Top Stories of 2016: Number 4 – The end of tipping? Probably not

For the last 10 days of 2016, the Angus Reid Institute is counting down our top 10 stories of the year, based on the total number of pageviews they received at This is number 4.

Many in the restaurant world would like to see the practice of leaving a tip at the end of the meal be phased out in favour of a service-included model. Proponents of a no-tipping future argue that it would solve the problem of unpredictable wages for restaurant workers, and remove what many customers see as an obligation, rather than an optional reward for good service.

Restaurants across Canada have dabbled in declaring themselves tip-free zones, but their success has been mixed, at best.

This is likely a product of a public that isn’t quite on board with a service-included restaurant model. When the Angus Reid Institute asked Canadians which system they would prefer, slightly more chose the current, tip-based system (46%) than chose a no-tipping system (40%).

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