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randstad in canada


Randstad was founded in 1960 by Frits Goldschmeding. Since then, we have expanded to 52 countries, representing more than 90 per cent of the global HR services market.

Randstad’s general Staffing division entered the Canadian marketplace in 1997. Randstad Canada eventually developed its Professional, Recruitment Process Outsourcing and Randstad Managed Services Divisions and built its success from its vision of commitment to serve clients by providing them with the highest caliber of talent available in every represented market.

Following the global acquisition of our international parent company Vedior NV in 2008, Randstad became the world’s second largest staffing and HR services firms in the world. This important acquisition led to the successful integration of several Canadian companies including Sapphire Technologies, ATS Reliance, BBT and Hill McGlynn, thereby allowing Randstad to carve a space in Canada’s unique recruitment market while expanding its global capabilities. Through strong service and operational excellence, all of the divisions in which Randstad specializes, have grown to become market leaders in their current operating markets.


Over the years, we have experienced rapid growth in becoming a leading recruitment network in the Canadian market. In 2011, as part of our strategy to build a well-recognized recruitment and HR services brand that supports both clients and jobseekers, Randstad Canada acquired SFN Group to strengthen our position in Canada as the number one provider of staffing, HR services and InHouse Solutions. The combination of Randstad and SFN Group means a greater depth of service for all of our clients and candidates, whether they are at the local level or served by our expanded network across North America.

Through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, we have built expertise across multiple industry sectors and deliver quality services through our national network of offices. Today, Randstad Canada employs approximately 800 employees in over 85 branches across 8 provinces in Canada.


Staffing and HR services represent one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. Our operational performance and profitability is underpinned by the building blocks of our strategy, our focus on future growth and the strength of our core values. We will continue to be a world leader in matching demand for and supply of labour and HR services. In doing so, we continue to apply our founding ethos: “to know, to serve, to trust.” We believe in the value of work as a unifying force that shapes society for the better.

With a continued focus on providing specialized, local recruitment services, Randstad Canada will create a highly visible and recognized brand across the country, giving the company a united mission and a unique opportunity to shape the world of work.


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