Wal-Mart "Fair" A Boost For Local Suppliers

    Ontario Supports Local Partnerships with Nation's Fourth Largest Employer

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ -


    Building new partnerships between big businesses and local manufacturers
and suppliers is one of the keys to creating new jobs in Ontario.
    That was the message Sandra Pupatello, Minister of International Trade
and Investment, delivered at Wal-Mart Canada's 5th Annual New Supplier Fair
    Ontario worked in partnership with Wal-Mart to help organize this year's
Fair. The day-long forum at the company's Mississauga Head Office allows
Ontario product manufacturers and suppliers to meet with Wal-Mart Buyers and
learn about the process of doing business with Wal-Mart's 309 Canadian stores
and its six Ontario SAM'S CLUB member warehouses.
    Partnering with business to create jobs is part of the McGuinty
government's five-point plan for a strong economy.


    "Wal-Mart Canada came to us with two initiatives. The company wanted to:
1. Bolster the local economies in which it conducts business by offering
fair-trade partnerships; and, 2. Expand its "green" environmentally friendly
product lines," said Sandra Pupatello 
(www.ontario-canada.com/ontcan/page.do?page=6117&lang=en), Minister of
International Trade and Investment 
(www.ontario-canada.com/ontcan/en/home_en.jsp). "We're always looking to do
what we can to connect business opportunities like this with local businesses
and manufacturers."

    "The Ontario government is doing everything possible to support business
so we can have more jobs and more prosperity," said Michael Bryant
(www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/about_bio_minister_eco_en.jsp), Minister of
Economic Development (www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/index.jsp). "Supporting the
New Supplier Fair is another way we are ensuring that Ontario's manufacturers
and suppliers have opportunities to succeed."

    "Wal-Mart Canada (www.walmart.ca/wps-portal/storelocator/home.jsp)
welcomes the opportunity to expand our supply chain with fair-trade
partnerships that reflect the markets we serve. We're continually seeking
Canadian products and suppliers of general merchandise, food and eco-friendly
products", said Sylvain Prudhomme, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for
Wal-Mart Canada.


    -   Over 7,000 Canadian suppliers conducted $11 billion in business with
        Wal-Mart Canada in 2007.
    -   Wal-Mart Canada Corporation operates 309 outlets nationwide (104
        located in Ontario).
    -   With 77,000 associates nationwide, Wal-Mart is the nation's
        fourth-largest employer.
    -   Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer with annual sales of
        USD 375 billion, 2 million employees, and more than 66,000 suppliers.


    -   Find out more about the Ontario government's programs
        (www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/progserv_main_en.jsp) supporting a
        strong economy.

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Eleanor Hendrickson, Communications Branch, (416) 326-8465

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