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Taxes and tipping

Most goods and services are subject to a federal tax (GST) and a provincial tax (TVQ) in Québec. Foreign residents may be entitled to certain tax rebates on tourism-related goods and services, however. For more information, contact

Visitor Rebate Program

Summerside Tax Centre
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
275 Pope Road, Suite 104
Summerside, PE C1N 6C6

Tel.: 1-800-668-4748 (inside Canada)
(902) 432-5608 (outside Canada)

Service is rarely included in restaurant and hotel bills. Tips usually range from 10% to 15% of the total bill, excluding tax. Cab drivers, bellhops and hairdressers are usually tipped at the customer's discretion.

Buying alcoholic beverages

Wines and spirits are sold in outlets of the Société des alcools du Québec . Beer and local ciders, along with a limited selection of wines, are available in supermarkets and 'dépanneurs' (convenience stores).

Store business hours

Most stores are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Some may be closed on Sunday or after 6:00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

Legal holidays

New Year's (January 1 and 2)
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Victoria Day (next to last Monday in May)
Québec National Holiday (June 24)
Canada Day (July 1)
Labour Day (first Monday in September)
Thanksgiving (second Monday in October)
Christmas (December 25 and 26)

Currency and credit cards

Legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which divides into 100 cents. Bills come in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations; coins in use are 1, 5, 10 and 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.

Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted most everywhere. Travellers' cheques can be cashed in major hotels, some restaurants and large stores in major cities; otherwise they should be cashed at foreign exchange offices or banks.

Banks are generally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. An extensive network of automatic banking machines is also accessible at all times.


Québec, like everywhere else in North America, uses 110-volt, 60-cycle AC electric power. Since electrical outlets are of the American type, visitors wishing to use other types of plugs must bring an adapter.

Metric system

In 1980 Québec (and all of Canada) traded in pounds and inches for the metric system. You'll notice the road signs are all in kilometres-just multiply by .6 to get the equivalent in miles. Gas is sold by the litre. There are 4.5 litres in one Canadian gallon and 3.8 litres in one American gallon. Time is generally indicated using the 24-hour system: 8 h means 8 a.m. and 20 h means 8 p.m.

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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