In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1087 Canadians 18 years of age and older, the average amount of vacation time given to employed workers is about 4 weeks (3.7), while the self-employed take a similar amount of time off (4.0 weeks, on average). Amount of vacation given varies by sector, between 4.3 weeks in government service to 3.1 weeks in retail and 2.9 weeks in farming and forestry.
On average, employed Canadians take about 3.5 weeks of vacation a year, out of the 3.9 they are allowed. This ranges from about 3.9 weeks among professionals and management to about 2.9 weeks among those in the farming and forestry sector.
Two thirds of Canadians agree the amount of vacation time they are given or give themselves is sufficient (63%), and most agree “strongly” (38%).
Just 4-in-10 Canadians say they stay in touch with work by e-mail or phone during vacations (39%). Incidence of this behaviour is higher among those in professional occupations (55%) and in the resource and energy sector (57%).
Two thirds of employed Canadians will travel (or travelled) during their vacation this year (63%), while about 4-in-10 say they will stay home (43%).
“As 4 weeks, or one eighth of the working year, appears to be the norm for vacations in Canada, we can hardly say we’re overworked. Also, most Canadians take all the vacation they’re given, which explodes another myth about people who can’t disengage,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416) 960-9603.