Following the June 12 decision by the Coopérative nationale de l’information indépendante (CN2i) to permanently stop publishing its newspapers during the week, TC Transcontinental announced the definitive closure of the printing plants Transcontinental de la Capitale (Québec City) and Transcontinental Qualimax (Gatineau), both located in the province of Québec.
These plants were primarily dedicated to printing CN2i’s daily newspapers, formerly owned by Groupe Capitales Médias.
These closures result in the loss of approximately 30 jobs per plant.
TC Transcontinental had maintained these plants in operation at the request of CN2i, publisher of Le Soleil, Le Droit, Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien-Le Progrès, La Tribune and La Voix de l'Est, because of their market proximity.
Following CN2i's decision at the end of March, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to cease the publication of its paper editions during the week, TC Transcontinental temporarily closed the abovementioned plants.
The business from these plants’ customers, including the Saturday editions of CN2i dailies, was then transferred to Transcontinental Transmag in Montréal, where the company recently invested in highly efficient, state-of-the-art printing presses, and where that business will remain.
“This decision is part of our strategy of continuously optimizing our printing platform by adjusting our capacity and costs to our business volumes," said Pierre Deslongchamps, senior VP, Québec and Atlantic, TC Transcontinental Printing. "We thank our employees affected by these closures for their exemplary work over the years and wish them the best of success in the future."
TC Transcontinental has ensured that employees of Transcontinental de la Capitale and Transcontinental Qualimax will be supported through their career transition.