- Dollarama announced that it has been recognized as an essential business in Quebec and will stay open during the outbreak.
- It's also giving a pay increase to employees.
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," said Neil 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.
Store hours have also been reduced to accommodate social distancing rules. Senior citizens can benefit from an extra hour in the morning to avoid a rush of people during the day.
The company recommends that shoppers follow the government's regulations by keeping a safe two-metre distance from each other, coughing into their elbows, and frequently washing their hands.
Keep in mind that all non-essential businesses will be closed in Quebec until April 13. Non-essential businesses include most retail stores, shopping malls, restaurant dining rooms, and more.
To see what's still open, check out the Quebec government's official list here.
Quebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. You can read about them.
More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.