Further useful information

Currency/ credit cards

The official currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Coin denominations are 5, 10, 25 cents, 1 and 2 dollars (the 1 cent coin has recently gone out of circulation), with banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and $100. Use the daily currency converter to calculate  the accurate exchange rate. Debit cards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs (between a $2 and $5 fee). Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants across Canada. It is advisable to carry an identity card or another form of identification and to inform your bank or credit card company that you will use your card abroad.

Cashpoints/ banking

The nearest cashpoint (ATM) to the venue is at Côte-Ste-Catherine building (Louis-Colin entrance in the cafeteria/ atrium on the Rez-de-Jardin level). Banks are open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Most banks open later on Thursdays.


The electrical current in Canada operates at 110 volts (60 Hz), rather than 220 volts (50 Hz) as in Europe, and uses type A (two-pins) and B (three-pins) plugs. Appliances designed to operate on 220 volts need a voltage converter (about 30 €) and/or a plug adapter (about 4 €) which you can usally buy at the airport, or retailers such as Canadian Tire, Rona or Réno Dépôt.

 Plugs in Canada

Prises électriques Canada, Amérique du Nord (type A et B)

Adaptateur de prise électrique pour le Canada Adapter | Converter Convertisseur de tension/courant électrique pour le Canada



The emergency phone number for police, ambulance and fire services in Canada is 911.

Lost and found

A lost and found service is avaiblable at the security office located in the HEC Montreal Côte-Ste-Catherine building (RC level, Côte-Ste-Catherine entrance)


In bars and restaurants, tips are usually not included.  Because tip-workers are taxed on their potential tip income relative to their sales, it is expected that you tip between 10 and 15% of the bill (waiters, taxi drivers, tour guides, etc.).  Regular tips for porters, valets or hotel maids are between 1 and 2 $.


Tap water is safe to drink.

Weather in July

Temperature in July varies between 15°C (low) to 26°C (high). See current weather conditions and forecast.

Other useful links

Tourisme Montréal: things to do, packages, travel Information, restaurants, etc.


Ville de Montréal: activities and recreation



Official tourist site of the government of Québec



Festivals in Montréal


Old Montréal: activities, practical information, photo gallery


Old Port of Montréal: activities and programming, cruises and tours, restaurants, terraces and shops, etc.


Welcome to downtown Montréal: activities, restaurants, shopping, hotels


Québec Get-aways: Directory of attractions


Montreal public transportation system: metro, bus, etc.


Montréal en 12 lieux: 12 places in Montréal [in French]


Air Canada