Will BC become a "no-tip" province?

Will BC take on the "no-tip" model that is already commonplace in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe? Some economists say it’s an idea whose time has come in Canada.

David Jones, new owner of the the soon-to-open Smoke and Water Restaurant in Parksville, has decided to do away with tipping. He has opted instead to share a portion of gross revenue with his 48 staff. He’s hoping that will work out to "a living wage" of at least $20 an hour and also plans to offer medical and dental coverage.

In a blog post on May 12, professor Lindsay Tedds estimated that undeclared income in the form of tips is costing the government between $1 billion and $2 billion in annual revenue.