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The Canadian dollar (CAD) is the currency of Canada. Some merchants and restaurants accept USD or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions. It is recommended all visitors use the Canadian currency.

Most major credit cards are accepted. The most commonly accepted cards are Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Passports and Visas

U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents: The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) highly advises all U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. to carry a valid passport for entry to Canada.

International Visitors: The Government of Canada requires that all international visitors carry a valid passport to enter Canada. In addition to your passport, you may also require a visa. For current entry requirements, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency site. Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. It is recommended that you apply early for your visa.

Letter of Invitation: ISSVA is able to provide participants with a Letter of Invitation and any course-related documentation needed to assist in obtaining a visa. Please note that ISSVA is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each participant to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the ISSVA organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the meeting are the sole responsibility of the attendee. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will receive a visa. The decision to grant visas is at the sole discretion of the embassy/consulate. The meeting organizers cannot change the decision of the governmental agency should your application be denied.

Time Zone

Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone.


The average daily low and high temperatures in May are 49° - 65° F (9° - 18° C)


Vancouver operates on 110v (same as the United States). For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Tips / Gratuities

When dining out at restaurants, visitors should be advised that the standard tip/gratuity for good service is between 15 and 20 percent. If you are dining in a group of eight or more people, it’s standard for a restaurant to automatically add a gratuity of 18 percent to your bill.