Goodwill closes 26 Ont. outlets amid 'cash flow crisis'

Goodwill has closed 16 stores and 10 donation centres across Ontario due to a “cash flow crisis,” the organization announced Sunday.

See Full Article

The sweeping closures affect more than 430 Goodwill employees and other stakeholders in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia and Brockville.

The closures went into effect Sunday. Two offices have also been shuttered.

In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Goodwill Industries CEO Keiko Nakamura called the closures “a fluid situation” and says the company will explore “a variety of options to continue its decades-long mission.”

The statement added that Goodwill is “exploring options” to continue its “mission.”

“Goodwill will be reaching out to the union, stakeholders and all levels of governments to bring clarity as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Goodwill Industries is a non-profit social enterprise that aims to provide job opportunities to people with disabilities and social disadvantages. The organization runs a network of thrift stores in Canada and the United States.

Legal concerns

The union representing 450 Goodwill employees says workers in Ontario were locked out of their jobs on Sunday without warning.

Union lawyer Denis Ellickson says the unannounced closure goes against the collective agreement between Goodwill and the union.

Union representatives were set to meet with company executives on Sunday evening, but Ellickson said the talks never took place.

Further updates from Goodwill are expected Monday.

With files from the Canadian Press



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Official: Troops withdraw from home of Uganda's Bobi Wine

    World News CTV News
    KAMPALA, UGANDA -- An attorney for Bobi Wine says Ugandan soldiers have withdrawn from the opposition presidential challenger's home the day after a judge ruled that his house arrest was unlawful. But attorney George Musisi told The Associated Press that security forces could still be seen in the village near the candidate's property outside the capital, Kampala. Source
  • Italy's Conte to resign, seek nod to form new coalition

    World News CTV News
    ROME -- Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte was meeting Tuesday with his cabinet before heading to the presidential palace to offer his resignation after a key coalition ally pulled his party's support over Conte's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Source
  • Estonia's new government sworn in with first-ever female PM

    World News CTV News
    HELSINKI -- Estonia's new two-party coalition government has been sworn in with the first female prime minister in the Baltic country since it regained independence in 1991. The 15-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Kaja Kallas -- a 43-year-old lawyer and a former European Parliament lawmaker -- was approved Tuesday in the 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, after President Kersti Kaljulaid had first appointed it. Source
  • Quebec media must be allowed to show the ravages of COVID-19

    Canada News CBC News
    Editor's note: Nineteen media outlets in Quebec, including the CBC, have signed an open letter today calling on the Quebec government and public-health authorities to give journalists access to the province's health institutions. In March of 2020, the world started to grasp the magnitude of the developing public health crisis when disturbing images began to emerge from Italy. Source
  • Indian police fire tear gas in clash with farmers in Republic Day protests

    World News CBC News
    Indian farmers protesting against agricultural reforms breached barricades and clashed on Tuesday with police in the capital, who fired tear gas to restrain them, shortly after a convoy of tractors trundled through the city's outskirts. Growers, angered by laws they say help large, private buyers at the expense of producers, have camped outside New Delhi for almost two months, posing one of the biggest challenges to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he came to power in 2014. Source
  • Family of mentally ill Ontario man who killed his mother day after seeing psychiatrist says doctors failed him

    Canada News CBC News
    Family members of an Ontario man diagnosed with schizophrenia say his doctors didn't do "their due diligence" when they failed to admit him to a hospital after he called a crisis line the day before stabbing his mother and setting her house on fire with her inside. Source
  • Plan to rebuild defence early-warning system means political, fiscal headaches for Trudeau government

    Canada News CBC News
    It's not the SHIELD you're probably thinking of — the one with the super-spies and flying battleships from Marvel comics and movies. In fact, the SHIELD at the centre of the upcoming evolution of NORAD — the six-decade-old North American defence pact — shares nothing with its fictional counterpart but the acronym. Source
  • Inside Canada's largest COVID-19 outbreak in a federal prison

    Canada News CBC News
    During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alex Doyle was doing his best to follow public health orders and keep himself and his young family free of infection. But last November, Doyle ended up back in Manitoba's Stony Mountain Institution north of Winnipeg after violating parole conditions for a drug trafficking and break and enter conviction. Source
  • Portland mayor tells police he pepper-sprayed a man who harassed him over mask policies

    World News CTV News
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler told police Sunday night that he used pepper spray on a man who had been harassing him about COVID-19 mask policies outside of a restaurant."> "He had no face mask on and got within a foot or two of my face while he was videoing me," Wheeler said in a voluntary statement to the Portland Police Bureau. Source
  • Biden walking a high wire with Russia ahead of Putin call

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration's stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. Source