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Rona slashing 300 Canadian jobs, closing two distribution centres

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Rona is closing two distribution centres in Quebec and Alberta — affecting more than 300 jobs.

What’s happening at Rona?

According to news outlets, including CBC News, the closures are part of Rona’s plan to adjust its operating model and eliminate inefficiencies.

“This change will lead to the termination of our Terrebonne [centre’s] regular operations in March 2024, and the closure of the Calgary [centre] located on 60th Street S.E. in October 2024,” the home improvement retailer said in an emailed statement.

180 employees in Quebec are being let go, while 25 positions will be eliminated in Alberta.

Rona added that staff at its Calgary location are being moved to another distribution centre.

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Termination agreements for Rona employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at Rona are owed full severance pay when they lose their jobs due to downsizing, corporate restructuring, or the closure of the business.

This includes individuals working full-time, part-time, or hourly in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario.

People working “on contract” or as a contractor may also be owed severance pay — given that many employees in Canada are often misclassified as independent contractors.

Severance can be as much as 24 months’ pay, depending on a number of factors.

WATCH: Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru explains why you are still owed severance if you have been downsized on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

Before you accept any severance offer, double-check the amount using our firm’s free Severance Pay Calculator. It has helped millions of Canadians determine their entitlements.

In addition to your salary, make sure to factor in any other elements of your compensation (i.e. bonuses, commission, etc.).

If your employer’s offer falls short of what the Severance Pay Calculator says you are owed, it’s very likely that you have been wrongfully dismissed and should contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Non-unionized employees in Canada have up to two years from the date of their dismissal to pursue proper severance pay.

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Major layoffs continue

Rona isn’t the only major employer reducing their workforce in 2024.

Other big names, including eBay, Brex, Wayfair, Amazon, YouTube, Newell Brands, Instagram, Universal Music Group, Citigroup, BlackRock, and Indigo, have also pulled out the axe as they continue to navigate challenging economic conditions.

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Lost your job? Talk to an employment lawyer

If you have been fired or let go for any reason, contact the experienced employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Our lawyers in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario have successfully represented tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals.

In addition to severance package negotiations, we can assist you on a broad range of employment matters, including:

If you are a non-unionized employee who needs help with a workplace issue, contact us or call 1-855-821-5900 to get the advice you need and the compensation you deserve.

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