Toronto has two airports, Pearson International and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, with shuttle services provided by both to various downtown locations.

From mainland USA, Europe, Latin America and beyond: There are hundreds of scheduled weekly flights, including non-stop and direct flights into the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Indeed, most major airlines in the world include flights to Toronto. Air Canada and Porter Airlines also fly into and out of Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto from US destinations, including Boston, Burlington, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, New York City and Washington. .

Shuttle services are available to the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel from Pearson International. For shuttle inquiries and reservations please visit: For delegates flying into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, please visit for more information about the shuttle service that run between the airport and Union Station, about a 15 minute walk from the Sheraton.

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Visa Information

IES 2014 Toronto VISA/Travel Documents Information

The information provided here is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa to attend the conference and is not an official invitation to cover fees and/or any other expenses or financial support for obtaining a visa. CIES cannot be held responsible for travelers that do not confirm their visa requirements or obtain it. We strongly advise non-Canadian citizens, who need visas to start the application process as early as possible.

Please note that if you are an international student studying in the United States, depending on your citizenship, you may need a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) for entry into Canada.

Below, please find some relevant information and recommended links:

Submission of Applications:

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that participants visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa application for information on how to submit an application for a temporary residence visa (TRV) and the documentation required to support the application. To view a list of visa offices and the countries they serve please go to

Visa Application Centres (VACs):

In some countries Citizenship and Immigration Canada has engaged the services of a private service provider to assist individuals applying for CIC services. Visa Application Centres (VACs) agents are available to help applicants fill out their forms and answer questions about the application process. They ensure applications are complete, which reduces the rate of returned applications and ultimately leads to faster processing. This low-cost service lessens the potential for people to fall victim of fraud. The VAC sends applications to Visa offices and transmits decisions to applicants in a confidential manner. VACs play no role in the decision-making process. The use of VAC services is completely optional. Applicants can continue to apply directly to the visa office if they prefer. Participants should be encouraged to submit their visa applications through a VAC if this service is available in their country of residence. They should be invited to check their visa office website ( for information on the services available at the VAC serving their area and the costs.

Visa Applications Processing Times:

Processing time for TRVs vary depending on the office and the time of the year. Participants should be encouraged to apply early for their visa, if one is required, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents.

For your information, general processing times at the various visa offices are available at the following link For more accurate processing times, applicants should consult the website for the visa office responsible for processing their application.


Presenters requiring visa invitation letters, please log into the All Academic system and under "Submitter Menu" you may download your letter by clicking on "Download Visa Invitation Letter". Non-presenters requiring visa invitation letters must first register (with payment) for the conference and then forward the registration confirmation to with the message indicating that you require a letter. Please remember to include your full contact information.

Please be sure to include in your request for a non-presenter visa invitation letter the following information, in addition to the confirmation of registration and payment:

  • Full (given) name
  • Legal Address
  • Place/date of birth
  • Source of funding
  • Name/email (if available) of contact at the Embassy
CIES 2014 Program
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A Pre-Conference Workshop Canceled
Unlocking the Potential of Higher Education in Meeting EFA The Case of Non-traditional Partners - CANCELED
Onsite Registration
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New Pre-Conference Workshop Added:
Hosted by OISE,
"Learning from Ontario: Reaching for Equity and Excellence in Education". Keynote by Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Mary Jane Gallagher. Monday, March 10, 1pm-3pm.
Conference Timeline
Pre-conference workshops
Monday March 10
Conference Opens
Tuesday March 11-15
Regular Conference Sessions
8am - 5pm each day
Wednesday ends at 6:45
Saturday at noon
Conference Program
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