What is DC38?

Also known as the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 38, “DC38” is a Union representing the “Finishing Trades” in BC.

The “Finishing Trades” include Painters, Interior Systems Mechanics, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Hazardous Materials Abatement Specialists, and many other related trades.

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.

About Us

IUPAT DC38 has members working in Painting and Decorating, Glazing and Architectural Metal Work, Drywall Finishing, Wall & Ceiling Installers (lathers), 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 one of the many hotels 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.

Why Join Us?

DC38’s most important job is to ensure fair wages, respectful treatment, and safety for our working members. By negotiating with employers on behalf of our members, DC38 is able to offer competitive wage packages, health benefits (coverage for prescription medication, vision care, etc.), and pension benefits. DC38 also provides free training and upgrading to our membership through our training school, The Finishing Trades Institute of BC.

Our Trades

Are you interested in working in the finishing trades? Read more about our trades by following the links below.

  • Painting (more)

  • Wall & Ceiling Installing & Finishing (more)

  • Glazing (more)

  • Hazardous Materials Abatement (more)

  • Allied/Other Trades