Bonuses to the 20,000 eligible employees will range from $250 to $1,500.
The company is looking to hire cashiers and stockers at its retail stores and fillers and equipment operators at its distribution centers.
These roles will be temporary at first, but the company says many will convert to permanent roles over time.
Yesterday, the retail giant announced that US stores will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m.to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours.
On Wednesday, the company announced US stores would open from 7 a.m., to 8:30 p.m.
The retailer is also paying out its scheduled quarterly bonus a month early, in late April rather than May.
Trader Joe's will also reportedly pay bonuses to store associates that are based on the sales increases prompted by consumers preparing for the coronavirus. In no case will an eligible associate receive less than the first quarter plan bonus payment. The special bonus and early payout will total almost $550 million.
Overall, roughly $550 million will go to Walmart employees and, in turn, the economy. Those are expected to be paid out April 2.
"We're working with all levels of government to ensure grocers and pharmacies will be there for Canadian families", said Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO of Walmart Canada.
In a statement shared Thursday, the big-box giant announced plans to hire 150,000 new associates for its stores as well as distribution and fulfillment centers through the end of May amid the unprecedented heath crisis. "We've reached out to industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to facilitate temporary roles that can be a bridge for their employees during this hard time". We've reached out to industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to facilitate temporary roles that can be a bridge for their employees during this hard time. What is usually a two-week application cycle will be reduced to a 24-hour process.
"If you know individuals who are out of work and would make good additions to the Walmart team, please encourage them to apply through careers.walmart.com", Furner said.