Canadian Market Overview

Population

85% of Canadians live within 160 km of the U.S. border

61% of Canadians live in Ontario and Quebec

35% of Canadians live in either Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver

Society

36.2 Million total population 2016 1.2% growth in 2016 one tenth the population of USA

6.8 Million recent immigrants 20% of population

English & French two official languages

Major Religions

Christian – 66%

Muslim – 3.2%

No Religion – 24%

Other Religion – 6.8%

Four Seasons 

Winter: December – March

Spring: April – June 

Summer: July – August

Fall: September – November

Business

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Hours of Business: Monday to Friday

Retail Hours: Monday through Sunday
Open later Thursday & Friday

6 time zones across Canada:
Pacific Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, Central Time Zone, Eastern Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone, Newfoundland Time Zone

Daylight Savings Time: 2nd Sunday of March 

Politics

Type of Government:

  • Parliamentary Democracy
  • Federation
  • Constitutional Monarchy 

Levels of Government:

  • Federal
  • Provincial/Territorial
  • Municipal

Public holidays

FEB 15 – FAMILY DAY (MID FEBRUARY)

APR 2 – GOOD FRIDAY

APR 5 – EASTER MONDAY

MAY 24 – VICTORIA DAY

JUN 24 – ST. JEAN BAPTISTE (QUEBEC ONLY)

JUL 1 – CANADA DAY

AUG 2 – CIVIC HOLIDAY 1ST MONDAY IN AUGUST (EXCEPT QUEBEC AND YUKON)

SEP 6 – LABOUR DAY

OCT 11 – THANKSGIVING DAY

NOV 11 – REMEMBRANCE DAY

DEC 25 – CHRISTMAS DAY

DEC 26 – BOXING DAY

DEC 27 – OFF FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

JAN 3, 2022 – OFF FOR NEW YEAR DAY