A new report says that the country needs a major rethink on the timing of when it would be appropriate to take holidays and when it is acceptable to take them, even if you don, too, are a PhD. In a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, released Tuesday, economists from the centre argued that it is important to examine when to take a holiday, and when to postpone it, when a decision about the timing is appropriate and when is not.
The economists examined data from the 2011-12 academic year, and compared that year with the current one, which includes a period when Canadians were vacationing more than once a year.
Their study found that in 2011-2012, about 30 per cent of the Canadian population took more than one vacation a year, compared with 21 per cent in 2011.
The researchers said the numbers should have been similar in 2011, but because of the downturn in the economy and the recession in the first half of the year, it was difficult to get an accurate number of people who were on vacation.
The report suggests the number of vacationers could be higher in the current economic environment.
In the past, the government would have used a more robust measure of vacationing, such as the proportion of people on social security who took vacations, to determine whether there was a need to reduce the number.
However, that is no longer necessary, said the report.
The economic downturn that followed the global financial crisis, along with the increase in unemployment and other job losses in the public sector, led to a decline in the number and duration of vacations, it said.
As a result, vacationers were able to take fewer vacation days and fewer vacations per year than they otherwise would have.
According to the report, there is evidence that vacationing is declining in some regions of the country, but this has not led to an increase in vacationers taking holidays.
It said the reasons for this could be partly because people in certain provinces tend to take longer vacations, which reduces the number they can take, or that vacationers may feel better about the way they are spending their time when they are on vacation and are more likely to take it again.
“The reason for this decline in vacationing might also be that people are working less, or are working longer hours, or have a family member or friends who work part-time,” said the authors of the report from University of Toronto.
They said the current vacationing trend has been observed for decades, with no major changes in the pattern of vacation time since the 1960s.
However as the economy recovers and people are able to resume work, vacations could be more common.
But the researchers said a major challenge to extending vacations would be that there is still a need for a lot of vacation days in a given year, given the fact that many people are now unemployed.
A large number of Canadians are currently unemployed, said a report from Statistics Canada in October.
There are some signs that the number is growing.
In July, the unemployment rate among the 18- to 29-year-olds dropped to 7.5 per cent, down from 10.4 per cent a year earlier, the lowest since 2006.
In June, the number rose to 9.3 per cent from 8.9 per cent.
The number of unemployed people aged 25 to 54 dropped by 1.4 million to 733,000 in the 12 months to July.
While there are some people who have been able to find work and are working full time, the majority of people with a job are still in school.
The unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 is 6.7 per cent compared with 11.3 in the same age group a year ago, according to Statistics Canada.
Meanwhile, the jobless rate for Canadians aged 15 and over has risen steadily over the past decade, to 4.5% in March from 5.6% in July 2011.
Economists from the Centre for Economic Policy Research, a policy research organization, said there are many factors that could influence how long Canadians are vacationing.
For example, the economy is in a recession, with fewer jobs than there used to be, they said.
In some places, the work force is shrinking, so people have less time to go to vacation, so vacationers are more stressed and they may take more vacation days.
Other factors that can affect vacations include the weather and how long people are vacationed.
In addition, many people have jobs, and they are still looking for work.
Finally, many Canadians have an extended family member, friends or co-workers, so they are not always vacationing as often as they might like.
They may not be able to make the same trips to family and friends for the holidays, and may not feel as connected to their extended family, said Laura