local construction association partners are pleased to present this video to members. This video complements the 2016 Trade Definitions, and offers further insight into the Definitions and their usage.

ACA Chairman Paul Verhesen and a number of others were interviewed for the video which explains the benefits of Trade Definitions. Our hope is that the Trade Definitions will continue to be adopted by the Industry, and we encourage our members to both view and share the video amongst their networks.

Links: Trade Definitions Video
  Alberta Construction Trade Definitions

ACA, its member local construction associations and the 3000 plus member firms endorse adoption of the 2016 ACA Trade Definitions as a best practice. We encourage all tender authorities and their design consultants, specification writers, and contractors and suppliers to cite and utilize the 2016 ACA Trade Definitions for their projects.

Trade Definitions provide clarity to all construction project stakeholders as to the allocation of work to be bid and performed. This clarity in turn reduces confusion, error, disputes, and litigation.

The 2016 Trade Definitions represent a comprehensive update to reflect current technology and business practice, and are the consensus result of input from many industry volunteers. They are not a tendering system. Trade Definitions are a guideline and the allocation of work amongst trades on any given project remains the responsibility of the tender authority and general contractor.

All member companies and trade associations may request changes to any or all trade definitions by providing their request in writing to the Alberta Construction Association or the Edmonton Construction Association, care of the Trade Definitions Committee, before January 1st of each year. The request must include the change, reason for the change and the effect on the other scopes. The Trade Definitions Committee will review and rule on all requests. Changes to the definitions will be finalized and published on March 1st each year.

You may wish to put a reminder in your calendars to check the end of February each year for the latest edition.


Trade careers have a lot going for the skilled men and women who work in them. Many trades offer the right kind of challenge, as they are highly technical, involve lots of math and sciences, and are changing quickly. A trade career can lead to supervision, management, the professional and business entrepreneurship. Pay rates vary, but are generally very good. The aging workforce means an overall increase in future demand for skilled tradespeople. Employers need people with the right skills!

Apprenticeship Course Outline

There are many ways to get you through the program financially. Be sure to check out all the options available to you.



The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships provide approximately 400 annual Scholarships of $1,000 per year. Check out the numerous ones available on the Apprenticeship and Industry Training site.


Earn credits toward your apprenticeship and your high school diploma – at the same time!

Paid career training before you leave school.

For more information visit or call in Calgary 403-297-6457.


Canada Revenue offers a tax benefit in the form of the Tradespersons’ Tools Deduction. Apprentices may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools bought to earn employment income as a skilled tradesperson.


As an apprentice in a Red Seal trade, you get to earn while you learn, but a little extra money can always help.

The Government of Canada provides up to a maximum lifetime amount of $4,000 per person in federal apprenticeship taxable cash grants to help you progress in or complete your apprenticeship training.

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person.

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • not be a high school student;
  • have the required AIG supporting documents;
  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and
  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year or level (or equivalent) in a designated Red Seal trade.

The deadline to apply is June 30 of the year after you complete the first and/or second year or level.

How to apply for the AIG


Through the Employment Insurance (EI) system, the Government of Canada provides income support to eligible apprentices during periods of technical training. Although all efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of this information, apprentices should consult Service Canada, the official source of information about EI. See also Employment Insurance for Apprentices.

To be considered for EI benefits while attending technical training, apply at the website above as soon as you stop working. If you have applied for, or are receiving EI benefits prior to training, you must complete another application indicating your technical training information.

Apprentices can call 1-800-206-7218 (in Alberta) or visit the Service Canada website.


2019 – 2020 Apprenticeship Technical Training Schedule


Painter & Decorator Program

Phone 403-284-7248 or 1-877-284-7248 to register



The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable tax credit for an employer that is equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit an employer can claim is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum: Return on Investment

Review this document to see why you should be supporting/encouraging your employees on this career path. Involvement creates a healthier industry and benefits everyone overall.