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Hennessy's Index: A number is never just a number

Hennessy's Index

Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. For other months, visit: http://policyalternatives.ca/index

  • 47

    Percentage of Canadian workers who say they need a vacation more today than they’ve needed in four years. (Source)

  • 10

    Number of statutory holidays Canadians are entitled to in a year. Lowest of 40 countries in an international survey of vacation time. (Source)

  • 30

    Number of statutory holidays citizens in Finland, Brazil and France enjoy every year. (Source)

  • 2

    Number of paid vacation weeks most employees in Canada are entitled to after being on the job for more than a year. (Source)

  • 54

    Percentage of Canadians who say they use all of their vacation days. They report feeling better about their jobs when they return. (Source)

  • 22

    Percentage of Canadians who say they cancelled vacation plans due to work. (Source)

  • 49

    Percentage of Canadian employers who say they expect workers to check in periodically while on vacation. (Source)

  • 85

    Percentage of Canadians who think humans will be able to vacation on another planet within the next 100 years or more. (Source)

  • 24

    Percentage of Canadians who prefer to stay at home during vacation (staycation). (Source)

  • 59

    Percentage of Canadians who vacationed in their home province in 2006, up from 48% in 1999. (Source)

  • 48

    Percentage of Canadians who told EKOS they planned to cut vacation spending in 2009. (Source)

  • 14

    Percentage of Canadians who say they feel guilty taking a vacation.(Source)

August 1, 2011