At the same time, I appreciate that the pandemic has been extremely challenging for many small retail businesses. As I’ve shared publicly with media and government officials, Walmart would like to see all retail businesses – including our biggest and smallest competitors – able to remain open with proper capacity restrictions and strict safety protocols.
We’ve also accelerated payments to our small Canadian suppliers and service providers and are working with all our Canadian suppliers to serve our customers in-store and online with items at Walmart’s everyday low prices.
Thanking our associates
I’m so proud of all our associates.
They truly do represent the diversity we enjoy in Canada, which is one of the reasons I’m pleased to share Walmart Canada was recently recognized as a champion of diversity and inclusion for our dedication to hiring a diverse workforce.
Every day, I also hear amazing stories about our associates stepping up and helping their communities. People like Shane, a manager from a store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who drove a stranded customer home when a snowstorm hit the city. Or associates at our store in Simcoe, Ontario who arranged a special “essential workers” shopping event for the temporary foreign workers from a local farm, including a welcome sign and cheers as they arrived!
Last week, all active store, distribution centre and fleet associates in Canada received a new appreciation bonus – that’s 85,000 associates! The bonus is another way we’re saying thank you to our team.
Overall, we’ve invested an additional $125 million this year in associate support, including enhanced associates discount days, no-cost access to tele-health care professionals, mental health support and counseling through EQ Care.
I love this new video, an extra special thank you to our amazing associates from Canadians across the country. If you’re visiting a store or interacting with an associate while they load groceries into your car, a thank you – from a distance – goes a long way.