Jessica wrote:Wait staff in Canada get payed minimum wage.
Minimum wage is technically enough to live on, if you're getting fulltime hours. Most Wait staff that I know is part time. In fact, most people payed close to minimum wage is part time.
Yes, you can live on minimum wage. Technically.
Tips are generally expected though. It's part of the culture. It turns someone who works a minimum wage crap job to someone who can afford to leave her appartment from time to time.
I just want to clarify that I wasn't saying that our wait staff/hairdressers/jobs associated with tips even get minimum wage, I don't know how much they're paid and I'm sure it varies greatly depending on the establishment. That said, standard minimum wage here will be (they've passed laws to increase it that come into effect in October) $14.31/h, and we also have really good social security and government handout schemes in place for people that earn less than a certain amount. So I guess that's also part of the reason why it's not big here, they're already well looked after.