Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

May 31, 2006 08:03 ET

JVS Toronto Names Wal-Mart Canada Strictly Business 2006 Employer of the Year

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) -

Retailer recognized as a leader in workplace equity and inclusion

Today, Wal-Mart Canada announced it has received the 2006 Employer of the Year award at JVS Toronto's Fourth Annual Strictly Business Celebration of Success Luncheon. JVS Toronto commended Wal-Mart for its commitment to diversity and employment equity at all levels in the organization.

JVS Toronto, a non-profit, community-based agency, partners with both business sectors and government to help individuals identify their educational and vocational goals and then develop the skills and knowledge to achieve those goals. Through its Retail Source training program, participants are trained in sales techniques, customer service, effective communication skills, cash register training and retail merchandising skills. As a participant in the Retail Source training program, Wal-Mart Canada provides hands-on experience for those trainees who want to build a career in retail.

"We are honoured to be named JVS Toronto's Strictly Business 2006 Employer of the Year," said Mary-Alice Vuicic, vice-president of Wal-Mart Canada's People Division. "One of our top corporate objectives is to be the employer of choice in Canada. The Retail Source training program is not only a great opportunity for its trainees to learn about the retail business, but it has also given Wal-Mart an opportunity to continue to improve all aspects of our People programs."

For the past four years, Wal-Mart has participated in JVS Toronto's Retail Source training program designed to give both classroom and real-life experience for trainees entering the retail workplace. Trainees participating in the program at Wal-Mart have varying abilities, backgrounds and talents, with 70 per cent finding employment after completing their training. In fact, 40 Retail Source trainees have completed their training program at Wal-Mart, with 19 of those individuals subsequently hired by Wal-Mart, including people with disabilities.

"Wal-Mart is built on a culture of respect for the individual, people empowerment and striving for excellence," said Ms. Vuicic. "Today's recognition encourages us to continue our quest to be Canada's best employer."

Fast Facts:

- More than 50 per cent of all Wal-Mart Canada managers started out as hourly associates and were then promoted to management positions.

- Wal-Mart Canada has one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the Canadian retail industry - about 15 per cent lower than the national retail average.

- Wal-Mart Canada operates a world-renowned program of open communication which includes an Open Door Policy, giving all associates a constant avenue for their feedback on company policies, practices, issues and ideas.

- Wal-Mart has been consistently ranked one of Canada's best employers by international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates & Report on Business Magazine (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005.) The ranking included a survey of Wal-Mart associates across Canada.

About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada operates a growing network of 272 outlets nationwide. In recent years more than 100 Canadian communities have lobbied or petitioned to have a Wal-Mart built in their towns. The company employs more than 70,000 Canadians and has been ranked one of Canada's best employers four out of the past five years by international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business Magazine.

Contact Information

  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
    Christi Gallagher or Kevin Groh
    (905) 821-2111