CIM 2017 Convention - Montreal CIM 2017 Convention - Montreal

Travel Tips


Conference Language

The official language of the congress is English and all printed materials will be published in English.

Time Zone

The province of Quebec isin the Eastern Satndard Time (EST) Zone, including Montréal.

Climate

Montreal lies on a transitional climate zone between the hot-summer humid continental and the warm-summer humid continental. Spring, including the month of May, is pleasantly mild but prone to temperature changes. The average high in May is high: 19°C / 66°F, and the average low is: 10°C / 50°F. It is a great time to combine business with pleasure and head outside to discover Montreal.

Currency and Credit Cards

The Canadian currency is the dollar. The dollar can be divided in 100 cents. Coin denominations are 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1 and $2. Bank notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Foreign currency and traveler’s cheques can be converted into Canadian dollars at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. Credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, department stores and restaurants.

Automated Teller Machines (ATM)

Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get a cash advance in Canadian dollars at ATMs installed at airports, hotels, department stores, subway stations and tourist attractions. Credit cards like VISA, MasterCard and American Express are the most widely accepted in Canada. They will also take Interac cards, from known banks.

Transportation

The Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport is only 22 km from downtown Montréal.

Public Transportation, buses, car rentals, trains and taxis are available. Get details here.

Business Hours

General retail hours are from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturdays. There are exceptions: many large pharmacies, some grocery stores and some bookstores stay open late all week, and some smaller boutiques may open their doors later in the morning; noontime opening Sunday is not unusual. If you are uncertain about a store's hours it is wise to phone ahead.

Tipping

It is customary to tip restaurant waiters, taxi drivers, hairdressers, are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least $2 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.

Tax

There are two applicable taxes in Québec: a federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% and a Québec provincial tax (TVQ) of 9.975%. A 3.5% accommodation tax is also in effect in Montréal.

Electricity

The standard electrical supply is 110 volts (60Hz). Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Telephone / Mobile Phone

To make international phone calls, outside of the United states, please dial 011 + country code + area code + phone number. North America area codes and frequently called international country codes can be found in phone books or online.

Please note that emergency(911), directory assistance(411) and international directory assistance(1+area code+555 1212) phone calls are free from pay phones. Montreal uses 514 and 438. The 450 and 579 area codes are used by the off-island suburbs of Montreal.

Insurance

Participants are advised to get adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries.

Useful Phone Numbers

Police, Fire and Ambulance 911
Medical Emergency 911
Info-Santé/Health Line 811
Quebec Poison Control Centre 1.800.463.5060
Directory Assistance 411
Highway and Bridge Conditions 511
Overseas/International Calls Assistance 0 (zero)
Long Distance Directory Assistance 1+Area code+555-1212
Tourist Complaint Centre 1.800 463.5009
Tourist Information 1.877.266.5687