Do people tip in Ontario? How much should I tip?

Tipping is optional but is a common practice in Ontario. The amount you give depends on the type and quality of service you receive.

A tip (gratuity) is money that you give on top of the required amount to show your appreciation for the service you received.

Generally, people tip:

  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Bartenders
  • Hairdressers
  • Taxi drivers
  • Food delivery people

In restaurants, the tip is usually 15% - 20% of the bill before tax. This is also the rate in for hairdressers and beauty salons. However, if the service is poor, you do not have to give a tip.

The minimum wage for waiters and waitresses who serve liquor is less than general minimum wage because it is expected that they will earn the difference in tips.

Bartenders and taxi drivers generally receive C$1 - C$3 as a tip.

Some people also like to give a small tip when they buy coffee, an ice cream cone or other small purchases, but it is not expected.

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Last updated: April 19, 2017 4001379