For the vast majority of students' unions, producing a campus dayplanner can
be an expensive and time-consuming endeavour. Many students' unions are being
gouged by for-profit companies, and often for generic books of mediocre quality.
The Federation's handbook project was initiated primarily to reduce the cost
of producing high-quality handbooks, particularly for smaller students' unions.
Students' unions of all sizes soon benefited from the project, and today even
the largest students' unions in Canada realise savings from the economies of
scale enjoyed by the common handbook project.
The volume of books produced allows for better quality paper, colour pages,
and fewer advertisements, while achieving savings in writing and editing, design,
printing, and binding. These economies of scale have enabled some students' unions
to eliminate local advertising from their handbook. Other locals have chosen to
continue to maintain local advertising, thereby reducing their costs even further.
Although producing a dayplanner through the Canadian Federation of Students
dramatically reduces costs because of the size of the print run, that does not
mean that the "local flavour" is compromised. Cover art, optional advertising,
customizable calendar pages, and up to 64 pages of local content are all available
with the project.