Many Canadians want to eliminate tipping culture


Published June 25, 2024 at 4:54 pm

Many Canadians want to eliminate tipping culture

According to the point of sale experts at Lightspeed Commerce Inc., Canadians are shifting gears when it comes to the national consensus on tipping. 

As indicated by Lightspeed’s data, as locations adjust their prices to keep pace with the national cost of living crisis, many Canadians are searching for clear-cut ways to get the most out of their dollar. 

Upon surveying 1,500 Canadians, Lightspeed discovered that national attitudes toward dining out — despite some common throughlines — are a mixed bag. Insights from the survey showed that 44 per cent of respondents have no plans to change their dining habits, even alluding to dining out even more in the coming summer months. 

However, the big elephant in the room is the overwhelming solidarity amongst Canadians toward tipping culture, as 67 per cent of those surveyed indicated that they are feeling more pressure than ever to tip. On top of the general anxiety surrounding the act of tipping, 53 per cent of respondents were quick to indicate that if it weren’t for the cost of living, they would not be so eager to tip overall.

Even with this sentiment, according to Lightspeed’s data, on a global scale, Canadians are tipping the least, 25 per cent less on a national scale when compared to other surveyed countries that sit at 19 per cent. 

Information provided by Lightspeed also found that a staggering 77 per cent of Canadians disdain any auto-tipping prompts and 34 per cent want to get rid of the practice of tipping wholesale. 

Interestingly enough, surveyed Canadians were very supportive on tipping the traditional secondary workforce of tipped individuals, as 48 per cent of respondents remain very eager to throw delivery drivers a few extra bucks. 

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