HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Quebec will not publish content anymore, according to a statement the outlet posted on its website on Tuesday.
“As of March 9, HuffPost Canada will no longer be publishing content. Existing content will be maintained as an online archive; however, certain site features were permanently disabled as of March 12,” the statement said.
In a tweet, the HuffPost Canada Union posted that all the staff are now out of a job.
“Today is a sad day. This morning, we found out that BuzzFeed will be shutting down operations of HuffPost Canada and Quebec next week,” they said in a tweet.
Today is a sad day. This morning, we found out that BuzzFeed will be shutting down operations of HuffPost Canada and Quebec next week.
All of our staff are now out of a job.
— HuffPost Canada Union (@HuffpostCAUnion) March 9, 2021
HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Quebec officially filed to join CWA Canada, which is Canada’s only all-media union, on Feb. 23. In a follow up tweet, the HuffPost Canada union said that they were told the decision to shut down operations was made before their organizing effort and is not linked to their unionizing.
In a tweet, CWA Canada criticized the decision and said that they were “shocked and appalled.”
The Buzzfeed Canada union released a statement standing in solidarity with the HuffPost Canada union.
“We also strongly condemn the decision to take these websites’ homepages offline barely an hour after employees were told of their impending closure, and without warning,” the Buzzfeed Canada union said.
Today, BuzzFeed announced the closure of HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Québec as well as layoffs at HuffPost US.
— BuzzFeed Canada Union ✊🇨🇦 (@bfcaunion) March 9, 2021
The Buzzfeed News union also released a statement on Twitter and said it was particularly worrying to see Buzzfeed close the entire HuffPost Canada office less than a month after they unionized.
With files from CBC News, and The Canadian Press