Canada ranks poorly when it comes to paid vacation days

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Of the 21 richest countries in the world, Canada ranks third from the bottom when it comes to the number of paid vacation days its workers receive.

Only workers in Japan and the U.S. have it worse, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research study.

The paid time off for Canadians only bests Japan because of nine paid national/provincial holidays. Both countries mandate 10 paid vacation days.

The U.S. is the only country on the list that has no regulated paid time off for vacation or holidays. The average amount of vacation offered by private sector employers in the U.S. is 10 days.

European countries have a minimum of 20 paid vacation days, with some countries requiring 25 or 30 days. In Australia and New Zealand, the vacation time minimum is 20 days.

Austria and Portugal have the most paid time off, 35 days of combined vacation and holiday time and France mandates the most vacation, 30 days.