Practical information

Health Insurance

Visitors are NOT covered by the Canadian Health Insurance Plan. It is therefore recommended that participants arrange their own health and accident coverage. This can be done before leaving home through a local travel agent or medical association.

Liability

The Symposium fees DO NOT include provisions for the insurance of participants against personal injuries, sickness, theft or property damage. This also applies to any event held during the Symposium period. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to arrange for insurance they consider necessary. Neither the Symposium Organizing Committee, nor its sponsors or committee members assume any responsibility for loss, injury or damage to persons or belongings, whatever the cause may be.

Canadian Currency, Foreign Exchange and Banking

Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dollar bills. One and two dollar bills have been replaced by coins often referred to as "loonies" (the bird on the $1 coin is a loon and "toonies" $2). The dollar is subject to daily fluctuations and is trading to approx. $0.73 USD = $1.00 CAD (as of May 5, 2017). For current daily conversion rate, you can use the currency converter provided by the Bank of Canada.

Travelers' cheques can be cashed at numerous banks and stores (with purchases). There are numerous ATM Bank Machines in downtown Montreal. Banks are generally closed on Sundays in Canada.

Weather and Clothing

During the month of August the weather in Montreal is quite pleasant. During this period, the average high is 25 °C (77 °F) and the average low is 14 °C (58°F). Please be sure to bring along a sweater or a light jacket as the nights can be cool. An umbrella is also recommended.

Electrical

The electrical voltage in Canada is 110 V, 60 cycle ac. Adapters can be found at most electrical stores nearby.

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