What you should know

Official Venue

Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl
Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5


Montréal is serviced by Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

The airport is accessible by taxi, uber, train or city bus (route 747).


The average temperature in Montreal in November is 5° / -1° Celsius (41 / 30ºF), with an average of 11 rainy days.


The main form of currency is the Canadian Dollar ($). For current exchange rates, click here.  The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax that is levied by the federal government. That rate is set nationally at 5 percent. The provincial sales tax is a value-added tax that is levied by some provinces, including Quebec. Quebec's provincial sales tax rate is 9.975 percent (source).


  • Voltage: 110-120 V (with a standard frequency of 60 Hz) 
  • Primary Socket Type: The "Type A" and "Type B" 
  • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): plug adapter

Entry Requirements

Please be sure to check the visa requirements for your country at the nearest Canadian consulate, embassy or website as these vary from country to country.

Please allow enough time for visa applications. Refunds will not be given to participants who were unable to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry.


Canada has two official languages: English and French. Montréal is a mostly-francophone city; however, English is widely spoken.

Letter of Invitation

Letters of invitation can be generated by clicking here.

The sole purpose of an invitation letter is to facilitate delegates’ visa arrangements and does not imply financial or other support by the organizers. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

The SIU will not contact embassies or consulates on behalf of applicants.

It is the delegate’s responsibility to allow adequate time to make visa arrangements. 

Visa and Travel Information

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. COVID-19 has caused delays in processing time. Please check with your local office to ensure you submit your application with sufficient time in order to receive the visa before travelling. We recommend you apply for your Visa in person where possible. In the event you have been advised of extensive delays we may be able to provide additional support. Please complete the online form once your Visa application has been submitted. NOTE: you must include your visa application number in the form.

Please ensure that you are aware of the current restrictions and requirements in regard to COVID-19, both from your home country and Canada.

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.

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.


Taxis operate a 24-hour service with a typically short wait time. They can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares. You can also book one calling the taxi company directly. Fares are charged with a meter after an average base rate of approximately $3.50 is applied. The average tariff is $1.78 per km; however, there are set rates for taxis travelling from the airport to the downtown core (average $40).


Tipping in Canada is common practice. At restaurants, servers are typically tipped between 15% and 20%. Taxi drivers can be tipped around 10% of the fare, and hotel workers (bell hops, valet, housekeeping) can expect $2 to $5 per interaction.



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