Royal Canadian Mint named one of Canada's top 100 employers for third consecutive year



    Distinction received as Mint celebrates centennial year

    OTTAWA, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - For the third consecutive year, the Royal
Canadian Mint has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2009. This
annual list, published by MediaCorp, recognizes employers that are industry
leaders at attracting and retaining employees.
    "The Royal Canadian Mint is extremely proud to be included as one of
Canada's Top 100 Employers, particularly to be among a list of such
distinguished Canadian companies," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of
the Royal Canadian Mint. "As this year also marks the centennial of the Mint,
this honour is one more reason to celebrate and to strive to be even better as
we enter our second century."
    The Mint has also once again been selected as one of the Top 15 Employers
in the National Capital Region and as one of Canada's Top 10 Family-Friendly
Employers.
    The Mint was selected for Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2009 for several
reasons, including: health and family-friendly benefits such as exceptional
parental leave top-up payments; physical workplace advantages which include
onsite fitness facilities; a broad training and skills development program;
and competitive financial benefits and compensation which include generous
pension plan contributions.

    The Royal Canadian Mint, with facilities located in both Ottawa and
Winnipeg, is a commercial Crown corporation which is responsible for the
production of all circulation coins used in Canada and for the management of
the supporting distribution system. Founded in 1908, the Mint has become one
the world's foremost producers of circulation, collector and bullion
investment coins. It also has a gold and silver refinery.
    The Ottawa facility, which occupies the same premises on which the Mint
was founded 100 years ago, produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative
coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. It is here that all the
master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both
circulation and commemorative issues. The Mint's gold and silver refining as
well as its advanced engineering operations are also located in Ottawa.
    Established in 1976, the Winnipeg facility is a high-tech, high-volume
manufacturing facility. This is where all of Canada's circulation coinage is
produced. Over 40 coining presses enable the production of up to 20 million
coins per day. The Mint also strikes foreign circulation coinage in Winnipeg,
having produced coins for over 60 different countries over the past 25 years.
    With over 850 employees, the Royal Canadian Mint has become one of the
most modern and innovative in the world.




For further information:

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications,
Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, aquino@mint.ca


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