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Being Australian, tipping is not a customary part of my culture. When I arrived in Canada I didn’t understand the tipping system and often found myself confused! I was over-tipping regularly, and on other occasions forgetting to tip as I had no idea it was expected. To save you making the same mistake as me, I have put together a short guide on tipping in Canada
So when do we tip in Canada, and how much?
- At a restaurant: 15% of the bill is expected as a tip. A 20%+ tip is given for exceptional service.
- Coffee shops, ice cream shops, cafeterias etc. Tip for good service/ your change.
- Food delivery: 10% of the bill
- In hotels: Tip housekeepers $2-$5 a night when you are getting mid stay clean. If staff bring your bags to the room, tip $1 per bag.
- Taxi drivers, hairdressers, tour guides: Tip a minimum 10%. These are the people I most commonly forgot to tip when I arrived in Canada.
- Bartender: $1 a drink.
- Parking valet: $2 to bring your car to you.
Remeber: Service employees are paid a low minimum wage and 80% of the time are offered no benefits. A tip can go a long way in the life of a local. Even if tipping isn’t part of your culture, it is essential that you tip when you are in Canada.
I hope you found this guide on tipping in Canada helpful.
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