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Does Vancouver Have A Tipping Problem?


Vancouver is well known for many reasons, some of which are positive, such as yoga and sushi; however, it may be developing a re putation for something rather unflattering.

A recent poll suggests Vancouverities are the stingiest tippers in the country. Of course, if you speak to any server in the region, they have likely experienced this behaviour firsthand.

“Vancouverites, according to the survey, are the stingiest in the country, with gratuities in the city averaging only 12.8 per cent. That’s fully three percentage points less than the 15.8 per cent that is the going rate in Regina, the No. 1 city in Canada when it comes to tip sizes,” reports Global News.

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With that being said, gratuities are a point of contention for people. Some feel that businesses ought to pay their staff higher wages, and quit relying on patrons to foot the difference.

On the other hand, some feel that residents have a hard enough time paying rent here, let alone shelling out big tips. With the least affordable market in Canadian history, it is a tough city to thrive in.


Tipping in Vancouver

If you search for tipping etiquette in Vancouver on TripAdvisor, the website states that it is customary, and therefore expected, to do so.

“Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax, less for poor service, more for truly exceptional service,” reads the article on tipping.

Do you think that Vancouver has a tipping problem? If so, do you believe we tip too high or too low? Alternatively, do you think that servers ought to be paid higher wages, so that the onus doesn’t lie on the patron to pay a partial wage for the service? 

Sound off in the comments below!


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