The Economist has an interesting chart showing employee holiday entitlement in different countries. Workers in Austria, Greece, France and Spain enjoy the most number of holidays per year, while workers in Canada have the fewest.
Fewer holidays might mean that Canadian workers are more productive. According to the Conference Board, however, Canadian productivity is downright dismal. There are several reasons for Canada's low productivity including low investment in machinery and equipment, low R&D intensity, weak innovation record, and a low number of Canadians with advanced degrees in science and technology. There is also some evidence that workers in Canada are paid less than their marginal product of labour. So, Canadian workers enjoy fewer holidays and are less productive than workers in many other countries. Perhaps, we need more holidays.