In May, Postmedia announced 44 permanent layoffs that would affect staff at publications across the country. 

After a voluntary buyout negotiation process as permitted by papers’ collective agreements, the final departures — which total 38 — are as follows: 


Windsor Star: 9 production layoffs, 1 in newsroom

Winnipeg Sun: 4 production layoffs

London Free Press: 1 voluntary layoff

Brantford Expositor: 1 voluntary layoff

Chatham Daily News: 1 layoff

Simcoe Reformer: 1 voluntary layoff

Belleville Intelligencer: 1 voluntary layoff

Toronto Sun: 4 voluntary layoffs

Vancouver Sun and Province: 4 voluntary layoffs

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Windsor Star: 5 production layoffs

Montreal Gazette: 2 non-newsroom layoffs

Ottawa Citizen: 2 voluntary layoffs

Kingston Whig-Standard: 2 layoffs

Updated March 11, 2021:

Postmedia notified Unifor Local 2000 on Nov. 19, 2020 that it would be reducing salary expenses by 15 percent at the Vancouver Sun and the Province newspapers. The voluntary buyout process resulted in the departure of 10 employees: 6 from editorial, 2 from advertising, 1 from business and 1 from IT.

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