IUPAT DC38 believes in

  • Keeping workers safe by working towards the safest jobsites in the world (read about our Safety training);
  • Advocating for progressive workers’ rights;
  • Creating inclusive work spaces for women and minorities;
  • Supporting craft trades through programs like the Red Seal.

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Contact IUPAT DC38 here.

IUPAT District Council 38 is committed to supporting trades people in all stages of their career

IUPAT DC38 has members working in painting and decorating, glazing and architectural metal work, drywall finishing, interior systems mechanics/lathing, hazardous materials workers, and allied trades, including inside glass, sign and display workers, and waterblasters.

Whether you have enjoyed a hockey game at BC Place, checked out a bestseller from the Surrey Public Library in Central City, driven over bridges such as Pattullo in the Lower Mainland, Hagwilget in Northern BC, or Lower Liard River on the Alaska Highway, or stayed a night in the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, the work of our members can be experienced all throughout British Columbia.

The history of DC38 dates back to 1889 when a handful of painters joined the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America. Today IUPAT DC38 is an organization representing tradespeople in most facets of the finishing trades sector.

As technology in the finishing trades industry advances, IUPAT DC38 is committed to making sure its members have up-to-date training. In order to do this, IUPAT DC38 also runs the Finishing Trades Institute of BC, which is a state-of-the-art, 40,000 sq. ft facility located in Surrey. At the FTI we provide training and upgrading for our members at no cost. FTI also offers apprenticeships in painting, glazing, drywall finishing, and lathing.