Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- New entry requirement now in effect: Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada now need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). **Visa-exempt travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land (e.g. car or bus) or sea (e.g. cruise ship).
- Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.
- If you need an eTA, you can apply for it electronically before you travel. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp
- See more info at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
#SMSociety Conference Dates:
- July 28-30, 2017
- Ryerson University – Ted Rogers School of Management (55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C5)
- Many people do not require a visa to visit Canada. Visit Citizenship & Immigration Canada to find out whether you will need to apply for a travel visa and how to apply for one.
Travel to Toronto:
There are two airports serving Toronto.
- Union Pearson Express Train – $12 (one way) (~25 min between the airport and downtown Union train station).
- Taxis to downtown Toronto. Cost ~$55 + tip (~ 30-60 minutes). Follow signs to the taxi queue.
- Public Transit – Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) There is no direct public transit, but there are city buses that connect to the subway system. Cost $3.25 (~ 60-90 minutes).
- 1. You can catch the 192 Airport Rocket bus on the lowest level of either terminal (column R4 in terminal 1, columns C8-C12 in terminal 3).
- 2. At Kipling subway station (the last stop on the bus), transfer to the eastbound Bloor/Danforth subway line.
- 3. For most downtown hotels, transfer to a southbound subway train at either St. George or Yonge station.
- 4. Make sure you find out the closest stop to your hotel in advance. Note that not all subway stations have elevators or escalators, so you might have to climb a flight of stairs.
- The airport is located in downtown Toronto.
- There is a complimentary shuttle that will take you to Union Station so you can take the subway to the nearest stop to your hotel.
- Taxis are located in-terminal and cost about $10 to downtown.
Travel in Toronto:
- In the city, you can use the TTC for subway, streetcars, and buses ($3.25). On the weekend, you can buy an unlimited one-day travel pass for $12.50 on all regular TTC routes for two people.
- Toronto is a very walkable city and the best way to enjoy the city is on foot.
Parking in Toronto:
- The conference venue is located downtown Toronto and there are several options for parking.
- Check out Toronto’s Parking Authority Website (parking.green.com) or download the App (Green P) to your iOS device
- The conference will take place during regular work days, so please arrive earlier to find a parking spot.
Accommodations in Toronto:
There is no ‘conference’ hotel. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of accommodations near the conference venue (55 Dundas St W). The conference has no relationship with any of the providers and receives no financial return from any of these providers. Any rates/discounts mentioned are presented as a reference and might be higher at the time of your booking. We encourage you to shop around and book early.
- Ryerson University and University of Toronto Summer Housing Options:
- Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com) may have some affordable options.
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre (30 Carlton Street Toronto, Ontario M5B 2E9)
Rates: Starting at ~$131/231 CAD + Taxes
- Eaton Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard Street West Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4)
- Choice Hotels (Various Locations & Rates )