Publisher will fold print editions of Xtra, lay off 12 staff.

Pink Triangle Press announced today that it will end the print editions of gay and lesbian weekly Xtra next month, moving the newspaper to being digital-only.

In a press release, the company said the decision was “a result of an eight-month strategic assessment process,” and would see 12 staff in publishing and administrative jobs laid off.

Ken Popert, president and executive director of PTP, said in the release, “We have concluded that a complete transition to digital media offers the best opportunity to continue to engage our audiences over the long term.”

As part of going digital-only, PTP said it would also launch a “Social Sponsorship program” to boost its community engagement.

The final print editions of Xtra in Ottawa and Vancouver will his newsstands on Feb. 12, with the final Toronto edition appearing a week later on the paper’s 31st anniversary.

In 2012, PTP shut down Fab, a free biweekly magazine.