• 1996

    Harding’s Painting - Founded by Dalton Harding

  • 1999

    Introduction of License System


  • 2011

    Introduction of Harding’s Services

  • 2017

    Harding’s Rebrand


  • 2018

    Transition from Licenses to Franchises started

  • 2018

    Ditch the DiY Brand Message

    no more do it yourself


  • 2019

    1st Franchise out of Alberta (Kelowna, BC)

  • 2020

    Reader’s Choice Gold Winner


  • 2021

    Reader’s Choice Winner and 25 Years of A+ BBB Accreditation

  • 2021 cont...

    Surpassed 400 Google Reviews!

    Google Review button

    2021 cont...

  • 2022

    Surpassed 500 Google Reviews!

    Opened new Franchises in Airdrie and Cochrane Alberta!

    Calgary PaintingBBB Torch Award Finalist

  • 2023

    Reader’s Choice Winner!

    Calgary Reader's Choice Award



Canadian made, Canadian proud! Harding’s Painting was founded in a household garage in Midnapore – Calgary , Alberta in 1996. Our founder Dalton Harding noticed a void in Calgary for a professional painting company that delivered a consistently high-quality product all while providing exceptional service.

At the time there were plenty of painting companies operating in the market but most offered workmanship of part-time and seasonal employees. These companies were seemingly fly-by-night operations. Dalton started a philosophy for Harding’s Painting bringing ‘Peace of Mind’ to his clients paintwork, ensuring worry-free service at a competitive price with consistent employees and contractors that you could rely on year-after-year.  As the company grows, the goals and ideals put in place by Dalton in 1996 are still very much evident in our ideology and workmanship.

Dalton started hiring more and more employees and contractors to help him complete projects in the growing company. As the leads came in, he quickly realized he needed help, but rather than hire more, he hired smarter. He did not realize it at the time but what he was creating was a fledgling licensed business on its way to become a full fledged franchise system.

The company grew under Dalton’s leadership over the next several years, taking on new licensees and expanding the range of services. In 2011 Dalton sold Harding’s Painting to his Licensee team and began to slowly step away from the day-to-day operations of the business. Dalton acted as Chairman of Harding’s during this transition period, allowing the management team to grow Harding’s into the multi-service company it is today. Offering’s now include handyman, painting, ceiling texturing, epoxy coatings and renovations. Franchising is offered in Painting vocations across Canada.

The Harding’s family of Licensee’s are excited to carry on Dalton’s vision. Managing Partner, Rob Hilditch, came on board in 2017 to develop and launch  the Harding’s Franchise system. Rob brings over 20 years of franchise experience and acumen in construction trades as well as business development.


Harding’s has become Calgary’s premiere painting company and expanded into various other vocations in Home Services. Currently, Harding’s operates in Calgary, Alberta with Licenses in Painting, Cleaning, Ceiling Texturing, Epoxy Floor Coatings, Renovations and Handyman Services, as well as a Painting & Handyman License in the Central Okanagan of BC.

Harding’s currently has 13 Licenses in Western Canada and is offering the franchise system as an individual Painting Franchise. The painting market is prime for growth. Canadian demographics are a perfect fit for trade franchises, especially painting franchises. The Baby Boomer and Millennial generations are joining the #DitchtheDiY Revolution, its now your turn to capitalize on that!

Join the #ditchtheDiY Revolution

There is a shift in Canadian demographics that are steering major sections of society away from DiY’ing and DiY projects. All the TV shows on HGTV  can ditch the diynot convince these groups to take on DiY projects.

A large number of Baby Boomers are in an economic position to purchase Painting services and do not want to spend their time on completing it themselves, or don’t have the tools or resources to complete them. The next generation to impact the market is Millennial’s. Millennial’s aren’t shopping for shiny new houses or starter homes in need only minor repairs. While the price tag is more affordable, Millennial’s are looking for a home that already has character, where they will leave their mark to fit their personal design aesthetic.  However, when it comes to remodeling, the up-cycling trend wins: repaint over renovate.

#ditchthediyCompleting any type of home improvement project requires training in all sorts of disciplines. Many people do not think of what encompasses an entire renovation or improvement in their homes.

Painting work is a skill set that requires chemical handling/storage, ladder safety, skim coating, sanding, caulking, woodworking skills, plumbing and electrical knowledge, understanding the difference between paints and quality then ultimately having that steady hand and acumen. Also, don’t forget the tools you need.

When you hire a professional you are guaranteed quality and a professional finish, something you may not be able to achieve on your own. A professional will complete the project in a timely and efficient manner, limiting the disruption to your home and lifestyle. Join the #ditchtheDiY Franchise Revolution and see for yourself!

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