The rules about tipping in Ontario are about to change.

Beginning on June 10, 2016, restaurant owners will be prohibited from taking any portion of employee tips, except under very specific circumstances.

The new legislation still permits tip pools, but operators must follow the existing Canada Revenue Agency rules about controlled tips. You can find the Restaurants Canada overview on the new Ontario law and the CRA regulations on the Member Portal.

Restaurants Canada members: If you have questions about tipping, please contact James Rilett at or Paul McKay at

Not a member, and want to know about the resources we’ve compiled on tipping? Join online now, or call our membership team at 1-800-387-5649.

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