Presentation of the average tip of restaurants in Canada

The average tip in Canada is 17.2 percent.

More than 4,200 people responded to a recent poll in a tip newsletter and the vast majority of them said they tip between 15% and 20%.

The incentive to poll readers on tips was, first, the rise in the price of restaurant meals due to pandemic inflation and, second, Ontario’s decision to bring servers to the same minimum wage level. than other workers, on January 1. the current minimum wage for bartenders and waiters in Ontario is $ 12.55, compared to $ 14.35 for others (data for all provinces here). As of January 1, the new minimum wage in Ontario for all will be $ 15.

Just under 59% of survey participants said they plan to tip the same in the future, a third said they would tip less and the rest said they would tip more. tip. As always with tipping, there was disagreement in the survey results as to whether to apply the tip percentage to the total bill or to the amount before tax.

A small minority of survey participants made it clear when completing the survey that they were tipping the costs of food and drink, not the tax portion of the bill. I have searched online for opinions on this and the consensus seems to be that there is nothing wrong with tipping the pre-tax amount, but tipping the full amount is what a lot of people do. end up doing.

One of the reasons to tip the full amount is because it’s a generous thing to do for people who work in an industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic. Plus, tiping 17.2 percent on the tax portion of a restaurant bill doesn’t add much to the cost of meals.

That said, payment terminals used in restaurants definitely steer people towards tipping on the full bill. These terminals usually offer predefined tip percentages when you make your payment with a credit or debit card. I asked on twitter if people found that these predefined percentages were applied to their full bill with taxes included and the consensus answer was yes. Many did not seem happy with this arrangement.

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