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CPIA and CPISC to Join Forces

October 31, 2012

A spokesperson for the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) confirmed today that the association is to join forces with the Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC). The two groups are still working out specific details about the new entity and its leadership, but can confirm it is scheduled to be in place for the start of 2013.

The spokesperson was also able to confirm that the new entity is to be membership-driven and represent the printing sector on a national basis. The marketing and finance committees overseeing the amalgamation also plan to present a new value proposition for members.

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), led by Executive Director Marie Eveline, was established in 2006 as a non-profit organization – through the Sectoral Partnerships Initiative of Human Resources and Social Development Canada – to tackle human resource issues within the allied printing sector. 

In November 2011, CPISC announced the Federal government would begin phasing out its core funding (effective March 31, 2013). The organization received government contributions of over $3 million in its 2010 and 2011 fiscal years, which includes funding for projects and reports, as well as the core functions like administration.

The CPIA, based in Ottawa, was founded in 1939 to represent interests of its member firms for policy formation, regulation and legislation. In the past, membership in the CPIA was contingent upon a firm belonging to one of the association's Formally Affiliated Regional Associations (FARAs), based on provincial location. In the past couple of years, however, key FARAs like the British Columbia Printing Industries Association and Ontario Printing Industries Association have broken off from the CPIA.

More details about the specifics of the new entity, its leadership and value proposition for the printing sector are expected to be released over the next few weeks, heading into 2013.

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