22 October 2014
Queen's Printer for B.C. to outsource all printing
VICTORIA—Victoria’s Queen’s Printer— the provider of printing and related services to the BC Government, federal government and public sector— will be fully outsourcing its printing services to the private sector by summer 2015.

The Queens Printer will continue to broker printing contracts on behalf of the government, but says the growth of electronic publishing and digital information has reduced the demand for government printing.
“Currently Queen’s Printer contracts out about 54% of all the jobs that come in because one printer can’t possibly serve the full needs of government,” communications manager Melody Way said. “Everything from maps, to road signs, to books, and depending on a ministries deadline and requirements. So we’ll be moving to a fully outsourced model next summer.”

Its own electronic publishing division will continue to provide documents for free online, however up to 31 staff may be impacted by the transition. “They’re part of a union called Unifor and that’s for printing staff so they’re very specialized,” Way said. “We are working with the Unifor union and also the BC Public Service Agency to do what we can for the staff. But print brokers will still be required and some design work will continue, so that’s why we say potentially up to 31 employees but between now and next summer the numbers can look a little different.”

B.C. is not the first province to outsource its printing, Manitoba and the Government of Canada moved to a fully outsourced model for printed material more than a decade ago. Way said print shops all across the province including local ones will be considered for jobs, depending on where the work is required.
Comments:
3. Peter says:
23 October 2014 at 5:41 PM
As a employee of Queen's Printer all one needed to do is have a look inside. We are one of the most modern and up-to-date full service print and bindery facilities on Vancouver Island with a full machine shop. The equipment will be sold to the people who will be doing the printing for a lower wage but higher cost per finished product. QP ran in the black.
2. Sasha says:
22 October 2014 at 3:30 PM
That is true. This change will most likely lead to increased costs for printing. Will they have to pay out the existing employees? Could be very expensive indeed. They should consider this is the public's money they are spending.
1. Tim says:
22 October 2014 at 1:44 PM
Dumb move. Now taxpayers will pay the higher prices charged by commercial printers. They need to make a profit. The in-plant did not. The Queens Printer should have invested in digital equipment not abandoned in-house printing.
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