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Toronto Visitor Information- Know Before You Go!

Toronto was one of Travel + Leisure's Best Places to Travel in 2018 and the 4th largest city in North America. Home to 5.5 million people, it's an international hub for business, culture, entertainment, finance, and science & technology. The currency is the Canadian dollar. One and two-dollar coins are affectionately known as the "loonie" and "twoonie" respectively! More on currency below. If you didn't get to Niagara Falls while ACSP was in Buffalo in 2018, the falls are just 90 minutes from Toronto.

This flyer includes information (PDF) about currency, taxes and tipping, languages spoken, mobile roaming, seasons/temperatures, shopping, and more. Links to detailed travel information are provided below on this page.



Entry requirements into Canada

Visitors must have valid travel documents to enter the country. Document requirements vary depending on which country you're traveling from (passport, valid visa). For more information visit the Canadian Border and Services Agency.

Conference attendees entering Canada may be asked for proof that you are attending a meeting or convention and it may be useful to have a copy of your registration confirmation on hand. This may also be useful when returning to the U.S. should a similar question be asked.

  • Plan Your Trip Across the Border
  • Travel Documents
  • Save Time at the Border - Arriving by Air? The border is going digital.
  • Canadian Border eDeclaration App
  • Applying for eTA - Canada introduced a new entry requirement, known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land and sea) have not changed. Eligible travelers can apply online for an eTA. This entry is now mandatory, and travelers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada.
  • Bringing Children into Canada - Chilcren 15 years of age and under are now required to show proof of citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate is acceptable). They are not required to show a photo ID.
  • Beware Scammers Posing as CBSA Employees - If you have received a call from an 800 telephone number, it isn't the CBSA calling. CBSA employees do not contact the public by phone. This is a scam. Never give your social insurance or social security number over the phone.


Letters for Visa Application or International Travel

If you need a formal letter for travel purposes, email with the important details that should be included in the letter.


Room Sharing or Airline Rewards Sharing

Use this link to a Google Sheet to add your name and see other parties interested in possibly sharing a hotel room in Toronto or even sharing benefits of an airline reward program. The worksheet is simple: add your information following the sample provided; communicate directly with the other parties; delete your name at any time. Those willing to use their airline award miles to help a student to travel should consult airline rules before adding their name to the worksheet. We’re excited to see you all in Toronto for ACSP's 60th conference!


ACSP Accommodating Your Needs in Toronto

Mother's Room
A Mother's Room will be available onsite at the conference to accommodate the needs of nursing mothers and their infants. The room can be accessed by conference registrants on a first come, first serve basis for times. Nursing mothers simply need to come to the ACSP conference registration desk when they need the room to obtain the key. A relaxing room with comfy furniture, a refrigerator will also be available in the room.

Quiet Room / Prayer Room
A room will be designated the Quiet Room where attendees can close their eyes for a few minutes, pray, or decompress in their own way before moving on with their day. The room can be accessed by conference registrants on a first come, first serve basis for 30 minute increments. A key can be obtained and returned to the ACSP conference registration desk.

Gender Neutral Restrooms
The location of the gender neutral restrooms can be found on the app map.

Small Device Chargers
Lose something? The conference registration desk will have various chargers available for attendees to recharge their mobile device (not laptops). We can't let you walk away with them, but we'll be glad to plug in your device and keep an eye on it while you attend your next session. Make sure to pick up your device before the registration desk closes for the day!


Local Child Care Options

These vendors will not be contracted with the ACSP nor will we be able to recommend them, but they are nearby options for your consideration. 

Play n’ Stay Child Care Center
811 Gerrard Street E, Riverdale

OEYC Artscape Young Place
(416) 532-8100
180 Shaw Street Trinity Bellwoods

Toronto Westend College Street YMCA
(416) 536-9622
931 College Street, Toronto, ON M6H 1A1

Kids and Company
(416) 595-5537
308 Queen Street W., Toronto, ON M5V 2A4


Child-Friendly Local and Walkable Services

ACSP is currently researching options for child-friendly options in Toronto near the conference hotel.


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