Useful Information

Simultaneous interpretation

Simultaneous interpretation (into french or English) will be offered for:

  • all Plenary sessions;
  • the Tuesday All-Day Seminars: NURSING DAY and PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES;
  • the Wednesday Special Seminar on PHARMACOTHERAPY;
  • the Friday Special Seminar on PSYCHOTHERAPY IN PALLIATIVE CARE.

Audio Recording

Most sessions will be recorded on CD and available for purchase at the Congress.

Ground Transportation

Taxis and Limousines

For rapid and convenient access to downtown Montréal, taxi or limousine services are available. No reservation is needed from the airport and there is a flat rate of $40 (taxi) or $75 (limousine) to the downtown district. Some drivers accept credit cards and/or American funds but they are not obliged to. These rates include taxes and are subject to change without notice.

Airport Shuttle Service

The Express bus 747 is a public transit bus that runs between the airport and downtown Montréal (Central Bus Station) 24 hours a day, approx. every 30 minutes.  It makes several stops on René Lévesque Blvd. near major downtown hotels. Travel times will vary from 45 to 60 minutes according to traffic conditions.  For the exact schedule and trajectory map, please visit:

  • Fare:  $10 CAN    24-hour pass
               $18 CAN    72-hour pass (3 consecutive days)
               (Fares include taxes; subject to change without notice)
               The fare includes a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network.

  • Method of Payment:Tickets can be bought at the STM fare vending machine in the International Arrivals area of the airport, at metro stations, or at the Central Bus Station.  You may also pay in cash on board the bus but you must have the exact change in coins.  Bills are not accepted. 

Important Information for visa-exempt foreigners

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Note that US citizens and travellers who already have an existing valid visa for Canada are exempt.

While this sounds like an exhausting procedure – it’s actually a simple procedure.

First, find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa by visiting the Government of Canada website:

To apply for an eTA:
Fill out the online form here eTA Online Application. It takes just a few minutes. The cost is $7 CDN and most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within a few minutes of submitting the online form. The eTA is electronically linked to the passport and is valid for 5 year or until the passport expires – whichever comes first. Travellers can apply now for the eTA if they know that they will be travelling to Canada sometime in 2016.

Getting Your Travel Visa

Submission of Applications:

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that you visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing your visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.

You are encouraged to submit your visa application well in advance of the date of the event at a Visa Application Centre or on-line E-applications (e-Apps).


This system allows clients to submit applications online. If you need a visa but require your passport for other travel purposes, you are strongly encouraged to submit your visa applications on-line (e-Apps ). Those who choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until a decision has been taken on their applications. If required, the visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.

Visa Application Centres (VACs)

VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
VACs provide a number of services including helping applicants to fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.

Applicants that are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC. Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the CIC website.

VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process

Visa Applications Processing Times

Processing time for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of the year. Participants should be encouraged to apply early for their visas, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents. Please visit the CIC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices.


The Canadian dollar is the national currency.
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Autumn is Montréal’s most beautiful season. It is colourful, with an average high temperature of 12.3˚C (54˚F) and a low of 5.9˚C (42˚F) in October.