The event will take place at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel. “Located opposite Montreal Central train station (with an indoor path for easy winter access) and above Bonaventure metro station, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure is steps away from major attractions, the business district and public transportation convenient for all guests.”
Upon arriving at the Montreal-Trudeau airport; the airport is approximately 18km, or 25 minutes from the hotel. Taxis are available on site and will cost approximately $40.
Bus: Shuttle buses are not available between the airport and hotel however, city buses are at a cost of $9 per direction. Bus Line 747 will take you from the airport to two blocks from the hotel.
Driving; the hotel is located at 900 de la Gauchetière W., Montreal, Quebec, H5A 1E4. Should you drive to the hotel, there is covered parking available on site at a rate of $21 – $29 daily.
All delegates must possess valid travel documents and, where necessary, a visa for entry into Canada. Visa requests should be submitted to the Canadian Embassy in the delegation’s national capital; visas cannot be obtained at the airport upon landing. For current information on which countries require visas to travel to Canada, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
All delegates are requested to register for the conference through the Government of Canada registration portal: https://www.accreditationcanada.gc.ca/ODDC/default.aspx
All meetings will be held at the Hilton Bonaventure Montreal. Seating is not assigned. Participants will receive a badge which will provide access to the meeting rooms and to the lunch and coffee breaks provided at the hotel. Delegates will retrieve their badge on site on January 26th between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and again on the 27th starting at 8:00 am.
Wi-Fi access for all delegates has been arranged. A password will be provided on site.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the plenary room in the two official languages of Canada (English and French). Receivers/headsets will be available to delegates.
HOTEL AND SURROUNDING AREA
The Hilton Bonaventure is located in downtown Montreal, a major international city known for its entertainment, dining and art. The Hilton Bonaventure is located opposite the Montreal Central Train Station (indoor access) and above the Bonaventure metro station (subway – indoor access) Beyond the amenities and dining within the hotel property, the location is steps away from major attractions, and linked to 33 km of underground city boutiques and restaurants to be enjoyed in all weather.
Montreal in January is typically cold. Average lows are approximately -12°C/10°F and highs are approximately -2°C/28°F. It is not unexpected for the temperatures to be as high as 10°C/59°F and drop as low as -25°C/-13°F. It is likely to snow in Montreal in January with an average of 14 days of light snow and 4 days of heavy snow. (Visit www.climate.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca for current weather forecasts).
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. One Canadian Dollar (CAD) is equal to approximately $0.9 USD. The new Canadian currency is printed on plastic, while paper bills are still in circulation. The penny ($0.01) has been phased out and prices will be rounded to the nearest nickel ($0.05) when paying with cash. Credit cards are widely accepted. Most bank cards can also be used at ATM machines to withdraw cash in Canadian dollars.
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) .
Tip of 15% is customarily left for waiters and waitresses at the table, calculated on the pre-tax total of your bill. It will not be calculated for you – the additional charges on a restaurant bill are taxes, not service charges, and are not voluntary. You are free to leave more or less than a 15% tip if circumstances warrant.
Electricity in Canada is 110V. If you come from a country that uses 220V electricity, you will have to bring a converter for any appliances you bring along.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Ambulance, fire, police, and health emergencies: dial 911. For non-emergency police matters, dial 514-280-2222. For health inquiries that are not emergency: dial 811.
Montreal is on Eastern Standard Time (EST), UTC/GMT -5 hours.