4 Things to Consider Before Meeting in Canada

By Erin Caslavka Deinzer, March 7, 2017

Health and Medical

Most people should know to bring their medications and prescriptions (in their original containers), as well as their personal health insurance cards, with them when they travel. But what if disaster strikes?

Most Canadian hospitals are publicly managed with predetermined costs for services. Care for nonresidents is charged at a daily rate and varies depending on province and city. For emergencies, as in America, dial 911. Planners might also want to provide information about obtaining supplemental travel health insurance before their attendees leave home.

Currency and Money

The Canadian currency system uses dollars and cents, but also includes $1 and $2 coins. Many hotels and stores near the U.S. border will accept American currency (only paper, though), but change will most likely be given in Canadian money.

There is a “goods and services tax” charged throughout the country, and in some provinces an additional “harmonized sales tax” is also added. However, to encourage business, the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program was designed to attract conventions and tour groups. Under the program, event organizers can recoup some of those taxes via a rebate.

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