We are excited to welcome you to Toronto for the 2021 International Confederation of Principals Convention! This page provides information to help you get acquainted with our city and provides helpful travel information.
Toronto is the capital city of Ontario, with a population of almost 3 million people. Ontario is one of 10 provinces and three territories that make up Canada. While we have a very big country geographically, our population is only 37 million people.
There are close to 5,000 public schools in Ontario operating under the English public, English Catholic, French public and French Catholic systems. Enrollment is about 2 million students, who start at 4 years of age in Junior Kindergarten and graduate after grade 12, typically at age 18.
There are three provincial associations that represent the principals and vice-principals in our public schools. The Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) has about 5,400 Members in our English public schools. The Catholic Principals’ Council | Ontario (CPCO) has about 2,200 associates in the English Catholic schools. ADFO represents about 600 school leaders in the French Catholic and public schools.
To avoid any problems when you arrive in Canada, double-check that you have a valid passport. Canada now enforces a passport validity rule. Your passport must be valid for three months after your departure date. Always check before travel as these guidelines are subject to change.
Most travelers coming to Canada will require a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization to visit. To find out if you have travel document requirements, visit the Government of Canada website and use the find out if you need a visa tool. Travelers are urged to begin the visa process as early as possible to avoid any possible processing delays.
After registering, if you require an invitation letter to support the visa process, please fill out the invitation request form and an event representative will be in touch with you.
Embassies and Consulates
In preparation for your trip, we recommend you make note of the contact information for your country’s embassy and/or consulate office in Canada. It is important to be aware of this contact information should you need to re-issue your travel documents if they become lost, or if you require specific advice (health, safety, etc.). Each diplomatic mission generally has an emergency number.
Convention Language & Communication
Although you will hear a lot of languages spoken around Toronto, English will be the main working language of the convention. English and French are the national languages in Canada, although English is widely used within the southern part of Ontario.
Currency & Tipping
Our currency is the Canadian dollar. We use coins for money up to five dollars. Our one-dollar coin is affectionately known here as the looine and our two-dollar coin as a toonie. You can check here to convert your currency into Canadian dollars. In restaurants where a service charge is not included, a tip of 15% is generally appropriate. Tipping taxi drivers or leaving the change is appreciated, but not mandatory.
The weather in August is usually warm and sunny. By mid-August, it can get a little cooler in the evenings so bring a light sweater or jacket. As we get closer to the conference, you can check with the Weather Network for the expected forecast. Canada is on the metric system so we track weather in Celsius. And since hotels and restaurants, including the Convention Centre, use air conditioning, we suggest you have a light sweater for the conference as well.
Toronto has a municipal government with a Mayor and City Councillors. Toronto is also home to Queen’s Park, the seat of our Provincial Parliament. The leader of the province is the Premier. There are also 123 other Members of Provincial Parliament that make up the Legislature. Canada is governed by an elected Prime Minister. There are also 337 other Members of Parliament representing ridings across Canada. Our federal Parliament is in Ottawa, about a five-hour drive from Toronto.
It is recommended that you check with your cell phone provider before travelling to ensure you can access your device while in Toronto if needed.