Canadians are feeling even more vacation-deprived this year compared to last, with 42% of working Canadians saying that they are very or somewhat deprived of vacations, up from 33% in 2008. The results come from the 7th annual Expedia.ca Vacation Deprivation™ online survey, conducted by the Canadian research firm Harris/Decima earlier this year.
Nearly one-quarter of employed Canadians also report not taking all of their vacation days. Despite receiving an average of 18.7 vacation days, this year Canadians will give back an average of 2.03 days of unused vacation time to their employers. This translates into 34 million untaken days in Canada overall and about $6.03 billion (CDN) in wages handed back to employers.