Canadians Are Tired Of 'Tip-flation' & Opened Up About Who Should Actually Be Getting Tips

And how much they should be getting. 👇

Someone paying at a payment terminal.

Someone paying at a payment terminal.

Tipping in Canada can be a confusing subject for some as the rules over when, where, and how much to tip aren't really set in stone.

According to a study by Angus Reid, the majority of Canadians say they're being asked to tip a higher percentage and more often, a term which is referred to as "tip-flation."

And if you've ever asked to tip at a payment terminal in a location where they may not have asked for a tip before, there's a term for that too: "tip-creep."

In terms of who Canadians think should be tipped, regardless of whether or not they've tipped them in the past, the majority believe that bartenders, hairdressers/barbers and food delivery drivers should receive gratuities.

Only 47% of Canadians think taxi/Uber drivers should be tipped with the same figure holding true for those who work in beauty salons and personal services.

Moreover, 37% of Canadians think baristas should be tipped, while only 13% think those who work in massage, acupuncture or similar services should receive gratuities.

As for the people delivering your packages, 4% of people think people delivering packages should get tips.

In terms of how much people should be getting, in general, "Canadians are most likely to believe a tip of less than 15 per cent of the cost of the bill is sufficient if they support tipping the work at all," explains Angus Reid.

As well, while 83% of people think "too many places are asking for tips these days," less than 15% believe that customer service has gotten better with the "tip-flation."

In general, the majority of Canadians would prefer that country move away from the tipping system we currently have and instead adopt a "service included" system which would mean a higher base wage for employees.

Narcity recently asked ChatGPT to weight in on how much you should tip in each province, and while it generally said 15% for most regions, it did note that "the amount of tip ultimately depends on the quality of service and personal discretion."

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Sarah Rohoman
Sarah Rohoman is an Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian celebrities and is based in Toronto, Ontario.