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Tipping in Canada
A tip is given in addition to the bill to acknowledge good service. In many situations, if you do not leave a tip, people will frown upon it – you should consider a tip mandatory in those situations.
Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20%, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It usually depends on the situation.
- Restaurants (Table Service) – Tip 15% or more of the bill, based on the quality of service.
- Restaurants (Buffet) – Tipping servers who clear multiple dishes and provide drink refills is recommended (you can tip them $1 per diner or 5-10% of the bill).
- Counter Service/Fast Food Restaurants – Restaurants often have tip jars out, but you are not required to tip. If the service is exemplary or unusual requests are made, then tips are appropriate.
- Bartenders – $1 per drink, or 15-20% of the total bill
- Taxi – 10-15% of fare, based on service.
- Bellman/Porter – $1-2 per bag. More if the bags are very heavy
- Drink Server – $1-$2 per drink
- Valet Parking Attendant – $2 – $5 (when picking up car)
- Housekeeping/Maid Service – approximately $5 per night up to $10, more in high-end hotels
- Leave the tip on your pillow or in a similar obvious place with a note that says thank you.
- Leave the tip each day when you leave the room because your room might get cleaned by different people each day
- Tour Guides – 15% – 20% + depending on quality (knowledge, friendliness, etc)