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Year Two for CPISC Subsidy Program

March 01, 2010

The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC) is now accepting applications for the second year of its Career Focus Program, designed to provide printing-industry employers with a subsidy representing one third of a new employee’s total wage. The wage-subsidy program has a maximum limit of $12,750 per employee.

Submitted applications will be evaluated – on a first-come, first-serve basis – starting on April 1, 2010. 

Employers must meet a set of criteria to qualify for the program, which includes parameters like guaranteeing a minimum four months of continuous employment for the new employee, who must also work for at least 30 hours per week.

"It is definitely a win-win situation for both the employer and employee. I think other companies should jump aboard if they are looking to hire," stated Scott Milburn of Calgary-based Precision Label Ltd., in a press release. Precision Label is a Career Focus participant from the first round of the program, which was introduced in July 2009.

At the time of the program’s July 2009 introduction, CPISC received a $651,000 government grant to run Career Focus over three years.

CPISC also recently announced a May 7, 2010, date for its annual, one-day symposium, focusing on “opportunities and challenges facing Canada's printing and graphic communications industries.” Taking place in Halifax, the event will include a keynote from Howie Fenton, a senior consultant with the NAPL.

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