Walmart ramps up hiring in Canada
MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Walmart Canada is ramping up hiring amid rapid expansion in this country by the U.S.-based retail giant.
Walmart says it will open 47 hiring centres across the country as it adds a total of some 4,000 new employees this year and next, about 500 more than previously announced.
Included are most of the 39 former Zellers stores for which Walmart Canada purchased leasehold rights in June 2011.
They will reopen as Walmart stores in this fiscal year.
The mass retailer pays “above minimum wage,” which varies by province, said Alex Roberton, spokesman for Walmart Canada, adding that employees can also participate in a profit-sharing program.
Roberton said the chain is “looking to hear” from former Zellers employees, whose experience would be taken into consideration.
In addition to the permanent jobs, the various projects are expected to generate some 10,500 construction jobs.
Walmart Canada pharmacies are also in the midst of a significant hiring phase.
Walmart Canada has already hired 900 employees this year, from sales associates to managers in its stores across the country, to field operations and home office positions.