Lululemon to create over 2,600 local jobs
Lululemon has committed to grow in Vancouver over the next five years by creating over 2,600 local jobs.
The news comes as Lululemon has been granted the right to further welcome international talent in a variety of high-skilled occupations, allowing it to expand its global headquarters in its hometown of Vancouver.
In particular, the company will be aiming to grow its store support centres and global training centres. In 2022, Lululemon employed nearly 9,000 people in Canada.
"Our people are at the heart of our organization. This program provides us with the opportunity to bring global talent to our hometown of Vancouver, supporting our people to collaborate and innovate together as they build long and meaningful careers at lululemon,” said Calvin McDonald, CEO, Lululemon.
“As a proudly Canadian brand, we are fortunate to be in partnership with the provincial and federal governments, who were able to move this forward for us.”
Through the Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement, British Columbia can identify significant investment projects to be considered for a special exemption from the labour market impact assessment (LMIA) process. The LMIA exemption for Lululemon's significant investment project was implemented on February 28, 2023, and expires on April 1, 2026.
"Canada's ability to attract global talent is a key driver of innovation and a clear competitive advantage. Internationally recognized Canadian companies like lululemon are one of the reasons our country is a magnet for top global talent,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science and industry.
“Ensuring that leading Canadian companies have access to the high-skilled workers they need will help strengthen Canada's economy today, tomorrow and for generations to come.”
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