<<UML>> 2001


Airline Discount for Conference Attendees

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public.

A 5% discount off the lowest applicable fare will be offered ONLY when you or your travel agent call United's toll-free number, 1-800-521-4041 and refer to the Meeting ID Number 556AQ. A 10% discount off the unrestricted mid-week coach fares is available when purchased 7 days in advance. Discounts apply on United, Shuttle by United and United Express. Dedicated reservationists are on duty 7 days a week, 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight EST. Book early to take advantage of promotional fares that give you the greatest discount. Mileage Plus members receive full credit for all miles flown to this meeting.


- Toronto Factsheet 

Entering Canada

A passport is preferred, but is not necessary, for U.S. visitors entering Canada. U.S. citizens should have their birth certificate or citizenship certificate as well as a picture ID; permanent residents (who are not citizens) need their alien-registration card and passport.

Citizens from all countries other than the US must have a valid passport, and in some cases a visitor visa may be required.

- Visiting Canada 

- Addresses and phone numbers of Canadian Consulates 

Customs Information

Canadian customs regulations apply for all personal and business travel into Canada. For most travelers, they may clear customs with their personal goods and belongings at the airport in Toronto.

Please check your local customs regulations if you are planning on taking Canadian purchases home with you.

Air Transportation

Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and many US and international carriers provide direct flights to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from major cities in North and South America, Europe, the Orient, and the Pacific Rim.

Ground Transportation

Airport-Hotel Transportation

For those staying in downtown Toronto hotels, it is approximately 13 km (8 miles) from Lester B. Pearson International Airport. The Pacific Western Airport Express bus to downtown hotels usually operates every 20 minutes and costs CAD$12.50. The fixed-rate taxi/limo fares to downtown are about CAD$36.

Car Rental

A private car is not really necessary in the downtown Toronto area, since public transportation throughout the city is excellent. 


Money may be exchanged at a favorable rate at banks. Shops and restaurants will often accept U.S. currency, but at a less favorable exchange rate. The rate during mid 2000 has been about CAD$1.50 = USD$1.00.

- Currency Exchange Rates 

Sales Taxes and Sales Tax Rebate

Most items in Ontario, except food, are subject to both a 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and a 7% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Non-residents of Canada, however, may claim a rebate for the GST paid on accommodation and most consumer goods taken out of the country. The GST Rebate Guide for Visitors, which includes the rebate form, will be supplied in the registration package. Please ensure that you retain all your receipts so that you can claim your rebate at a Duty Free Shop as you leave the country.

           Last Update: July 21 2001