Canada's favourite value retailer, Dollarama, is now considered an essential business in Quebec. This news follows the announcement of the Quebec government's measures to close all non-essential businesses until April 13, 2020. All Dollarama retail locations with street access, including its Montreal-based distribution centre, however, will remain open during the pandemic.
With close to 1,300 stores across the country, Dollarama is an important part of the fabric of Canadian retail. People rely on Dollarama for almost everything from kitchen utensils to office supplies and more.
"As a weekly shopping destination for millions of Canadians, we are doing everything possible to keep our stores open and well-stocked to provide affordable everyday necessities to our customers in the days, weeks and months ahead," saidNeil Rossy, President and CEO of Dollarama.
"The vast majority of our stores across Canada will remain open to serve our customers while respecting official health and physical distancing directives."
Employees who are still working despite the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a 10% pay increase until July 1, 2020. This includes all in-store and warehouse workers.
"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," said Rossy.
As the situation in Quebec evolves, Dollarama will ensure that all employees, both short-term and long-term, are taken care of.
In addition, Dollarama has implemented stringent hygiene regulations to keep both customers and employees safe from a potential contagion.