As an independent paint & decorating dealer, you know that there are a lot of parts and pieces needed to make your store work. Canpro is here to help the independent with the parts and pieces that you may be missing.
As a member of Canpro, you add to your buying skills the volume of over 1800 stores, earning you better prices, preferred terms, and volume rebates that are simply unobtainable by any single independent.
Each new member that joins our group, increases Canpro's buying power, and earns itself and the other members larger rebates from many of our suppliers. Canpro can increase your profits and allow you to be more competitive.
That is the Canpro advantage.
Canpro which has been serving the needs of independent paint and wallcovering retailers since 1996, was formed to allow our members to remain competitive with the onslaught of the “big box” stores that were then popping up across Canada.
In 2018 Canpro became Canpro Decorating Products Cooperative, regulated under the Canadian Cooperatives Act. Our members are the Shareholders, and they elect our Board of Directors and govern the operation of the Cooperative.
From our initial 5 shareholders in 1996, Canpro has grown to having over 200 leading retailer store fronts from across Canada. With sales in excess of $100 Million dollars we are by far the largest decorating products buying group in Canada.
Unlike other buying groups which are Corporations, the Canpro Decorating Products Cooperative is a 100% member owned Cooperative registered by the Government of Canada under the Canada Cooperatives Act.
Ever wonder how a buying group can operate without having any fees or costs to it’s members? Free buying groups recover the costs of the operation and obtains their profit by having “back end deals” from the vendors, hidden central purchasing discounts, and or by retaining part of the annual volume rebates that the members earn from the vendors. Every discount that Canpro gets from our vendors is passed along to our members, and 100% of the volume rebates we collectively earn is passed back to the members that made the purchases.
Of course there is a cost of operating a buying group, and this has to come from somewhere. The shareholder members of Canpro pay a fee to belong, and a very small upcharge on purchases (3/10’s of 1 percent.. that's .003 billed on a monthly basis).
Canpro is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. By law every shareholder of Canpro gets a copy of our annual financial statements, after all they are the owners of the buying group, not merely customers or members. You cannot get much more transparent.
We have the largest number of quality vendors, that meet all of your needs from paint, coatings, wallcovering, tools, spray equipment, home decor, flooring, blinds in short almost everything in your stores, all with strong programs that will save your company money.
With Canpro's $115 Million Dollar volume, combined with ALLPRO's Billion Dollar per year volume , that gives our members very powerful buying power and volume rebates.
In 2002 Canpro became a shareholder of the ALLPRO buying group in the United States, which has over 1800 independent store fronts in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Bermuda.
Canpro members enjoy all of the benefits of the ALLPRO supplier programs.
Canpro and Allpro members have access to over 1500 ALLPRO and Canpro private label sku's, that are our exclusive brand not available in box or chain stores. Brushes, Rollers, tools, drop sheets, masking paper, masking tape, pails and mixing cups, paint sprayers, the list goes on and on. All made to ALLPRO specs by the leading manufacturers of quality products.
When you join Canpro Decorating Products, you also get a membership in CFIB!
With 110,000 members, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association dedicated to increasing the odds of success for business owners. All Canpro Decorating Products members can enjoy exclusive CFIB savings on essential business services like payment processing, banking, shipping and payroll processing. Plus, you can get expert advice on virtually any HR, compliance or business issue - and a stronger voice at all levels of government!
If you are interested in more information about becoming an owner of a buying group, please feel free to contact the managing director of Canpro by phoning +1 (780) 428-6690 or by
Prime Time Paint
Pauls Paintin' Place
Days Painting Supplies Edmonton, AB
"The Canpro buying group has allowed us to become a painting leader in Quebec by giving us access to the most competitive prices, thanks to collective buying power. We now have access to an equal array of Canadian and American suppliers, and two trade shows each year where we have the opportunity to meet suppliers and sellers from all over North America.”
Serge Fortin and Isabelle Roy, Juneau & frères, Quebec, Quebec
"Canpro has given us access to products and prices simply not possible on our own. Canpro has allowed us to be more competitive and increased our margins at the same Time!! Joining Canpro is a no Brainer!!”
Doug Abernethy, Abernethys Paint/Wallpaper, Bowmanville, Ontario
“Main advantages to Canpro ... Networking with fellow dealers across country, who are not your direct competitors, both at meetings and over the phone or internet...Obviously the purchasing advantages help ensuring we can be more competitive”
Bob Heer, Heer’s Decorating, Guelph, Ontario
“I’m a huge fan of Canpro so here are a few of my thoughts....
a) Canpro membership gives me the credibility to talk to some suppliers that traditionally would ignore me as an independent. ......
b) Canpro champions the cause of the independent paint dealer unlike any other organization I belong to.”
Hal Cowie, Kingston Paint & Wallcovering, Kingston, Ontario
“Being a member of Canpro has benefited my business greatly, by being able to freely interchange ideas with the most successfull retailers in our industry. I have learned a lot from my peers, the other shareholder members of Canpro"
Bob Pringle,Days Painting Supplies, Edmonton, Alberta
“Canpro has benefited us by many thousands of dollars, as well have met and networked with many members. Canpro makes you feel like part of something bigger will help us independents survive and to stay strong!”
Marshall Wideman - Wideman Paint & Decor, Camrose, Alberta
“There is a obvious benefit from buying groups: buying at a better price, having access to more product lines, and of course the rebates. But the biggest benefit would be the interaction between members, sharing ideas and giving advice, all working together to grow our businesses!”
Laura Kinney, Mountain Paint & Supply, Whistler, B.C
“I’m proud to sell Allpro/Canpro branded supplies. It helps me to be competitive and differentiate my store from “Big Box” retailers. Growing our own personal brand while partnered up in a brand that is comprised of a buying group of like minded retailers just makes good sense.”
Dave Allan- Southpointe Paint & Decorating.