Tips are not included in any of your restaurant/bar bills so the standard tip is about 10% - 15%.
An easy way to calculate the type is to add the cost of the GST and PST on your bill (this usually amounts to 15%).
Is it expected that you tip in most places: restaurants, bars, clubs, usually around 15%. If the service is crappy, don't give a tip (or give a very small one). Many service people's salaries are based on tips.
Usually taxi drivers expect a little tip, 10-15% as well.
Piece of advice, there is tax added on everything, so most places it will be 15%, which is PST + GST, so if you want to add a tip, just TIP THE AMOUNT OF THE TAX.
Gratuities and taxes are not included in the price of meals as listed on menus. Taxes will be listed on the bill & included in the total.
An appropriate tip is usually 10 - 15% of the total bill, depending on the quality of the service and the "posh-ness" of the restaurant. And yes, tipping is expected unless you were seriously dissatisfied. Just leave it on the table.
Tipping is a wide practised event in ottawa, and all of canada. We tip most people for the services they provide. These include waiters, bartenders, taxi drivers, hairdressers, gas station attendants (when its really cold).
The general rule is 10-15% ...not sure how to calculate it? just take the tax that is sub-totaled on the bill, tax in ontario is 15% so it is a good estimate to go by.