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  • Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas with the simple premise of offering quality goods at lower prices. His vision and drive made Walmart the largest retailer in the world and brings value to millions of customers every day, helping them save money and live better.

    In 1994, Walmart Canada launched with 122 stores. Twenty-nine years later, we’re more than 400 stores strong, employing more than 100,000 people in Canada. Here’s a quick overview of our history in Canada.


Walmart Canada History


Welcome to the neighbourhood! Walmart Canada opens with 122 stores across the country.

Customers shop inside a busy Walmart store.


A study shows, in less than a year since Walmart launched in Canada, the average price of a basket of consumable goods fell 8%.


Proud Moment! Walmart Canada ranked best in customer service and value for money. (Strategy Magazine).

Close up image of a blue prize ribbon


Opened in-store vision centres.

A smiling optometrist examining the eyes of a smiling child


Wow. 1.1 million associates around the world – Walmart is officially the world’s largest private employer.

A group of Walmart associates posing for a photo


Walmart Supercentre


Ryerson study found Walmart’s presence often increases sales at neighbouring small merchants in Canada.


Launched George clothing line.

A Walmart associate arranged clothing on a rack


Supercentres open in Canada, providing customers with fresh groceries and general merchandise all under one roof.

A group of Walmart associates pose with fresh groceries while standing if front of a crowd of cheering associates


Milestone: We keep growing. Walmart opens its 300th store in Canada in Mississauga, Ontario.

A large crowd of shoppers are lined up to enter a Walmart Supercentre


Save Money. Live Better. Great new branding and tagline.

Walmart logo. Save Money. Live Better.


A close up image of Walmart associate’s vest


Launched Women in Retail (WIR) program.

A female Walmart associate stands in a product aisle


Take it online. Walmart.ca is launched and sets a standard for e-commerce.

Hands using a computer keyboard and mouse

Introduced two new private brands; Our Finest a premium food brand and Hometrends a home décor brand.


Happy Anniversary - 20 years in Canada!

A badge, reading: Celebrating 20 Years in Canada. Walmart. Saving Canadians Money since 1994.


Milestone: $100 million raised over 20 years for Canadian children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network.

A smiling girl holding a teddy bear sitting on top of a hospital bed

Launched online grocery pickup and delivery.


Opened first prototype design store in Guelph, Ontario. New look and feel and better customer experience.

Walmart Supercentre storefront


Walmart joins Pride parades across Canada.


Announced our commitment to zero food waste by 2025.

Launched our Associate Promise highlighting the unique characteristics of Walmart to help make this, that place: purpose, well-being, inclusion, opportunity and innovation.

This is that place logo


Happy anniversary! 25 years in Canada!

Opened first Urban Supercentre Concept Store.

Grocery delivery now available in all provinces.

Woman receiving a Walmart bag of groceries delivered to her home


Tall trees with green canopy


Announced a $3.5 billion investment over the next five years to generate growth and to improve the omni shopping experience.

Set goal to become a regenerative company.


Partnered with Thrive Global, making associate well-being a priority.

Buzz-worthy: Introduced new pollinator health commitments.

Commitment of USD $20 million over five years to advance equity for Black and Indigenous Canadians through food security and economic opportunity.


Walmart Canada says goodbye to single-use plastic bags.

Walmart Canada is the first major Canadian retailer to offer carbon-neutral last-mile delivery.

Walmart Canada opens high-tech, sustainable grocery distribution centre in Surrey, B.C.

Walmart Fulfilment Services arrives in Canada, bringing even faster service for customers shopping with Marketplace sellers on walmart.ca.

Walmart Canada raises $200M for Children’s Miracle Network to fund treatments and services delivered at children’s hospitals across Canada.