Best Buy Canada Ltd.

Best Buy Canada Ltd.

May 26, 2009 09:00 ET

Best Buy Canada Announces New Policy on Plastic Bag Fee in Toronto

Proceeds to benefit Toronto youth through Best Buy for Kids program

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2009) - Best Buy, Canada's fastest growing specialty retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, today announced that on June 1, 2009 in compliance with a City of Toronto bylaw it will start charging customers five cents for shopping bags at its locations within the GTA. The entire proceeds raised from the collection of this fee will be donated from the Best Buy for Kids giving program to youth programs in Toronto.

"Best Buy is thrilled to be able to provide the dual benefit of assisting Canadians with reducing their overall environmental footprint as well as making a donation that will help improve the lives of children within the GTA," said Jill Sabiston, VP Retail Operations, Best Buy Canada.

Each year Best Buy Canada allocates a percentage of its total profits to the Best Buy for Kids program. Through its charitable donations this year, the program will support:

- Best Buy Canada "Best in Class Fund" - the company's signature giving program

- Tech it Away - the company's student-led electronics recycling program

- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

- Tel-jeunes Quebec

- Little Geeks

- Store Donation Program - local market donations from the company's 58 Best Buy stores that support local charities in those communities

About Best Buy - Canada

Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY). Best Buy is Canada's fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment software and also operates the Geek Squad. There are currently 58 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.

Since the company's introduction to the Canadian marketplace in 2002, Best Buy has donated millions of dollars and thousands of employee volunteer hours to various non-profit organizations that are working to improve the lives of young people throughout Canada. For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit

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