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Our associates are our greatest strength.

We’re lucky to have an incredibly diverse, dedicated group of associates across Walmart Canada. Since the beginning of 2020 and throughout the pandemic, our committed associates showed up to serve communities when they were needed most.

Demand led to more than 20,000 new hires and an investment of an additional $125 million in associate support this year. Here are just a few of the stories representing the collective good of our workforce.

Find out how an assistant manager in Saskatchewan saved the day during a snowstorm.
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Backbone of the Business: Walmart Canada’s Associates - Shane
Backbone of the Business: Walmart Canada’s Associates - Shane
See how a group of associates teamed up to honour frontline workers.
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Backbone of the Business: Walmart Canada’s Associates - Barrie Walmart
Backbone of the Business: Walmart Canada’s Associates - Barrie Walmart
Meet a student whose life has changed for the better thanks to Walmart Canada’s associate scholarship program.
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Walmart Canada Associate Scholarship recipient
Walmart Canada Associate Scholarship recipient
This is how we support associates…

Walmart Canada hired more than 20,000 new associates across the country. 
Overall, more than 85,000 associates were given appreciations bonuses in 2020. 
Walmart Canada has invested $125 million more this year in associate support during the pandemic, including:
•	No-cost access to tele-health care professionals, including mental health support and counseling, through EQ Care.
•	We started with a March appreciation bonus ($200 for full-time and $100 for part-time). In December, all active associates received a new appreciation bonus. ($250 for full-time and $150 for part-time). Coaches and managers also received bonuses. 
•	Support through any mandated quarantines and expanded sick leaves. 
•	Thank you premium (extra $2 for every hourly associate on top of regular hourly rate through April and May).
•	Ten associate discount enhancement days (bringing the total discount on purchases to 20% discount).

Our Associate Scholarship program awarded $146,000 in scholarships to 73 exceptional students across Canada.


Our associates have stepped up and led throughout this pandemic. In true Walmart spirit, they show up for work, ready to serve our customers and communities during these extraordinary times. Every day, I hear stories about our associates going above and beyond and I am proud and grateful. It continues to be a privilege and a tremendous responsibility to be providing an essential service for our communities.

Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Our associates are constantly amazing us and I could not be more humbled by the dedication of every single frontline associate across all our stores, distribution centres and fleet. In every Walmart, in every community, our associates have been there since day 1, helping Canadians when they need us the most.

Nabeela Ixtabalan, Executive Vice President, People and Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Our associates have quickly risen above and beyond to adapt to a new way of working, serving our customers while prioritizing all the safety measures we’ve implemented. The bonuses reflects our appreciation for our incredible associates who continue to ensure shelves are stocked, the checkout experience is fast, online orders are fulfilled, and customers have access to all their family needs.

Sam Wankowski, Chief Operations Officer, Walmart Canada