Taxes and Tipping

Montreal - Taxes and Tipping


You are probably used to having sales tax included in the price of things you buy in your home country.

In Montreal the sales tax is added to the price at the cash register when you go to pay. There are 2 taxes that are added to your purchase.


The first tax is the GST (Goods and Services Tax), which is calculated at a rate of 5% on the selling price.

The second tax is the QST (Quebec Sales Tax), which is calculated at a rate of 9.975% on the selling price excluding the GST.

Combined the 2 taxes add approximately 15% more to your purchase price.

Taxes are added on to most purchases except basic groceries, most medical services, and prescription medication.

When going to dine at a sit down restaurant the bill normally does not include a tip for the server. It is customary to leave 10-15% of your bill before the applicable taxes. It is also customary to tip (10%-15%) the hair dresser and taxi driver.