The Annual Meeting organizers are not responsible for individual medical, travel, or personal insurance for any meeting attendees. All participants are strongly advised to purchase their own personal travel insurance before coming to Canada.
All clinics and hospitals accept major credit cards. In case of an emergency call 911 from any telephone to request assistance.
Currency and banking
To convert from your local currency into CAD dollars please use this Currency Calculator.
Most goods and services in Quebec are subject to two taxes, a federal Goods and Services Tax of 5% (usually listed as TPS on receipts – Taxe sur les produits et services) and a provincial sales tax of 9.975% (TVQ on receipts – Taxe de vente du Québec). An accommodation tax of 3.5% per night of hotel stay is also charged.
Books are not provincially taxed, and most groceries are not taxed at all unless something counts as ready-to-eat. Almost everything else is taxable.
Gratuities for Service
In Canada, it is common courtesy to provide a 10% to 15% gratuity for meals, valet parking, concierge assistance and certain services such as haircuts or spa treatments. Some restaurants automatically add the gratuity to the amount charged, so check the bill carefully before paying.
English and French are the official languages of Canada, with French predominating in Quebec.
Please remember to bring electrical plug adapters for your computers and personal electronics.
The electricity available is 120V and 60Htz. Plug adapters should be brought with you.