Dozens of magazine workers have learned they will be out of work come the end of the year.

On Dec. 31, 2016, 60 employees with L'Actualité, and the French versions of Chatelaine and Loulou will be dismissed, presumably with severnance packages.

Only 20 employees will remain.

The mass layoffs are the result of Rogers Communications deciding to get out of publishing French-language magazines and scaling back its English publications.

The company put the French magazines up for sale and is in negotiations to sell L'Actualité, although signs point to the new owner wanting to revise employee contracts.

A deal should be announced in the next few weeks.

It is also shutting down the print editions of Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business magazines, and will instead shift those to digital-only versions.

Maclean's will only be printed on a monthly basis, while Chatelaine's English version, and Today's Parent will be published six times a year.


With files from The Canadian Press