Whether your group is arriving from within or outside Canada, you'll find all the crucial information you'll need to plan your stay, including customs and border entry, passport and visa requirements, taxes and, for non-resident planners, partial tax rebates on eligible meeting-related goods and services.
GETTING HERE AND AROUND
U.S. and international flights touch down in Toronto and Ottawa, while London, Hamilton, Windsor, Sudbury and Thunder Bay receive direct flights from major centres in Canada and the U.S. By road, vehicles can cross into Ontario at one of 14 border points.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER ENTRY
Learn about what travel documents are required to visit Ontario. If your organization is based outside of Canada and your conference or trade show will be attended by international participants, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offers a single-service window to assist organizers in the planning process of bringing their event to Canada. For information on CBSA's International Events & Convention Services Program (IECSP) visit Canada Border Services Agency.
TAXES, REBATES AND CURRENCY
Ontario has a 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) that is applied to most purchases of goods and services. Foreign-based convention and incentive travel organizers as well as non-resident exhibitors may be eligible to recover some of the tax paid on certain meeting-related goods and services. For more information on Canada's Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP) visit Canada Revenue Agency.