Welcome to Canada. The world’s second largest country by total area is also one of the world’s most sparsely populated. Business tends to be focused around the main cities that act as home to around 82 percent of the country’s population.
As one of the world’s wealthiest nations, with a service industry that employs around a third of Canadians, it offers plenty of opportunities for New Zealand businesses.
You can find more information on doing business in Canada on our dedicated North America website. Just click on the ‘Canada’ tab for the information you need to crack this lucrative market.
Getting to CanadaAir New Zealand operates direct flights from Auckland to Vancouver, with a flying time of around 13 hours. It’s advisable to check the frequency of flights, as this changes seasonally. You can also fly to other Canadian destinations via the United States.
When to visit
If you’re travelling to Canada in winter (November to March), expect sub-zero temperatures. That said, all Canadian towns and cities are geared up for cold, snowy weather, so if you do end up visiting during winter, it will be business as usual for locals.
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with Canada’s national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Canada.
Canadians and New Zealanders have much in common - both have ‘big brother’ neighbours and are subject to accent confusion overseas. Canada is a culturally diverse country that’s egalitarian in nature. People are generally warm, friendly and informal (although Quebec can be a little more formal).
Here are a few things to remember:
- move to first name terms only when invited (although this invite usually comes quickly)
- use a firm handshake and a warm smile, and be prepared for a double cheek kiss in Quebec
- familiarise yourself with regional differences in culture and behaviour as they do exist
- Canadians appreciate politeness.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in CanadaIf you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Canada, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Canada
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Canada, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Canada page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and recent official visits.