Why are a lot of Canadians bad tippers?

Please understand that I’m not trying to be mean and I think most Canadians are nice people, but I would like to know why so many Canadians are bad tippers? I work at a restaurant near a major shopping area in Buffalo, NY and more than 50% of our customers are Canadian. I always smile, I am nice to everyone, but most of the Canadians I serve never tip more than a few dollars. The worst time was when I served a group of 6 Canadians, we had a great conversation and they seemed really nice, and then they left me a Canadian coin, that I can’t even use here.

Other employees and myself have never received more than 10% in tips from Canadians, and the general rule is that 15% - 20% + is acceptable for average service. Unlike Canadian restaurants, servers in the U.S. earn far below min’ wage, so we rely mostly on tips. Even the Toronto Star did an article about this.

Why are so Canadians bad at tipping? Is this something they do only in the U.S. or are they just unaware of this?
Thanks for the answers so far and I agree with the comments about the U.S. restaurant industry needing to have some changes and I know that in some countries they don’t tip at all, but for the most part, in North America, tipping is part of the culture even more so in the U.S. than Canada, and I just think it would be nice if some Canadians could try to understand that.

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