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Travel Information

Passport and Visa

To visit Canada, you must have a valid passport and citizens of certain countries and territories also need a visa. To find out if you need a visa, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. In planning your trip, you should factor in approximately 30 to 85 days for visa delivery.

If you are an American citizen, please note that there are new requirements in effect for all United States nationals returning home. For more information, consult the U.S. Department of State website.

For details on what you are allowed to bring with you into Canada (gifts, merchandise, etc.), go to Canada Border Services Agency website.

LETTER OF INVITATION – Conference participants who need an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa should contact the Local Organizing Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The invitation letter will be issued once the registration form and payment has been received by the Conference Secretariat. The letter does not constitute any financial commitment on the part of the Conference.

Weather and Attire

Summer (mid-June through mid-Sept) tends to be humid in Montréal, Québec City, and other communities along the St. Lawrence River, and drier at the inland resorts of the Laurentides and the Cantons-de-l’Est.

In July, the temperature in Montreal usually varies between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night (79°F-56°F), and about 10 days of rain out of 31 are expected. Intense, but usually brief, heat waves (close to 30°C) mark July and early August, but temperatures rarely remain oppressive in the evenings.

Lighter attire is recommended during the day (shorts, skirts, etc.). In the evening, nicer jeans or a simple skirt and a nice shirt are acceptable wear at just about any restaurant. Bringing a jacket for chillier nights is advisable.

NOTE: Buildings at UQAM are fully air-conditioned. Make sure to bring proper attire if you do not wish to feel too cold inside.


We will establish contact with private daycare services. More information available soon.

Health insurance

Participants are advised to take out adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries. The organizer has no insurance coverage for the participants and will not be responsible for any accident that may occur during the Conference.


The standard electricity supply is 120 volts (60 cycles). Participants are advised to bring their own adaptors.


The Canadian dollar is the official currency in Canada. There are many currency exchange centers throughout the downtown Montréal area. Most stores and restaurants accept Visa and MasterCard and some accept American Express.


Service is not included in restaurants and bars, so it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total before taxes. Taxi drivers also normally get a tip of 15%.