The Canadian Pallet Council (CPC) is a Canadian success story. Established and based in Canada since 1977, the CPC continues to provide low cost, competitive pallet services, including an efficient interchange system for the Canadian consumer products industry. The CPC is a non-profit organization with over 1000 members who own and exchange the almost seven million distinctive orange pallets in circulation.

The CPC has evolved to meet the needs of its members and will continue to do so. The CPC is much more than just pallets. We offer a variety of services to our members including education and training which is a major focus for the organization. The CPC has a formal, targeted education program to train pallet administrators in best practices which result in lower pallet costs. The CPC also has dedicated staff to support members from coast to coast.

The CPC offers Asset Management tools and best practices that are the basis of all Asset Management systems. In January of 2004, the CPC launched CTSWEB, a web based tool for container tracking which will replace the current CTS PC based application. CTSWEB improves the ease of use of the CPC system and significantly reduces administrative efforts through reduced keying and a simplified reconciliation process. The new system provides transparency throughout the supply chain and offers a system wide picture of the location and responsibility of all returnable assets. In Juyly 2012, the CPC launched Electronic Container Transfer (ECT) which was developed to reduce the logistics costs of returning empty pallets or containers. The ECT technology leverages the CTSWEB database to provide opportunities for trading partners.

In January 2004, the CPC launched a new, proprietary Pallet Cost Model for members who own their own pallets. Created for the CPC by senior industry experts, this comprehensive computer based model will enable a manufacturer or supplier to accurately determine their pallet requirements and costs with a minimum amount of time and input.

Mission Statement

The Canadian Pallet Council will provide the consumer goods industry supply chain with the most cost effective returnable pallet standards and container interchange system in Canada, by setting, monitoring and enforcing policies, procedures and standards that meet our members’ performance and quality requirements.

The CPC will be a partner in container pool management, a service provider responsible for data and information management and a facilitator in developing member cooperation and commitment.


In 1968 the Distribution Managers of several major Canadian Grocery companies met to establish a standard pallet for interchange. Up until then the pallets in use were a variety of sizes and designs resulting in costly delays and high labour costs. What evolved was the 48″ X 40″ four-way entry wood pallet, known as the GPMC pallet. The use of this standard pallet became more and more wide spread until in 1977 it was felt necessary to form the Canadian Pallet Council to administer the program – and thus the CPC association was created. In later years the pallets were painted with their distinctive orange stripe and logo, which are registered trademarks of the CPC.

The CPC was created on the basis of pallet ownership, assuming that pallet users would purchase and maintain their pallets. Today the CPC includes other pallet services including pallet rental (short and long term), one-way and retrieval programs. Members must repair damaged pallets at approved CPC member locations. Over 30 pallet companies compete to provide these services to CPC user members. CPC membership includes Suppliers and Manufacturers, Distributors and Retailers, Public Warehouses, Transport Carriers, 3rd Party Logistic Companies, as well as Pallet Manufacturing, Rental, Repair and Retrieval companies.