Loblaw closing Laval, Ottawa distribution centres, affecting nearly 800 workers
Grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd. has announced the closure of
distribution centres in Laval, Que., and Ottawa which will result in the
elimination of nearly 800 jobs.
About 545 employees north of Montreal will be affected by the end of
2021 as the distribution centre is relocated to the automated complex of
an Ontario subcontractor.
The grocery chain is also shutting a warehouse in Ottawa that will impact 230 workers.
Loblaw spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said the company is committed to
fairness for employees and will work with the unions to minimize the
impact of the closures.
"We will begin negotiations shortly, setting transition plans and
finding solutions for those colleagues -- including a long, two-year
wind down, and support for those who want new opportunities within
Loblaw or beyond," she wrote in an email.