FAQs

What’s the Weather Like?
In Toronto, the weather in April can be unpredictable. Average maximum temperatures in April are around 10°C (50°F), while minimum temperatures can be around 1°C (34°F).
As for precipitation, Toronto has a short, mild spring. It usually rains about 7 days out of 30 in April.

What Should I Pack?
The best packing advice we can give is to bring versatile, all-season clothing. We suggest dressing in layers, and be sure to bring water-resistant outerwear, just in case.

What is the Symposium Attire?
We suggest smart casual attire for all symposium sessions, lunches and excursions, and standard business attire for all receptions and dinner.

Is Toronto Safe?
Generally, yes. Toronto is a very large city, yet many have commented on how safe the city is compared to large cities in the U.S. In 2015, the “Safe Cities Index”, an Economist Intelligence Unit report, ranked Toronto as the safest city in North America and the 8th safest in the world.

Of course, like any large city, Toronto does have its share of crime-related problems. But, if visitors stay in well-known neighbourhoods and near tourist areas, they should not experience any trouble. Before setting out to explore the city, it is always wise to ask the hotel staff whether there are any problems areas that ought to be avoided. When walking, we suggest avoiding carrying visible maps or tourist guides, which could possibly attract unwanted attention. That said, Toronto’s downtown area is generally bright, well-populated and quite safe at all times, day and night.

What if I Need Medical Attention?
For standard health concerns, guests are never far from a pharmacy. Shoppers Drug Mart, a major pharmacy chain, is located within 100 metres from the Omni King Edward Hotel. Toronto also boasts many world-class hospitals. St. Michael’s Hospital is within walking distance of the hotel.

What Number do I Dial in Case of Emergency?
Police – Fire – Ambulance: 911

How is the Public Transit?
The Toronto Transit Commission (the “TTC”) operates street cars, buses and the city’s subway system. Most major streets are serviced. A single cash fare is CAD$3.25, including transfers. Otherwise, Toronto has a large fleet of taxis and limousines. Uber also operates in Toronto.

How do I get to Toronto?
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Airport code: YYZ) is Canada’s busiest airport and one of the 20 busiest airports in the world. It serves over 30,000,000 passengers a year, on more than 400,000 flights.

Around 60 airlines fly into and out of Toronto-Pearson International Airport. Air Canada (with its regional carrier, Air Canada Jazz) flies the most frequently, followed by United, Continental, American, TAM Linhas, and WestJet. There is an excellent chance that visitors will find a direct flight from their home city to Toronto.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is located 27 kilometers (17 miles) from downtown Toronto. Average cost from the airport to downtown are mandated flat rates ranging from $55 to $65 for a licensed operator. Uber is not authorized to pick up passengers at the airport although they can drop off. An economical choice is to take the fast and convenient Union Pearson Express, a high-speed train that departs every 15 minutes, both ways, for $12 (one-way). The UP Express departs from Terminal 1 and arrives downtown at Union Station 25 minutes later.

Toronto’s second airport is the Toronto Billy Bishop Airport. Located downtown on the Toronto Islands, the airport (Airport code: YTZ) is serviced by two airlines: Porter Airlines (offering regional flights to destinations in Canada and the USA) and Air Canada (offering flights to Montreal only).

A short underground walkway connects the island terminal with the mainland.

Once on the mainland there are generally two transportation options. A free shuttle operates between the terminal (city side) and the south side of Front Street, west of York Street (near Union Station). Otherwise, taxis are readily available and take less than 10 minutes to deliver guests to their downtown hotels for around CAD$8 to $12.

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