The 2nd World Conference on Blended Learning

April 26-28, 2017

Toronto, ON, Canada

George Brown College

Visa Requirements

ENTRY TO CANADA VISAS – Letter of Invitation

If you require a letter of invitation you must register and pay for the conference before a letter will be sent – please, see below for VISA information and links.Please include the following information in your request:
Address – full with city, country, and code
Paper title (if applicable)
Email address
Receipt – proof of payment for the conference.
Please send your requests to: conference@iabl2017.org or ppawluk@georgebrown.ca.


Here is a brief summary of the VISA regulations for persons travelling to Canada to attend conferences. Note that the latest and official information on travel to Canada is maintained by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/meeting.asp). EPEC 2015 will issue this letter to you or the mission you specify to us, by e-mail once you have completed the registration process and your payment has been received. Certain countries do not require a VISA including EU and EEA (European economic Area) nationals. In general foreign travelers require a visa for stays in Canada. An overview of countries indicating whether its citizens need to apply for visas is listed here (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp). For visa exempt travelers, find out more here (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-who.asp).

New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. More information is provided here (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp).

Do not delay in making your VISA arrangements, if needed, for entry into Canada. Processing times by Citizenship and Immigration Canada may take a few months. VISA arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.


Travel information

Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America. It is within a 90-minute flight for 60 per cent of the U.S. population.

By Air

Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent. There are a number of ways to reach the airport including public transportation, car, taxi and shuttles. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is Toronto's regional airport. It links to nearby Canadian and American Cities and is located in the downtown core on Toronto island.

Union Pearson Express (UP Express) connects Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs: Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto. UP Express trains depart every 15 minutes and the journey takes just 25 minutes. First train departs Pearson Station at 05:27 and last train at 00:57. For more information, visit www.upexpress.com.

By Ground

Major multi-lane divided highways, often known as 400 series roads in Ontario, lead to Toronto from all directions. All (except for the 407) are toll-free roads. News of Road Restrictions is available and there are a variety of public and private parking options including the many Green P Municipal Parking and temporary street parking. Long distance bus service to and from many North American destinations can be found at the Toronto Coach Terminal located in the heart of the city.



George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology is a public, fully accredited college of applied arts and technology with three full campuses in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The Waterfront Campus has been opened in September 2012. George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus is located in the East Bayfront community in downtown Toronto. The focal point of the campus is the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences, one of the city’s most architecturally striking learning environments, overlooking the Toronto harbour. It is equipped with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, as well as informal learning spaces and rooftop terraces, and was designed to support emerging themes in health care delivery in Ontario.

Getting here

Walking:The campus is in a walking distance from The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Walk east (10 minutes), along the lake shore.

TTC: Take the Bay 6 bus from Union station, the bus stop is located at the corner of Dockside Dr. and the Corus Laneway. Or take the Sherbourne 75 bus from the Sherbourne station (Bloor-Danforth subway line).

By cab: The campus is withing a 10min taxi ride (<$10) from most of the downtown hotels. Uber is also available in the city.


George Brown College - waterfront campus
51 Dockside Drive
Toronto, Ontario M5A 0B6


General information

Languages Spoken

The are two official languages in Canada – English and French.


Toronto’s currency is the Canadian dollar. Commonly used small coins are the 5-cent (“nickel”), 10 cent (“dime”), 25 cent (“quarter”). The two main coins are the $1 gold-coloured coin, commonly called a “Loonie” (the loon is the bird engraved on one side), and the $2 silver and gold tone coin is called the “toonie”. Paper bills come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations. $1000 denominations are available but can only be exchanged at a bank.


Banks throughout Toronto are open Monday to Friday from approximately 10:00am – 05:00pm. Some banks are open on Saturdays and Sundays. You will find an Automated Teller (ATM) in most convenience stores, hotel lobbies and other public places.

Credit Cards (including American Express, Visa and MasterCard) are welcome at most establishments throughout Toronto.


On most purchases, a total of 13% HST (harmonized sales tax) is charged on taxable items apply. There is no HST on most grocery items but restaurant meals are taxed. Please note that while shopping the prices do not include taxes and you must pay the tax over and above the price indicated on the sticker.


Restaurant tipping is left to the customer’s discretion, but the customary amount is 15% – 20%. Many restaurants automatically add a tip or gratuity to the bill for groups larger than 6 or 8 people. It is also customary to tip bellhops, luggage handlers and taxi drivers, at your discretion.

Emergency and Safety

Toronto remains one of the safest cities in the world, and the safest largest city in North America. It has the largest municipal Emergency Medical Service in Canada, with 850 paramedics based in 41 stations across Toronto. When planning your trip it is important to be aware of the safety services available to you. Please make sure you are also aware of your embassy’s phone number and location in the event you lose your travel documents.

In an emergency of health, safety or crime – Dial 911


Canada operates on 110V, 60 cycle electric power, which is the same as in the United States. Non-North American visitors should bring a plug adapter if they wish to use their own small appliances from home (razors, hair dryers, laptops etc.). If you are visiting from countries, such as Australia, that use a higher voltage, you may encounter problems charging your rechargeable batteries. Canadian electrical goods come with either a two-prong plug, which is the same as the US or a three-prong plug; most sockets accommodate both.


Smoking is not permitted in the Congress facilities. The city of Toronto has public health regulations that prevent smoking in public buildings, on public transit and in all restaurants and lounges.

Liquor Laws

In Toronto, the legal drinking age is 19; bars and restaurants are open until 03:00am in some parts of the city. In Toronto there are stiff penalties for drinking and driving so we suggest you use public transit.