Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southern Ontario
In Ontario there is minimum wage and server minimum wage a $1.30 diff. This is up from when I bartended...when I started it was 3.50/hr. gradually went up to 5.95 and then there was a min. wage freeze for approx. 10 yrs. at that rate...it's now 8.95.
If you work in a Non-licensed establishment (no liquor lic.), then the min. wage is at par w/someone who works in any min. wage job. These places are far and few between - mostly breakfast places like Cora's...bonus too - don't have to work to 3 am.
I worked in high volume places mostly so a paycheque was more mad money - we claimed in tips whatever we saw fit at tax time - most didn't, I know the gov. is working on changing that and w/all the debit and credit it's getting easier for them to....that said as a bartender I was tipped out, depending on the establishments protocol - then ave. was 1-1.5% of servers sales before tax...usually a server tipped out a busser (if had one) and bartender - rare was tipping out the kitchen - HOWEVER - now, amounts are upwards of 3-4% of servers tips to house, so bar, kitchen, busser, hostess and now management - and also a "breakage" charge - usually a flat rate (one place the owner was taking $10/shift, regardless what you sold or made) AND, you have to pay for mistakes, walk outs (dine and dash)!
Tip your servers!
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