Men should wear a dark conservative business suit with tie
Even with cold winter weather you may find yourself in a skirt or dress
Do not eat while walking in public
Gifts are not routinely given
If you do give a gift when you arrive or when you are leaving, make it a modest one
Gifts are given to celebrate finalizing a negotiation, a contract, or a project
Women should wear a conservative business suit or dress
New or trendy clothing is a poor choice. Older, classic clothing that is clean and neat is more valued
Rural areas are less formal, but stay conservative in your wardrobe
Gifts for the office, a nice bottle of wine or liquor would be appropriate
Taking a business associate to a nice meal or an evening sporting event is always a nice gesture.
Invitations to private homes are rare
Invitation to supper or dinner usually means 6.00 p.m.
Canadians can be sensitive when a person cannot accept his or her invitation
If you accept an invitation for a meal, it is perfectly acceptable to tell your host what you cannot eat, for example that you are a vegetarian
Usually the party inviting the other person pays the bill
In the western provinces, you may be invited to someone’s home. If you are invited, you may take candy, flowers, or liquor to the host or hostess.
Wait for your host to start a business conversation during or following a meal.
Canadians usually dress in dark business suits in the winter and in somewhat lighter suits in the Spring and Summer.
Gift-giving does not play a big role in Canadian business culture
Generally, if you are giving a gift, any product relating to your home country is a good choice
If you receive an invitation to lunch it means a meal at or about noon hour.
Once a relationship is established, the bills are often split in half or each person pays for his own.