MTS Allstream Named One of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Stock Symbol: MBT

WINNIPEG/TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") is pleased to announce that it has been named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2010. This annual competition, announced today in the Globe & Mail and online at Eluta.ca, recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

In selecting the winners of this award, the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers compare each employer to others in its industry across the country to examine a range of diversity programs covering five major employee groups: women; members of visible minorities; people with disabilities; Aboriginals; and those from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirit (GLBTT) community.

"MTS Allstream is very proud to receive this distinction as a one of the best employers in Canada in the area of diversity. There are many great employers who lead their industries in striving to achieve a workplace that is equitable and diverse, and it's an honour to be among them," said Aliana Rozenek, Chief Human Resources Officer, MTS Allstream. "We value and encourage diversity in our workplace. Not only is it the right thing to do, it's a competitive advantage for the company. This recognition speaks to the important role our employees play in being successful in a challenging and evolving industry."

MTS Allstream tracks diversity-related representation within its workforce through a voluntary self identification program. The goal of the employment equity program is to achieve a workforce that is diverse and representative of the communities in which we live and do business.

In addition to being a strong leader in a competitive industry, the company has a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility, supports the principles of sustainability, and is committed to giving back to its communities across the country. MTS Allstream was also named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in Canada and Top 25 Employers in Manitoba for 2010.

For more information on employment opportunities at MTS Allstream, go to www.mtsallstream.com/careers.

About MTS Allstream

MTS Allstream is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 6,000 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream is a proud sponsor of Cindy Klassen, 2006 World Champion and Canada's greatest Olympian, and a proud contributor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream services, markets, community commitments and record of creating shareholder value are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

SOURCE MTS Allstream

For further information: For further information: Media: Greg Burch, MTS Allstream Corporate Communications, (204) 941-8576, (416) 345-3576, media.relations@mtsallstream.com; Investors: Paul Peters, MTS Allstream Investor Relations, (204) 941-6178, investor.relations@mtsallstream.com

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