Is this expansive and generously forested land also the nicest place on Earth? Very likely. Is more mac and cheese consumed there than anywhere else in the world? Were Superman and Hawaiian pizza created within its lengthy borders? Does its dictionary recognize the interjection “eh” as a valid word? O yes and yes and yes. It’s a beauty way we’ve gone this week—to sweet, syrupy Canada, whose workplaces invite your questions but politely grimace at your personal chit-chat.
Canada is stop No. 15 on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right—or don’t—about working in different countries.
Work is hard, and getting rich might be harder…
…but by all means, go ahead and brag about your success
Fast Culture Facts for Canada
- 37.5 million, not a whole lot of people for the second largest nation (by land area) on the planet. It has one of the lowest population densities in the world, at a wee 4 people per square kilometer. Canada’s largest metro area, Toronto, has a population density of 2,930 people per square km.
- 20.4 million – with a labor force participation rate of 65.4%– higher than the United States. Women make up 47.7% of the workforce.
- What Canada lacks in population density, it makes up for in a GDP of 1.7 trillion. Canada’s services sector accounts for about 78% of its GDP, followed by manufacturing and agriculture. Canada is the world’s 10th largest economy, just behind Italy and Brazil.
- Canada ranks 16th overall in gender equality. The gender pay gap is around 13%, and some attribute that to women working in lower-paying Canada’s workplaces have recently been ranked as the most inclusive in the world. Minorities make up just under 25 percent of Canada’s workforce, and that percentage is expected to grow to more than one-third by 2036. Canada bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and has legalized gay marriage.
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