Travel Information



Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sometimes on Saturdays. You will find automated teller machines almost everywhere.



Climate & Clothing


June in Montreal is very pleasant with daytime temperature ranging between 19.3ºC / 67ºF and 23.7ºC / 75ºF . We recommend bringing a light sweater or jacket to the meeting venue as it may feel cold due to air conditioning.





The Canadian dollar is the national currency. Automatic teller machines and exchange offices are readily available. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.





Electrical outlets in Canada operate on 120 volts / 60 Mz. If you are traveling from Europe or elsewhere, you will need an adapter to use small appliances designed for a different standard (220/240 V).



Health Insurance & Hospitals


Hospitals and medical services in Canada are excellent. The vast majority of hospitals are publicly managed and rates are set by provincial and hospital authorities. Hospital care for non-residents of Canada is charged at a daily rate or on the basis of the medical condition and length of stay. Charges vary from province to province and from hospital to hospital, but generally range from $1,000 to $2,000 a day. It is therefore important to obtain travel health insurance before leaving home, since it is possible your regular health insurance does not include coverage outside your country of residence.





The official language of the Conference will be English. Simultaneous translation services will not be offered.





The Organizing Committee and/or Meeting Organizer shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered participants of the McGill Summer Institute Courses. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.



Official Letters of Invitation | VISA


Please note that invitation letters for Visa purposes are issued to delegates who have successfully paid their registration fees or confirmed their courses through the online system (if they do not owe any money). These letters do not and can not commit the Summer Institute to any financial obligation. Should your visa be declined, the registration fee will be reimbursed in full (minus $50 administrative fee) upon presentation of document proof of visa denial. Deadline to send document proof: June 6, 2019.

  1. We strongly recommend that participants apply as soon as they get the invitation letter and not wait, even if the Summer Institute is months away.
    An estimate of the processing time can be found on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website but participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time. Please note that there are new requirements for obtaining a visa depending of your Citizenship, please check carefully to ensure you provide these with your application and plan accordingly.

  3. For busy people who cannot be without their passports for long, it is possible to apply online. A scanned copy of the passport is required.
  4. Otherwise, you can find Visa application centres here.


Sales Taxes


Goods and services
A federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% is charged on most goods and services in Canada. A Québec provincial tax (TVQ) of 9.975% is added to all goods and services purchased in the province of Québec.




There is a tax on the cost of each accommodation unit rented in an establishment located in the Montréal tourism region. A 3.5% lodging tax will be applied per night if visitors pay for the accommodation themselves. View accommodation options here.





Most shops are open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). They are usually closed on legal holidays, but some establishments (supermarkets, SAQ outlets, etc.) may still be open.


Bars and restaurants serve alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Some restaurants have a BYOW policy, which allows you to bring wine and beer of your choice. You can purchase alcohol at convenience stores (dépanneurs) and grocery stores between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., but for hard liquor and a greater selection of wine and beer, stop by one of the many Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) outlets.
The legal drinking age in Québec is 18 years old.





Service is not included in restaurants and it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total bill. (A quick way to calculate the appropriate tip amount is to add the two taxes that appear at the bottom of your bill. It works out to roughly 15%). If you are with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill. Just ask when you are not sure if tip is included. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least $1 per suitcase or per service rendered. Coffee and food counters often have a tip cup next to the cash register; spare change is always appreciated.




Recommended Tourism Information


Please see our extensive list of recommended tourist attractions in Montreal and the surrounding area here.




About Montreal


Transportation Information


Accommodation Information