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Doing Business in Canada

Canadian business practices are virtually identical to those in New Zealand. Canadians are also similar to New Zealanders in values, history and sensibilities and have an overwhelmingly positive attitude towards New Zealand.

English is the language of business, except in the province of Quebec, where French prevails. Business people should be prepared to deal with some language and translation issues in Quebec.

Market Key Facts

Key Source Regions/Cities Ontario (Toronto), British Columbia (Vancouver), Alberta, Montreal
Direct Routes into New Zealand Vancouver - Auckland (Air New Zealand)
Airlines Air New Zealand
Leave Entitlement 2-3 weeks basic per annum
Population 34,568,211 (July 2013 est.)
Languages English, French
Currency Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Peak Booking Periods Booking starts from September and peak in September, October and January. Cruise passengers have a longer lead time.
Peak Travel Periods November to March

Data source: CIA World Factbook (Currency, Population, Language)

Airline Update

Air New Zealand currently fly direct from Vancouver. This service varies in frequency seasonally but will move to daily across the New Zealand summer in 2015. A number of Canadians (Ontario especially) choose to travel via San Francisco.

Want to know more about doing business in Canada?

Visit the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise website.