The postponement of the event was put in place to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, Amazon said in a sellers advisory obtained by The Canadian Press. “As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in Canada, we have decided to suspend plans for Prime Day 2021 in Canada,” the company said.
Amazon Canada’s Prime Day, an online shopping event featuring discounted products, took place on October 13 and 14 last year, but was held in July before the pandemic.
“We will… work with the teams to determine the next best steps for Prime Day 2021,” he said.
Just west of Toronto, the Region of Peel, which has one of the highest COVID-19 community positivity rates in Canada, is home to a number of Amazon’s major distribution centers.
Peel’s public health unit has partially closed three – two in Brampton, Ont., And one in Caledon, Ont. – in the past two weeks under its order to close workplaces with at least five cases of COVID-19.
Amazon declined to comment on the report and did not respond to questions about how many of its workers are currently infected or in isolation due to COVID-19, nor questions about access to paid sick leave benefits.
On April 20, Amazon Canada’s chief communications officer Dave Bauer said in an email that the company was doing “everything we can to support [employees] and keep them safe during the pandemic, including investing tens of millions of dollars in health and safety measures [Brampton] and Bolton’s facilities, regularly testing all employees multiple times and providing full pay and benefits to those who isolate themselves. ”
In March, the company was ordered to shut down one of its sites in Brampton after a COVID-19 outbreak sickened more than 600 employees.
About 5,000 workers at the facility were asked to self-isolate for two weeks to contain the outbreak.
This article was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook-Canadian Press Grant, which is not involved in the editorial process.