28 February 2013
CPISC shutting down in March
OTTAWA—The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) will cease operations March 22. Its last projects will be a set of Graphic Design Skill Standards and an updated Labour Market Information report.

According to a release, "it was considered prudent to cease operations concurrent with the cessation of the Federal funding that had enabled the Council's work for seven years." CPISC was established in 2006 by the federal government through the Sector Council Program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Near the end of 2011, the government announced funding cuts to all sector councils, leaving CPISC and others to rely on membership fees to stay afloat.

CPISC provided assistance to employers and employees in the Canadian printing and graphic communications industry, addressing skills development and human resource needs for management, workers, suppliers and educators.

"The Council played a critical role as the printing industry went through its greatest changes in a century," said co-chair Duncan Brown, in a release. "With the incredible support of the men and women who make the industry run, we were able to produce products that have helped refine the way the industry recruits, trains and motivates its workforce."

Among the tools and resources CPISC developed are national skill standards lists, occupational profiles, labour market information, a roadmap of industry technology, an online HR toolkit, and the Career Focus Program that co-chair Jeff Ekstein said has helped companies attract new people to the industry.

In 2012, CPISC and the CPIA (Canadian Printing Industries Association) were  inching towards a possible merger. According to CPISC executive director Marie Eveline, the CPIA and the CEP (Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada), both of which were instrumental in the formation of CPISC, will continue to work in tandem to continue CPISC's work. Employer-related resources, like the labour market information and the HR toolkit, will be maintained by the CPIA.

Eveline will be serving as executive director until the council officially closes.
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