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Celebrating Holidays in the Canadian Workplace

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: December 18, 2019 Category: Blog Employment Canadian Workplace Customs

For newcomers to Canada, winters can be harsh: the freezing temperatures, snowy roads, and longer commutes certainly do not make things easier. However, it is also a time for celebration as many Canadian workplaces prepare for the winter holidays.

Most notably, many workplaces in Canada observe holidays on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). While celebrating these holidays may also be common in other countries, it is important to understand that holidays are for everyone to enjoy.

Christmas Day and New Year’s are both officially recognized nationwide as statutory holidays. The extra days away from work mean that the holidays are the perfect for Canadians to enjoy time with their families and loved ones. As a result, the days (and even weeks) leading up to Christmas are particularly festive.

Celebrating the holidays in the workplace is a common practice among many Canadian employers. Companies host holiday parties, which are a great way to bond with your colleagues. Feel free to join in some other festivities which may include holiday lunches, sharing sweets, and decorating the office.

This holiday season is all about sharing! Don’t be surprised if you receive a gift or card from your colleagues. A small treat or some chocolates go a long way during this time of year.

The Canadian workplace is multicultural; people of different backgrounds, religions, and cultures come together to work towards a common goal. The holidays are the perfect time for all Canadians to share joyful memories.

If this is your first winter in Canada, we hope you enjoy good food and the spirit of the holidays!

Career Loans wishes you and your loved ones the best for the upcoming year, with joy, laughter and health!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


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