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Old 10-13-2016, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Pennies are still legal tender and they must accept them.
I want to agree with you but that was not the experience I had during my last two trips to Canada. More often, I found out that small independent vendors are less likely to accept pennies because they don't want the hassle of handling and storing them. That was a major reason (not the only one) why Canada phased out the penny from circulation wasn't it? I only tried paying 3-4 pennies at a time so as to pay an exact price (a practice I follow even here in the States) and even 3 measly pennies was too much for the merchants (a gift shop in Vancouver, a small restaurant in Victoria, B.C., and a small tourist boutique in Toronto). The only place that accepted my pennies was a Tim Hortons in Hamilton, Ontario right off the QEW. Perhaps chain stores like Tim Hortons, McDonalds, and large supermarkets are more apt to take them.

Anyways, I don't want to get too far off topic. The O.P. said most of his Canadian currency is in $100 bills. If he had any Canadian pennies, I'd advise to keep them as souvenirs instead because they are not minted anymore.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:37 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Thank you for all the answers. One more silly question. Is tipping culture pretty much the same in Canada as it is in the US? I don't want to offend anybody. 15-20% at restaurants and tipping housekeeping daily at hotels is OK I assume?
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:16 AM
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I want to agree with you but that was not the experience I had during my last two trips to Canada. More often, I found out that small independent vendors are less likely to accept pennies because they don't want the hassle of handling and storing them. That was a major reason (not the only one) why Canada phased out the penny from circulation wasn't it? I only tried paying 3-4 pennies at a time so as to pay an exact price (a practice I follow even here in the States) and even 3 measly pennies was too much for the merchants (a gift shop in Vancouver, a small restaurant in Victoria, B.C., and a small tourist boutique in Toronto). The only place that accepted my pennies was a Tim Hortons in Hamilton, Ontario right off the QEW. Perhaps chain stores like Tim Hortons, McDonalds, and large supermarkets are more apt to take them.

Anyways, I don't want to get too far off topic. The O.P. said most of his Canadian currency is in $100 bills. If he had any Canadian pennies, I'd advise to keep them as souvenirs instead because they are not minted anymore.
Usually don't need pennies to pay for things these days in Canada as prices are either rounded
up or down, so no pennies needed.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Thank you for all the answers. One more silly question. Is tipping culture pretty much the same in Canada as it is in the US? I don't want to offend anybody. 15-20% at restaurants and tipping housekeeping daily at hotels is OK I assume?
Yes.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I want to agree with you but that was not the experience I had during my last two trips to Canada. More often, I found out that small independent vendors are less likely to accept pennies because they don't want the hassle of handling and storing them. That was a major reason (not the only one) why Canada phased out the penny from circulation wasn't it? I only tried paying 3-4 pennies at a time so as to pay an exact price (a practice I follow even here in the States) and even 3 measly pennies was too much for the merchants (a gift shop in Vancouver, a small restaurant in Victoria, B.C., and a small tourist boutique in Toronto). The only place that accepted my pennies was a Tim Hortons in Hamilton, Ontario right off the QEW. Perhaps chain stores like Tim Hortons, McDonalds, and large supermarkets are more apt to take them.

Anyways, I don't want to get too far off topic. The O.P. said most of his Canadian currency is in $100 bills. If he had any Canadian pennies, I'd advise to keep them as souvenirs instead because they are not minted anymore.
I did a bit more digging. Yes pennies are legal tender still, that part I got, the part I MISSED is that apparently a business can refuse any type of legal currency if they so choose. Didn't know that.

So pennies to the bank I guess.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Thank you for all the answers. One more silly question. Is tipping culture pretty much the same in Canada as it is in the US? I don't want to offend anybody. 15-20% at restaurants and tipping housekeeping daily at hotels is OK I assume?
As said yes. The thing to watch out for is when paying by debit or credit card and the tip option comes up. You usually have a choice of percentage or amount. Most places calculate the percentage ON TOP OF TAXES, which is not really kosher, so you may want to tip by amount before taxes.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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Here in Montreal i usually tip 15% on whatever the bill is at a restaurant.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:29 PM
 
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I did a bit more digging. Yes pennies are legal tender still, that part I got, the part I MISSED is that apparently a business can refuse any type of legal currency if they so choose. Didn't know that.
A lot of people don't understand the meaning of "legal tender". LT refers to something you can offer to settle a transaction, but it does not mean it has to be accepted. So if your restaurant refuses to accept cash, you can't say they must accept it because it is legal tender. The argument is not valid.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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A lot of people don't understand the meaning of "legal tender". LT refers to something you can offer to settle a transaction, but it does not mean it has to be accepted. So if your restaurant refuses to accept cash, you can't say they must accept it because it is legal tender. The argument is not valid.
...and this is what I learned
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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A lot of people don't understand the meaning of "legal tender". LT refers to something you can offer to settle a transaction, but it does not mean it has to be accepted. So if your restaurant refuses to accept cash, you can't say they must accept it because it is legal tender. The argument is not valid.



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