For third consecutive year Loblaw earns distinction as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians

For third consecutive year Loblaw earns distinction as one of the Best 
Employers for New Canadians 
BRAMPTON, ON, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX: L) - For the third consecutive year 
Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) has been named one of the Best Employers for 
New Canadians by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The award commends Loblaw for its 
efforts in creating a workplace that is inclusive and respectful of ethnic 
diversity. This recognition reflects positively the Company's commitment to 
Reflect our Nation's Diversity, one of five Corporate Social Responsibility 
principles that shape the way Loblaw does business. 
"Loblaw is honoured to be recognized once again as one of the Best Employers 
for New Canadians. We are proud of the impact that our recruitment and 
orientation approach and processes have had in enabling and supporting a 
workplace culture that contributes to successful integration of our new 
colleagues," says Judy McCrie, executive vice president, Human Resources and 
Labour Relations, Loblaw Companies Limited. 
Loblaw's diversity efforts are spearheaded by its Inclusion Council, made up 
of senior leaders from across the organization. The mandate of the Inclusion 
Council is to ensure that Loblaw's commitment to creating an inclusive and 
respectful workplace is met. Loblaw also has an Inclusion Toolkit that helps 
hiring managers, recruiters, and Human Resources Representatives recruit and 
orient diverse colleagues. 
Here are some reasons why Loblaw earned its place on the Best Employers for 
New Canadians list: 
International Credentials 
Loblaw is committed to reducing the employment barriers for recent immigrants 
and understands the importance of recognizing foreign credentials. For 
eligible colleagues across the organization, Loblaw offers financial 
assistance to those wishing to upgrade their international credentials and 
professional accreditations. 
Workplace Culture
Loblaw is committed to ensuring that cultural, religious and language needs of 
new Canadians are recognized and respected through a variety of initiatives. 
At the stores and store support offices, Loblaw employees have access to 
diverse food options in cafeterias and opportunities to educate colleagues 
about religious observances and their importance. At the store support office 
in Brampton, Loblaw colleagues also have access to Reflection/Quiet rooms. 
An online training course introduces managers and colleagues to resources and 
information related to cross-cultural issues and inclusiveness to ensure a 
welcoming environment. 
The Loblaw buddy and lunch program gives colleagues the chance to meet new 
people and share their cultures and backgrounds. The buddy program pairs all 
new hires with a colleague to assist with transition into the workplace. 
Whenever possible, buddies are assigned based on a shared second-language or 
other similarities. At the store support centre in Brampton, Loblaw has a 
lunch program where colleagues who speak or want to practice languages other 
than English can get together. 
Loblaw works with various community organizations including Career Edge 
Organization to match the resumes of new Canadian jobseekers with meaningful 
work experiences. To ensure that new Canadians who apply for positions are 
considered fairly, Loblaw's Inclusion Toolkit equips Loblaw recruiters with 
resources so that they can better understand foreign credentials, as well as 
important cultural competencies and differences. 
Now in its sixth year, the Best Employers for New Canadians award is a 
national award that recognizes Canada's best employers for recent immigrants. 
These employers offer programs that assist new Canadians in transitioning to a 
new workplace - and a new life in Canada. 
About Loblaw Companies Limited 
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's 
largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise 
and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private 
sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised 
stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than 
134,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store 
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and 
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household 
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and 
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) 
label program, including the unique President's Choice(®), no name(®) and 
Joe Fresh(®) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers 
President's Choice Financial(® )services and offers the PC(®) points loyalty 
Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited or (905) 
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