Goodfood Creates Essential Canadian Pay Program Rewarding Employees with a Minimum $2 Hourly Raise for All Operations and Production Staff
MONTREAL, March 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Goodfood Market Corp. (“Goodfood” or “the Company”) (TSX:FOOD), a leading online grocery company in Canada, announced today the introduction of its Essential Canadian Pay Program, raising the pay of all its hourly and salaried operations and production employees by a minimum of $2 per hour throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
“We are proud of our hard-working employees across the country who are instrumental to Goodfood’s operations and to helping Canadians receive groceries and meal solutions delivered safely to their homes during these trying times,” said Neil Cuggy, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. “Goodfood is considered an essential service and will remain open for the duration of the current crisis. Our teams recognize the importance of this responsibility and are motivated by their duty to keep Canadians fed and healthy. It was therefore paramount for us to reward our employees with our “Hero Pay Program” during this period, recognizing their continued and incredible efforts in keeping our operations running as efficiently as possible,” concluded Mr. Cuggy.In addition to the Essential Canadian Pay Program, Goodfood will continue to ensure the health and safety of employees throughout the pandemic by enforcing strict hygiene measures and implementing global best practices.As previously indicated, Goodfood is also hiring over 500 new employees to respond to increasing demand from Canadians coast-to-coast. Interested applicants can find all of Goodfood’s current openings by visiting this page: makegoodfood.ca/en/careersAbout GoodfoodGoodfood (TSX:FOOD) is a leading online grocery company in Canada, delivering fresh meal solutions and grocery items that make it easy for members from coast to coast to enjoy delicious meals at home every week. Goodfood’s mission is to make the impossible come true, from farm to kitchen, by enabling members to do their weekly meal planning and grocery shopping in less than 1 minute. Goodfood members get access to a unique selection of products online as well as exclusive pricing made possible by its world class direct to consumer fulfilment ecosystem that cuts out food waste and expensive retail overhead. The Company has its main production facility and administrative offices based in Montreal, Quebec, two production facilities out West, in Calgary, AB and Vancouver, BC, and a breakfast facility in Montreal, Quebec. Goodfood had 246,000 active subscribers as at February 29, 2020. www.makegoodfood.caFor further information:FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
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