Canada and Central Europe

Canada and Central Europe operates across two countries, Canada and the Netherlands.


Business Profile

Wolseley Canada serves the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in both RMI and new construction. Wasco in the Netherlands operates in the residential RMI and residential new-construction markets. Both businesses predominantly serve trade customers. The businesses operate 265 branches with three distribution centres. At the year-end Canada and Central Europe had 3,167 associates.

In October 2018 we announced our intention to dispose of the Wasco business.



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Business units and market position

Canada operates under the Wolseley brand (79 per cent of revenue) and supplies plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration products to residential and commercial contractors. It also supplies specialist water and waste water treatment products to residential, commercial and municipal contractors, and supplies PVF solutions to industrial customers. The business is the second largest in the market.

Wasco (21 per cent of revenue) is a distributor of heating, plumbing and related spare parts across the Netherlands. It is the third largest distributor in a consolidated market. We have recently announced our intention to dispose of the Wasco business.



Revenue 7% of group


Trading profit


Trading margin

5-year performance $m (%)


Quarterly like-for-like revenue growth (%)