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To Tip or Not to Tip, That is the Question

To Tip or Not to Tip, That is the Question

At times it can be difficult to determine when tipping is appropriate and when it’s unnecessary. Tipping is done because many service providers receive a relatively low base pay and depend on tips to earn a good rate.

Tipping is not a mandatory practice; however, in certain scenarios, it is an expected or appropriate course of action. In Canada, tips generally range between 15% to 20% but can vary depending on who is being tipped. 

Tipping at Restaurants

Tipping in restaurants is a common practice in many countries. In Canada, tips for wait staff/servers tend to range between 15 to 20% of the before-tax total. 

Tipping at Hotels

Tipping at hotels can apply in a number of different scenarios. For instance, when hotel staff bring your baggage to your room, a tip of  $2 to $5 per bag is an appropriate gesture of thanks. Another example is with valet service. If you make use of this feature consider tipping the valet $5 to $10, upon picking up your car. Your hotel room attendant is another person who should be tipped for their service. Consider writing ‘thank you’ on a notepad and leaving a tip with it. 

The above scenarios are all common instances when you would be tipping hotel staff; however, there are other scenarios, such as if the hotel concierge does an extra service, like securing theatre tickets for you. This would deserve a tip. 

When staying at a hotel, it’s important to check if a tip is included on top of the cost of service, as it would then be unnecessary to tip on top of this amount. 

What Other Instances Should I Tip?

Other instances when tips are still an acceptable practice are with hair stylists, beauticians and masseurs. With these services, it’s still appropriate to tip between 15 to 20% of the before-tax total. 

At the end of the day, we all want to feel the love! If you feel someone has really provided exceptional service, be kind and leave them a good tip as a sign of appreciation!