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.
Welcome to the neighbourhood! Walmart Canada opens with 122 stores across the country.
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).
Opened in-store vision centres.
Wow. 1.1 million associates around the world – Walmart is officially the world’s largest private employer.
Ryerson study found Walmart’s presence often increases sales at neighbouring small merchants in Canada.
Launched George clothing line.
Supercentres open in Canada, providing customers with fresh groceries and general merchandise all under one roof.
Milestone: We keep growing. Walmart opens its 300th store in Canada in Mississauga, Ontario.
Save Money. Live Better. Great new branding and tagline.
Launched Women in Retail (WIR) program.
Take it online. Walmart.ca is launched and sets a standard for e-commerce.
Introduced two new private brands; Our Finest a premium food brand and Hometrends a home décor brand.
Happy Anniversary - 20 years in Canada!
Milestone: $100 million raised over 20 years for Canadian children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network.
Launched online grocery pickup and delivery.
Opened first prototype design store in Guelph, Ontario. New look and feel and better customer experience.
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.
Happy anniversary! 25 years in Canada!
Opened first Urban Supercentre Concept Store.
Grocery delivery now available in all provinces.
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.