Most Canadian Workers Get Holiday Bonus, Few Get Cash

A majority of Canadian workers get some type of bonus from their employer during the holidays.

A new survey conducted on behalf of human resources software company ADP Canada found that 61% of workers receive something extra from their employer during the Christmas period. However, only 15% of Canadian workers receive a financial bonus.

And that is disappointing, as 54% of survey respondents said they would prefer to get cash from their employer at this time of year. Unfortunately, employers who engage in staff appreciation during December are most likely to throw a holiday party (40%), followed by extra time off (28%), some sort of gift (16%) or a charitable activity (7%).

The survey found that one-third (33%) of employers don't provide any end-of-year acknowledgement to their employees. The online survey of 1,562 employed Canadians was conducted between November 1 and 4 and has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.