Employees are lovin' it: McDonald's(R) Canada ranked among country's 50 best employers

    Foodservice industry leader honoured for sixth time since 2000

    TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has
again been chosen as one of Canada's 50 best employers. The ranking, compiled
by Hewitt Associates for The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine and
La Presse, is the only such ranking based entirely on employee opinions. It is
the sixth time McDonald's has received the distinction since 2000.
    McDonald's Canada is the only quick-service restaurant and one of only
three foodservice companies included on this year's ranking of Canada's 50
best employers.
    "We're extremely proud to be chosen among Canada's top employers, an
honour which shines the spotlight on our diverse and highly motivated
workforce," said Louie Mele, President, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada
Limited. "By making their ideas, values and concerns our top priority and
responding to their need for a flexible and balanced work schedule, our people
are empowered to be part of creating an engaging and rewarding work
    For a company to be eligible for the ranking, it must have at least 400
permanent employees in Canada and have operated here for at least three years.
Three surveys are completed: an employee opinion questionnaire, a survey that
compares the fundamental values of senior leaders with those of their staff,
and a detailed set of questions on HR policies and practices. Each set of
responses is carefully reviewed to ensure all organizations follow the
required guidelines.
    Each year, McDonald's Canada also conducts internal employee surveys to
get feedback on how well the company is doing. The most recent survey of more
than 40,000 people showed that over 82% agreed or strongly agreed that they
felt valued as an employee of McDonald's, and more than 83% said they were
proud to be working at McDonald's.

    About McDonald's Canada

    McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's
Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and operate
more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 77,000 Canadians coast to
coast. Approximately 65 per cent of McDonald's Canadian restaurants are
locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. For more information
about McDonald's Canada, visit the company's web site at www.mcdonalds.ca.

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