CPIA and CPISC Discuss Merger
In a statement from the two organizations, it was revealed that there are plans in the works to merge the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) and the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA). The resultant entity would “create a single, new organization to deliver services address priorities within Canada’s printing and graphics communications industry.”
“Canada’s printing industry has gone through a technological revolution that has changed almost every aspect of the business,” says Sandy Stephens, Chairman of the Board of CPIA. “The kind of support that industry players need—in human-resource development, in information, in marketing, in advocacy to government and in training—is markedly different than it was a decade ago. This is the perfect time to explore the creation of a single agency that can offer leadership, support and networking opportunities beyond those that exist today.”
The CPISC will lose its federal funding by March 31, 2013. According to CPISC’s annual report for 2010/2011, it received $1.8 million from the government. The CPISC was co-founded in April 2006 by the CPIA and Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union. It is one of 34 sector councils operating in the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program, which involves more than half of Canada’s labour market.