Apparently people in western Canada have problems taking a vacation. The ‘wealthy’ western provinces of Alberta and BC have the highest percentage of workers who don’t take all available vacation days. “This, Ipsos-Reid says, means that about $5.4-million in wages is being handed back to employers.”
Albertans may be hardworking, with 24 percent of employees not taking their vacation days, but We’ve got them beat in BC:
More than 65 per cent of employed Canadians feel more, or just as, vacation-deprived as they did five years ago, according to the survey. British Columbians (25 per cent) and Albertans (24 per cent) are the most vacation-deprived, with one-quarter giving days back to employers in 2007. Quebeckers are less work-obsessed, with just 15 per cent of those surveyed saying they leave vacation days untaken.
Canadians aged 18 to 34 are the most vacation-deprived, and, on the whole, 34 per cent of employed Canadians still work more than 40 hours a week. Canadians take an average 18 days of vacation compared with 36 taken by the French, 30 by the Spanish and 26 by the Germans, according to the survey.
Well, how else are we supposed to afford these condos that will make us rich?