Two more major retailers have joined the ranks of companies that have not only remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, but are upping their employees’ pay during the outbreak.
Dollarama announced in a statement on Tuesday that they would be offering a 10 per cent pay increase for store employees, as well as hourly workers at its distribution centre and warehouse.
Meanwhile Walmart Canada also announced today that employees would receive a bonus and premium pay program.
Walmart will pay each worker who is paid hourly an extra $2 per hour, between April 3rd and April 30th. Along with this, they will receive an additional 10 per cent discount for two days next month to help them purchase essentials.
The big box company says employees will also receive a $200 March bonus for active full-time workers and $100 for part-time workers.
Walmart says they are “incredibly proud” of their employees who are “rising to the challenge of these unprecedented times.”
Neil Rossy, CEO of Dollarama Inc. also said in a statement Tuesday, “Our ability to provide everyday essentials to millions of Canadians is only made possible through the hard work of the Dollarama team working in our stores, in our warehouses, and in our distribution centre.”
“We recognize the challenges they are facing and appreciate the incredible work they are doing to serve Canadians in these truly unprecedented circumstances.”
Recently Save-On-Foods locations took a similar action by boosting hourly pay by $2 for employees.