Canada’s currency is Canadian Dollars (CDN). Denominations of two dollars and lower are in coin. Although you may come across some pennies in circulation, they are no longer used or produced. All retailers will round the value of a purchase to the nearest $.05.
You will find most service providers accept the U.S. dollar. Currency exchange can be done at any bank. You will also find cash machines or ATM’s in all banks in Amherstburg. Credit cards will be accepted at most locations. However, it is advised to bring cash to any festivals or events. For exchange rates visit the Bank of Canada.
English and French are Canada’s two official languages. In Amherstburg, English is predominantly used, with some people able to speak French.
Age of Majority (Age to acquire alcohol)
By law, you must be 19 years of age and possess a valid photo I.D. to enter any drinking or gaming establishment, or to purchase alcoholic beverages or tobacco products in Ontario.
Smoke Free Initiatives
All public places are smoke-free. This includes stores, restaurants, festivals, all outdoor recreational facilities and parks. Smoking is permitted 20 metres away from these locations.
When in receipt of good service, a tip of approximately 15-20% of the pre-tax bill is standard.
There will be a 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) applied to most purchases.
Crossing the Border
To visit Canada, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.
To visit the United States, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
For Detroit / Windsor tunnel tolls and protocol visit Ezborder Crossing website.
For Ambassador Bridge tolls and protocol visit Ezborder Crossing website.