Some common business practices and customs would include: not swearing in business meetings, paying for a lunch or dinner if you extended the invitation, and ensuring there is no unpleasant body odor.
Canada’s national anthem is “O Canada.” (The words are on page 232). It was adopted as Canada’s official national anthem in 1980.*
According to Statistics Canada more than four-fifths of Canadians live in urban areas and fewer than one in five Canadians live in rural areas.
According to the Department of Finance, Canada’s level of federal debt was $582.2 billion as of December 2012.
Some common business practices and customs would include: providing follow-up to a meeting in a timely, efficient manner and participation of a diverse group of people reflecting the diversity of the workplace.
You must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada or to qualify for government benefits. For information on how to obtain a Social Insurance Number you can call I-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232). You can also visit a Service Canada location for assistance.*
The main source of population growth in Canada is now immigration. Immigration currently accounts for more than twothirds of Canada’s population.
Fewer and fewer homes receive direct mail delivery in Canada. Increasingly, Canadians go to a central mailbox area to pick up their mail.There is no mail delivery in Canada on the weekend.
Some common business practices would include: being on time for meetings, using a firm handshake as a greeting, dressing appropriately for a meeting, starting a meeting with talk about something other than business (for example, weather or sports), often called “small talk.”
A political party must win over 50% of the seats in Canada’s Parliament to form a majority government. However, because Canada has more than two political parties, minority governments are possible. For a political party to form a minority government, it will need support from one or more other parties.