Travel & Visas

Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest airport in Canada. As the 30th busiest airport in the world, Toronto Pearson offers optimal transportation connections globally. More than 30 airlines from 180+ destinations have flights into Toronto.

For more information about Toronto Pearson International, we invite you to visit the website at https://www.torontopearson.com. 

 

Travel to the city

Multiple options are available for travel into Toronto from the airport, including trains, taxi or bus.

For more information about the various transportation options, we invite you to visit the Toronto Pearson transportation website at https://www.torontopearson.com/en/transportation-and-parking. 

 

Car Rental

Cars can be rented in Toronto from local or international companies. Average cost per day for a medium-sized car is CAD $95. All cars are left-hand drive.

Getting Around Toronto

Public transportation is a great way to see the city, and is recommended for travelling and discovering the city.  The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Toronto’s public transportation network, consist of bus routes, subways and streetcars, and makes the city accessible and easy to navigate!

The subway consists of four different lines, with the two main lines being the Yellow Line (Yonge-University) and the Green Line (Bloor-Danforth). The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is conveniently located along the Yellow Line, exit at the Union Station for the closets proximity to the convention centre. Please review the Subway and Streetcar Map for further information on stops. The subway runs every few minutes from 6:00 am to 1:30 am. The subway is the fastest way to get around Toronto, but it is not as extensive as the above ground transportation which includes streetcars and bus routes. When travelling by streetcar, routes 509 and 510A is recommended if you are going to the convention centre. They both stop at the Union Station. The buses and streetcars run from 6:00 am until 1:00 am.

Toronto has an extensive Blue Night Network which runs throughout the night and consist of bus routes and streetcars. Please review the TTC Blue Night Network Map fur further information on routes and stops overnight.

There are a number of different taxi companies in Toronto. Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are available in the city as well.

Visa Information

Entry requirements

Visas are required for many nationalities to enter Canada, as are passports. Some nationalities may qualify for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Find out if you qualify or if you need a visa to enter Canada here.  More information about visitor visas and travelling to Canada can be found here.

Please note due to the COVID-19 situation, many embassies and consulates have indicated longer processing times.  Please ensure you review the requirements and timing.

Letter of Invitation for Visa Purposes

An official Letter of Invitation to obtain a Visa and authorization to attend the 44th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2022) will be issued ONLY after registration has been completed and full payment received by the Conference Secretariat. Please contact the Conference Secretariat to request for an official Letter of Invitation.

You may be asked for proof that you are attending a meeting or convention and it may be useful to have a copy of the meeting agenda and/or registration on hand. This may also be useful when returning to the U.S. should a similar question be asked.

Submission of Applications

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing their visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.

Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year.  Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.

 

 

The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.