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DARE Leadership Development Program

DARE (Developing Accelerated Retail Experience) is Walmart Canada’s award-winning leadership development program.  It provides new graduates like you a unique development experience that’s designed to let you discover different career paths within the retail environment. Mentored by some of the best leaders in the industry, you will gain crucial business experience and exposure to all aspects of retail while building the skills and relationships that lead to fulfilling careers.

We DARE you

Jumpstart your career.

The DARE program was created to invest in you – Canada's top talent, to show you the ropes and provide a deep understanding of the retail business, as early in your career as possible. We're offering you real-world learning and experience through exposure across diverse facets of the business while receiving the support & opportunity to get noticed, and make your mark with a global retail giant. You'll discover different career paths within retail and explore career options at Walmart Canada in areas such as merchandising, eCommerce, supply chain, and store operations.

You will Learn, Lead, and Leverage your operational learnings regardless of the path you choose.

DARE provides:

  • 2 to 2.5 years of critical business learning
  • Exposure to different business functions within Walmart Canada
  • The opportunity to work on real-world challenges
  • 1-on-1 mentorship with business leaders
  • The chance to make an immediate impact on Walmart Canada's performance in the market.


For the past two years, top students across Canada have recognized DARE as the Best Grad program.

An exciting career can be yours... if you DARE.


"As a DARE associate, Walmart invested in me, through cross-functional work experience, mentorship, and unique training programs."

Amanda S. - Program Manager, eCommerce Supply Chain, Walmart Canada

Your DARE Journey

Walmart's DARE is a rotational program that has three phases:

Phase One

Foundational Learning in Store Operations (One year)

You'll start your Walmart Canada journey by working with front-line leaders in our stores. You will learn about our daily operations and how to problem-solve in a fast-paced environment.

Phase Two

Store Support Centre (SSC) Rotations (Six months)

You'll experience hands-on responsibility and exposure to business-critical roles at our Canadian corporate head office.

Phase Three

You can choose to continue your rotation at SSC where you can pursue a role in areas such as merchandising, eCommerce or supply chain for 6 months, or lead store operations as an Assistant or Co-Manager at one of our Walmart stores for one year.




"DARE allowed me the opportunity to explore my interest in omni-channel, lead the launch of a pilot program, and gain leadership experience in the field– all while receiving plenty of mentorship, support, and exposure from key leaders in the business."

Mariam K. - Store Co-Manager, Walmart Canada 

Joining DARE

The application process for our DARE 2021 program is now closed.  Thank you to all our applicants. Congratulations and welcome to our new DARE associates!

Interested in joining DARE? Watch this space for the list of qualifications for our DARE 2022 program.

"There is tremendous respect for the DARE program in the organization and you notice that early on. The relationships you build during the rotations are invaluable."

Umer R. - Merchandise Planner, Walmart Canada 

Learn more about DARE

Walmart is looking for the next generation of leaders; the next movers and shakers of the Canadian retail landscape. Watch this space for details on how to attend one of our 2021 virtual information sessions to learn more about our DARE program.

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