Useful practical information



Visa information for foreigners travelling to Canada 


No visa is requested for US Citizens.


An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air, such as Australia, Japan, Israel and European countries except Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. You can find more information about the eTA here.


For the other countries, you do need a visa and/or to give biometrics. Please check if you would need to process a visa to go to Canada here and if you need to give biometrics here.


In any case, we invite you to contact the Canadian Embassy of your country as early as possible, you may find all the information on the Official website of the Canadian Government. If needed, we will provide you with an invitation letter after your registration. Feel free to contact us at


*This information is given by IPPA for informational purposes only, being exempt from any responsibility in the visa process.


 practical information

  Important information 

  Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is a holiday celebrated on June 24 in the Canadian province of Quebec and by French Canadians across Canada and the United States. As a result, some stores might be closed. 



Typical Montreal weather in June is as follows:


Average June temperature: 17ºC / 63ºF
Average June high: 24ºC / 75ºF
Average June low: 11ºC / 52ºF



Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada, with over 59% of the population able to speak both English and French. Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.


Currency, Credit Cards and Exchange Rate (last update on Nov 11, 2018)

The currency unit in Canada is the Canadian dollar (CAD or C$).

1 EUR =1.51 CAD

1 USD = 1.30 CAD


1 CAD = 0.66 EUR

1 USD = 0.86 EUR


There are some online currency converters available, please take a look at:


Cash withdrawal machines (ATM), banks and exchange offices are available city-wide. Well-known credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Visa) are accepted in hotels, most of the restaurants and shops.



Canada imposes a 5% federal goods and services tax (GST) on taxable supplies made in Canada.


Time Zone

Montreal is in the Eastern time zone of North America: EST GMT/UTC-5 hours



Canada's electrical supply and electrical outlets (sockets, wall plugs) are the same as those found in the United States.

The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second).


WiFi hotspots

There are several WiFi hotspots in Montréal allowing you to enjoy free Wireless Internet access. Among the main WiFi zones are:


  • Old Montreal
  • Downtown Shopping Areas
  • Montreal's entertainment district (quartier des Spectacles)
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau
  • Gay Village
  • The Airport

Check out this hotspot map to find more WiFi zones.


Emergency Number

Fire, Police and Ambulance Tel: 911
Montreal Police Tel: 514 280 2222



It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax.


Business Hours

Bank Hours: from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the Week (often with extended hours on Thursday or Friday),
Office Hours: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,

                              9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.





We are preparing a Practical Guide with some tips on the Conference locations, activities, transportation and all the spots you cannot miss while discovering Montreal wonders! The practical guide will be available before the Conference.