Travel information

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Activities in Montreal during the conference

Visit the beautiful city of Montreal during the summer and enjoy the buzzing nightlife and music scene, or the calm of the parks and museums. Check out our suggested activities!

A gourmet tour of Montreal

When in Montreal in July, you can book Weekly Tours such as culinary tours and other activities with VDM. The starting cost is 68.00 CAD per person, taxes included and you can book from Tuesday to Saturday. You will find all the necessary information on this website:


Going from the airport to the hotel

We recommend using shuttle #747 from Trudeau airport, destination centre-ville (downtown). The fare for the shuttle is 10 CAD. Get off at the corner of René-Levesque and Drummod and you will be about 100 meters from the Centre Sheraton Hotel. 

Transportation by taxis is also available at the airport for 40 CAD plus tip. If you are in a VIP mood, transportation by limousine is 55 CAD plus tip.

Getting around Montreal

Metro and bus. Montreal's public transportation network is well developped, safe and reliable. The schedules and routescan be found on Google maps or other applications.

By foot. The conference venue is located in a central spot in Montreal. In many cases, the simplest and fastest form of transportation may be to simply walk there!

Bixi. This bike sharing service is a fun way to get around Montreal. See

Travel Visas

If you need a letter of invitation for the visa application, please send an email to Nathalie Loye at [email protected] with the following information:
  • Mr. or Mrs.
  • Name as it must appear on the invitation letter
  • Institution’s name
  • Institution’s address
  • Country
  • Nationality if different from the country

Submission of Applications

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing their visa application.  Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required. 


Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year.  Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.



Electronic Applications (e-Apps).

Submission at a Visa Application Centre (VAC)

(In person or by mail)


·        This system allows clients to submit applications online.


·        Delegates that choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until requested to do so by a visa officer.


·        The visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.  


·        VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants. 

·        VACs provide a number of services to clients, including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete.

·        Reduces unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.

·        VACs serve as a collection point for applicants required to provide a biometric.

·        VACs send applications to visa offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner.

·        VACs do not process visa applications and have no decision-making authority.



NEW - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)


As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.


If you have any questions on the importation of goods related to your event please contact the  International Events and Conventions Services Program   (IECSP) at theCanada Border Services Agency (CBSA).


We hope you will find this information useful and look forward to working with you.


Special Events Unit- NHQ
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada