MTS Allstream sole telco named as one of Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

Stock Symbol: MBT

Corporate Knights 2010 recognized companies based on environmental, social and governance indicators

WINNIPEG, June 22 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream is proud to announce that it has been named one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada, by Corporate Knights Inc. in its annual ranking survey, which was released today in the Globe and Mail.

"At MTS Allstream, we acknowledge that we have a corporate and social responsibility to operate and grow in a sustainable manner," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS Allstream. "We are honoured to be the only telecommunications company named among the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada and proud to stand out from our peers. This designation confirms that we are conducting business in a manner aligned with the principles of sustainable development and operating at a level comparable to some of the most significant companies in Canada."

Corporate Knights Inc. is an independent Canadian-based media company that publishes the world's largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on corporate responsibility. The company has been conducting its annual survey of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens since 2002. This year marks the fifth time MTS Allstream has made the list.

The methodology for the Best 50 Corporate Citizens is based on environment, social and governance indicators. One hundred and eighteen significant Canadian companies are evaluated and ranked. Baseline indicators include pension health and quality, board and executive diversity, executive compensation, community investment, and carbon footprint.

"The Best 50 Corporate Citizens are leading the charge to a cleaner, more humane capitalism, where markets and companies work to make the world a better place." says Toby Heaps, Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Knights. "By serving their employees, society, and our environment, these companies generate the most stakeholder value, which is the ultimate basis of long-term value for shareholders."

MTS Allstream is committed to numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives and is an active participant and supporter of the communities in which it operates. MTS Allstream is also committed to reducing its impact on the environment, and to helping its customers, employees and stakeholders do the same.

MTS Allstream is a Jantzi Social Index(R) Constituent (2000-2009), and has been honoured with numerous awards including: the Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award (2010), Canada's Top 100 Employers (2010), Manitoba's Top 25 Employers (2010), Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2010), Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Lieutenant Governor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community (2008), among others.

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: Laura Dickie, Corporate Communications Specialist, MTS Allstream Corporate Communications, Office: (204) 941-8181, Cell: (204) 226-3836, laura.dickie@mtsallstream.com

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