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Federal wage subsidy enables Sodexo Canada to rehire 1,500 employees

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May 7, 2020, Burlington, Ont. – Sodexo Canada has announced it is utilizing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to recall 1,500 recently furloughed employees.

Sodexo, which delivers a wide range of customized solutions, designed to optimize work and living environments, has been providing food and facilities management services in Canada for more than 40 years, with a focus on enhancing safety, work process and well-being.

The federal government’s CEWS program subsidizes 75 per cent of an employee’s wages for up to 12 weeks. Sodexo will top up the wages of returning employees to 100 per cent.

“Our people are the heart and soul of who we are, and we need to ensure that we do everything to support and retain our employees,” says Suzanne Bergeron, president, Sodexo Canada. “A heartfelt thank you goes to our everyday heroes; employees, clients and suppliers who are working in challenging circumstances to keep Canadians healthy, well fed and safe.”


Since mid-March Sodexo Canada has experienced significant revenue declines. This economic situation qualifies the company for the federal wage subsidy.

“We are grateful to the Canadian government for providing support so we can continue supporting the communities in which we live and work,” says Bergeron. “Our employees are highly trained in health and safety protocols. The federal wage subsidy means 1,500 dedicated people can still contribute to the safety and health of our society.”

Sodexo has been recognized as a top employer for the past seven consecutive years. The company created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has raised more than $3 million to fight hunger and donated more than one million meals to at-risk youth across Canada since 2007.

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