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McKesson Canada continues the redesign of its Ontario distribution network

MONTRÉAL, November 22, 2013 – As announced earlier this year, McKesson Canada is redesigning its Ontario distribution network to better serve its customers and their evolving needs, and position itself for future growth. As a part of this initiative, a new state of the art distribution centre is being built in Trenton (Quinte West). This new facility will allow McKesson to better meet the changing needs of its customers in a challenging market and legislative environment, while ensuring the long term viability of its distribution activities in Ontario.


As a result of these important changes, McKesson Canada had announced it anticipated significant job losses. The company met today with the impacted employees in Ontario to inform that 65 jobs will be lost in the Chatham distribution center and 84, for the Ottawa distribution center.

"This is a challenging day for the McKesson Canada family. We fully recognize that these business decisions have a high impact on the personal and professional lives of our employees. We are committed to providing them with the best available care throughout the transition," indicated Alain Champagne, Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Distribution and Operations.

Members of McKesson Canada's management team met with all of the affected Ontario employees earlier this afternoon in order to inform them of this decision and explain the support that they will receive during the course of the transition. The company is committed to treating each impacted employee with great consideration, in accordance with its ICARE shared values and ensuring the utmost respect and fairness, and will work closely with them throughout this transition.

About McKesson Canada

Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health care industry to provide patients with better, safer care. The company's solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada.

For further information:

Elizabeth Huart
Corporate Communications
McKesson Canada