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The Canadian Paints and Coating Industry

The Canadian Paints and Coating Industry is composed of manufacturers of paints, varnishes, lacquers, shellacs and stains and is divided into two broad subsections – the architectural and industrial subsectors. Both sub-sectors are relatively equal in size with regard to overall value of shipment deliveries. Architectural and industrial coating services are at the helm of federal legislation and consumer choice that dictate the direction in which the industry is headed. Currently, the Canadian paints and coating Industry is driven by environmental and consumer demand for sustainable manufacturing, responsible disposing practices, and taking larger strides in reducing national emissions of volatile organic compounds. Today we’ll delve into the Canadian Paints and Coating Industry by assessing the condition of its two subsectors and by examining industry growth coupled with environmental demands.


Sub-Sector: Architectural

Offering both functional and decorative utility, these products are typically sold to contractors and the every-day Canadian through retail outlets such as Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot in addition to commercial accounts. Architectural paints and coatings are driven by demand for different colours and finishes, and low volatile organic compound emissions. Products in this sub-sector include:

  • Paint products
  • Anti-corrosion coatings
  • Fireproofing coatings
  • And other substances used in both residential and commercial building contexts.


Sub-Sector: Industrial

In this context, industrial coating services are used to help reduce corrosion due to normal wear and tear, and to all-in-all reduce the costs of a product’s lifecycle by resisting extreme temperature changes, limiting the potential for corrosion to occur, and protecting the product from microbial contamination for metal-finished products. Other examples include reflective paints and coatings required for reflective signs on our roads and highways to promote safety for commuters and workers, and wood and fabric coatings to protect against the wear and tear in furniture or scratches and scuffs that occur on the indoor and outdoor floors of residential and commercial buildings. Industrial products are used in a number of Canadian industry sectors including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer products
  • OEM manufacturing
  • Ship building
  • General infrastructure
  • Construction


Industry Growth and Environmental Demands

Canada’s coating industry offers employment to the largest number of chemists on a national basis, in addition to offering the largest return on investment for industry shareholders. Defined as a mature industry by the federal government, the Paints and Coating Industry Is expected to grow in accordance with the overall growth of the Canadian economy.

As environmental legislation strengthens with regard to reducing national emissions of volatile organic compounds, the industry will have to adapt accordingly. Green chemistry is imperative to the industrial coating service industry to ensure sustainable and non-polluting methodology in the manufacturing process. Mitigating environmental risk is one of the main challenges posed by sustainability initiatives. Steps toward assuring zero environmental impact creates a need for chemists, environmental engineers, health and safety specialists, product development workers, and public policy workers to work directly with shareholders in this industry.


If you want to know more about the Canadian Pains and Coatings industry, you can visit the federal government’s profile of the industry here. If you want to learn more about the benefits of industrial coating services, you can click here.

Interesting read! Didn't know that the industry was divided into architectural and industrial coating services sub-sectors.
Posted by: Samantha | February 11, 2019, 1:06 pm
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