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An international congress
linking CME and CPD to health outcomes
May 16-19, 2004 - Toronto
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
The following sites provide information about various attractions, restaurants, & activities in Toronto. Since this list is not comprehensive, please use the General Tourism Sites to search for specific interests.
General Tourism Sites
Art Gallery of Ontario
Historic Fort York
Hockey Hall of Fame
Mackenzie House & Recreated Print Shop
(purchase tickets online)
Ontario Science Centre
Major League Baseball
(purchase tickets online)
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto Island Park
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
University of Toronto Tours
Long, bright, sunny days are expected at this time of year in Toronto. Average daytime high temperatures are in the low 20°s C, while evening temperatures can be as low as 10° C. A sports jacket or light coat is recommended. The meeting facilities and guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning. For more information on Toronto weather, please go to http://weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca .
Most American credit cards are honored in Canada. Most U.S. ATM (banking machine) cards can be used in Canada. Money will be disbursed in Canadian funds and converted to U.S. dollars on bank statement.
Canadian currency is in dollars and cents. Please check the current exchange rate before travelling. Banks are generally closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Several options are available for currency exchange and bank machines are available at Lester B. Pearson Airport and at the hotel. U.S. currency is widely accepted. See http://www.travelex.com for current rates of exchange.
American State driver's licences are valid in Canada for varying periods of time, as legislated by individual provinces and territories. The 1949 International Driving Permit is also valid but it must be accompanied at all times by the visitor's State or National driver's licence.
110 Volts, 60 cycles AC (same as the U.S.).
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX VISITOR REBATE
The goods and services tax (GST) is a 7% tax charged for most goods and services sold or provided in Canada. As a visitor to Canada, you will pay the tax on most of your purchases. Under the visitor rebate program, you may get a refund of the tax paid on goods and accommodations in Canada, provided it is less than one month per lodging establishment.
You qualify for a tax refund if:
Summerside Tax Centre
275 Pope Road
Participants are strongly urged to take out personal, medical and travel insurance prior to travelling.
English is the dominant language used in Toronto. There will be no simultaneous translation.
OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INVITATION
Official letters of invitation to help overcome administrative difficulties in some countries can be sent by the Conference Secretariat upon written request. These letters do not commit the Organizing Committee to any financial obligation.
Smoking is prohibited in all conference meeting rooms.
Canada has six time zones: Newfoundland (3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Atlantic (4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Eastern (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Central (6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Mountain (7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time) and Pacific (8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time).
Toronto is on Eastern Time (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time).
Tips or service charges are not usually added to a bill in Canada. In general, a tip of up to 15% of the sub-total (before taxes) is given. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc.
Lester B. Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) is located 27 km (16 miles) northwest of downtown Toronto.
Visitors require a valid passport, and many require a visitor's visa. For information on visa requirements and exemptions please check with the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. For further information please go to http://www.cic.gc.ca and click on the section on "Visitors". While attendees from the USA do not require a passport in order to travel to Canada, it is strongly recommended, as photo identification is required. Proof of citizenship must be provided.
Canadian tap water is among the cleanest in the world and is very safe to drink.
Office of Continuing Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
500 University Avenue, Suite 650
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
PH: 416.978.2719 Fax: 416.971.2200
Toll-Free: 1.888.512.8173 (North America only)