Tipping in Toronto varies, according to the occupation and the level of service that was provided. Here is a basic rundown of how (and how much) to tip in Toronto:
Food and Drink Service
Tipping is a large part of the food service industry in Toronto. In fact, not only is tipping customary in most Toronto restaurants, it’s considered downright rude not to do so. Diners in Toronto should give a tip of at least 15% of their total bill, before taxes, with the average tip amount being about 20%. Tips are usually left after the total bill is paid, either with cash, or an addition to the credit card receipt.
In Toronto, a gratuity is not usually added to the bill unless it is for a group of more than 8 people. A gratuity of 15% is typically added for larger groups, with the option of tipping more, depending on the level of service.
For pubs and bars, $1 per drink is usually what is tipped to your bartender or serving staff.
Catering staff in Toronto is usually tipped by the host of a function or event at the end of the night. Anywhere between $10 and $20 per server is the norm.
Food delivery staff often use their own vehicles and keep late hours in inclement weather. Why not make their night happier by rounding up the price of your food and adding $2?
Door Staff and Concierge
Any door worker will tip their hat if you give them between $2 and $5 for their assistance.
Taxi drivers are usually tipped between $2 and $5 at the end of their fare, depending on the length of the trip and quality of service.
Hair Dressers/Barbers/Beauty Workers
Most salon workers appreciate a tip of around $5 for their services.
A $10 to $20 tip is customary for tattoo art, depending on the complexity of the artwork and the level of service.
It is not necessary to tip your paperboy every single week…but a little bonus of $20 or so during the holiday season provides a little warmth on those cold winter mornings.