Practical information

CLIMATE

The Conference will be held in summer. Normal temperatures in Montréal in July vary between 15°C and 26°C. The temperature in the morning and at night may be lower than daytime temperatures. Short and long-sleeved shirts, sweater and jacket are recommended. To check weather conditions for Montréal, visit Environment Canada or the Weather Network.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Participants are advised to take out adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their respective countries. The organizer has no insurance coverage for the participants and will not be responsible for any accident that may occur during the conference.

ELECTRICITY

The standard electricity supply is 120 volts (60 cycles). Participants are advised to bring their own adaptors.

CURRENCY

The Canadian dollar is the official currency in Canada. There are many currency exchange centers throughout the downtown Montréal area. Most stores and restaurants accept Visa and MasterCard and some accept American Express.

TIPPING

Service is not included in restaurants and bars, so it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total before taxes. Taxi drivers also normally get a tip of 15%.

LANGUAGE

French is Québec’s official language but English is widely spoken in Montréal. The city has more than 120 cultural groups and over 20% of the population speaks three languages.

TIME ZONES

Montréal switches to Eastern Daylight Time (summer time zone) on the second Sunday of March and returns to Eastern Standard Time (winter time zone) on the first Sunday of November. 

SHOPPING

Most shops are open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are usually closed on legal holidays – and on January 2 in the majority of cases – but some establishments (supermarkets, SAQ outlets, etc.) may still be open. 

MOBILE PHONE

There are many wifi connections available in the city.  If you do not turn off your roaming or 3g connection charges to your mobile phone bill can climb high depending on whether or not you have a package that includes Canada.

You can also find out more information and wifi locations by clicking on the following link:

http://www.ilesansfil.org/welcome/