03/07/2016 02:45 EST | Updated 03/07/2016 02:59 EST

Home Depot's Canadian Hiring Spree Is Wednesday March 9

Home Depot is planning to hire nearly 6,000 people across Canada, most of them on a single day this week.

The world’s largest home improvement retail chain will be holding recruitment events this Wednesday, March 9, at store locations across the country. A few stores' events will be held March 16.

The retailer plans to hire nearly 2,700 people in Ontario and another 850 in British Columbia alone, as part of an annual campaign to ramp up hiring ahead of the busy spring home improvement season. Across all of North America, the retailer is looking for 80,000 new workers.

The number of Canadian hires is up from last year, when the company’s spring recruitment drive aimed for 5,500 new workers, but still lower than the 6,300 the company hired the year before that.

Canadian retail sales have been under pressure in recent months, due mainly to the slowdown in oil-producing provinces.

While many of the jobs on offer are seasonal, Home Depot says about half of the staff it hires in these recruitment drives end up staying with the company.

More information on the recruitment drive can be found on the retailer’s job page.