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, or gratuity, is a voluntary payment 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 for hairdressers and beauty salons. However, if you are not satisfied with the service, you do not have to give a tip.

The minimum wage for waiters and waitresses who serve liquor is the same general minimum wage. This was not always the case and the tradition of tips or gratuities helped them make up the difference.

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, especially at locally owned businesses; but it is not expected.

For More Information

  • Tips or Other Gratuities - An employer generally cannot withhold, make deductions from, or make an employee return their tips or other gratuities, except as permitted by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).
  • Minimum Wage - Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee.
Last updated: March 5, 2024 4001379