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Here's A Comprehensive Guide To Tipping In Every Canadian Province

When, where and how much you should be tipping in each Canadian province.

Like filing your taxes, tipping properly is one of those things that nobody really teaches you, but everyone expects you to know how to do as soon as you start earning your own money.

The general standards for tipping vary from province to province, depending on the region's minimum wage. And unfortunately, there's no handbook for tipping in other everyday situations - like how much you should tip for a haircut or a manicure. 

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Now that summer's in full swing and you're probably spending way too much money at bars and patios, here's a comprehensive guide to tipping based on where you are and what you're doing.

According to Square's 2018 Tipping Trend Report,  the average standard tip percentage across Canada is 13.8%. But, tipping standards in your home city could be pricier or cheaper than average. In Vancouver, the standard is 12.8% and in Regina, it's nearly 16%. 

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Here's the full list of tipping averages in every province, territory and major city in Canada: 

Provinces and Territories

  • Prince Edward Island: 15.2%
  • Yukon: 15%
  • Northwest Territories: 15%
  • New Brunswick: 14.9%
  • Saskatchewan: 14.8%
  • Nunavut: 14.4%
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 14.3%
  • Nova Scotia: 14.2%
  • Ontario: 14%
  • Alberta: 13.9%
  • Manitoba: 13.9%
  • Quebec: 13.9%
  • British Columbia: 13.4%

Major Canadian Cities

  • Regina: 15.8%
  • Whitehorse: 15.4%
  • Ottawa: 15.3%
  • Yellowknife: 15.1%
  • Halifax: 14.7%
  • St. John’s: 14.7%
  • Charlottetown:14.6%
  • Fredericton: 14.6%
  • Toronto: 14.6%
  • Montreal: 14.2%
  • Calgary: 14%
  • Iqaluit: 13.6%
  • Winnipeg: 13.5%
  • Vancouver: 12.8%

Here are the average tipping percentages mapped out across Canada:

Via Square Up, 2018 Tipping Trend Report

The report also breaks down the average tip amount you should be leaving depending on the business or the service you're getting. These include sit-down restaurants, outdoor markets, catering, food trucks, and more. Here's the full list:

  • Bars: 15.1%
  • Outdoor Markets: 14.5%
  • Coffee / Tea Shops: 13.7%
  • Sit Down Restaurants: 13.5%
  • Food Trucks: 13.1%
  • Bakeries: 12.9%
  • Catering: 12.6%
  • Quick Service Restaurants: 11.9%
  • Beauty and Barber Shops: 15.4
  • Taxis and Limousines: 15%

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At the end of the day, these are all averages, and tipping should also be based on the quality of service, the area you're in (Northern Ontario and downtown Toronto will have different expectations), and the satisfaction of your experience/ product. 

For those of you that don't even want to attempt calculating those percentages into real dollars, here's a handy Canadian tip calculator you can use. 

Source: Square Up