FAQ 2018-02-14T19:18:38+00:00

The 2018 Toronto Interact International Convention will be held at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus at 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3 on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

There is no dress code strictly enforced for the Interact International Convention, the Rotaract Preconvention, or Rotary International Convention. For the Interact International Convention, we recommend wearing your favorite Interact apparel. Dress comfortably but appropriately. If you go on to attend the Rotary International Convention or the Rotaract Preconvention, then smart casual might be a good idea while indoors in the convention halls. For first-time Rotary Convention goers, keep in mind that at a convention with over 25,000 people registered, you’re going to be making a lot of first impressions. Typically, at the past Rotary International Conventions, we have seen about a third of the Rotarians who attend the convention in business suits or dress shirts during the Rotary Convention days (Sunday-Wednesday), and everyone else is in Rotary apparel or casual clothes. For the Rotaract Preconvention, you’ll see attendees from dress clothes to t-shirts/shorts. In general, it’s a good time to just bring any Rotaract apparel you might have to show-off your local club or district pride. Please keep in mind that the temperature in Toronto in June typically ranges from 27 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius with high humidity. There will likely be strong air conditioning while you are indoors at the convention centre, but it will be most likely very hot outside after you leave the convention centre.

Yes, registration includes a personal lunch. Please indicate any food allergies in your registration.

The 2018 Toronto Interact International Convention is hosted by Rotary District 7070 in collaboration with an international team of Interactors, Rotaractors, and Rotarians who have been working for months to put together this event. This event is not an official Rotary International event, nor is it supported by Rotary headquarters. If you have any concerns or questions, please direct them to our team at info@interactconvention.org

All parents/guardians and adults are responsible for making sure that any minors traveling to Toronto have an adult chaperone with them at all times. We do not provide adult chaperones. This is something that you will need to arrange on your own. We will, however, have adult chaperones and supervisors on-site during the Interact International Convention from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Hart House. An adult chaperone must arrive to Hart House no later than 4:30 PM on June 21, 2018 to pick up any minors under the age of 18. There will be no adult chaperones provided for the dormitories; minors are expected to arrange for adult chaperones for their entire trip, including for their dormitory stay. Our team is not directly involved with the housing situation at the dormitory or any where else. We only put on the Interact International Convention on June 21, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Rotaract Preconvention will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Rotary International Convention opening and closing ceremonies, along with all of the general sessions will be held at the Air Canada Centre.

If you have a My Rotary account, you can register online for the Rotaract Preconvention and the Rotary International Convention at www.riconvention.org. If you only plan to register for the Rotaract Preconvention, you must contact Rotary registration staff via email at ri.registration@rotary.org.

The Rotaract Preconvention registration costs $100 USD.

The Rotary International Convention has various fees for Rotaractors*, depending on when you register:

June 15th – December 15th, 2017: $70 USD
December 16th, 2017 – March 31st, 2018: $100 USD
April 1st – June 27th, 2018: $130 USD

If you encounter an issue while trying to register online, it may be because your account has not been affiliated with the “Rotaractor” status. You will need to email ri.registration@rotary.org for assistance for your registration. Alternatively, you can also register on-site when you arrive in Toronto.

*fees for Rotarians can be found here

The official programs for both the Rotaract Preconvention and Rotary International Convention will not be available until early 2018. At the moment, you can view an outline of what the program will contain on the Rotary Convention site.

The majority of the Rotaract Preconvention and Rotary International Convention experiences are open to Rotaractors, but require proper registration. If you are registered for the Rotary International Convention, you will have access to the House of Friendship as well as all of the general sessions and breakout sessions from Sunday, June 24th through Wednesday, June 27th. You will pick up your Convention Badge at registration when you arrive, and MUST WEAR the Convention Badge to gain access to the facilities. If you are only registered for the Rotaract Preconvention, you will have access to the Rotaract Preconvention happening Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd. In addition to the main Convention and Rotaract Preconvention sessions, there are a number of different optional social events and host events put on by both the Rotary Host Organizing Committee and the Rotaract Host Organizing Committee (that’s us!). Almost all of these events are ticketed events and require you to register and pay a fee for them.

We recommend that attendees strongly consider staying somewhere in downtown Toronto to maximize their convenience, as the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (breakout sessions and the House of Friendship) and the Air Canada Centre (general sessions) are located in downtown Toronto. Staying somewhere within walking distance (20-minute walk or less) of the Convention Centre will make it easier for you to be able to drop items off in your room (you get lots of goodies at the convention), easily change outfits and refresh yourself, easily get to and from the convention centre and be seamlessly connected to local transit. You can stay in hotels or rent apartments from sites such as Airbnb, or use one of the alternative housing options we have organized*.

Rotary also negotiates with hotels for the guaranteed lowest nightly rate for June 23rd to 27th, including applicable taxes and fees. You can book a hotel room through the official Rotary housing partner here.

*Details to be confirmed

There are hostels in downtown Toronto that are well-located relative to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Air Canada Centre.

We have also secured a block of rooms at Victoria University at the University of Toronto. You can find more details about these rooms on the Housing page.

We encourage you to confirm whether or not you need a travel visa to come to Canada for the RI Convention, which you can do here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.

Additional visa information can be found on the RI Convention 2018 website: http://www.riconvention.org/en/toronto/visa-information-toronto.

Using public transit provides you with multiple options to get to downtown Toronto. You can take the UP Express from Pearson Airport to Union Station in 25 minutes. This option includes luggage racks and wifi. One-way standard tickets cost $12.35 CAD. If you have a PRESTO card, the one-way ticket cost is $9.25 CAD. You can purchase a PRESTO card at Pearson Airport’s UP Express station through a vending machine, or you can purchase once in downtown Toronto from Union Station. PRESTO card purchase involves a non-refundable $6 charge, but it is worthwhile if you plan on taking public transit while in the city, as you can load money onto your card and simply tap it on public transit to pay! It is recommended that you have some cash on hand in the event that a PRESTO paying option is not available.

If you know someone coming to Pearson Airport to greet you who is taking UP Express, you can let them know that there is a Meeter and Greeter Return ticket price option of $12.35 CAD round-trip.

An alternative public transit option is to take the TTC from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto, which costs $3.25 CAD for the entire journey. If you purchase a PRESTO card as referenced above, the TTC fare is $3.00 per journey. You could consider purchasing tokens instead, or a weekly pass if you think you will be taking the TTC often while in the city.

One of the TTC options is the 192 Airport Rocket, which takes approximately 20-25 minutes to travel from Pearson Airport to Kipling Station (obtain proof of payment before getting off, in case it is needed). From Kipling Station, you would take the Line 2 Bloor-Danforth subway heading to St. George Station, and then transfer subways to travel southbound on the Line 1 Yonge-University subway to get downtown. You may not need this last transfer if you are staying at the University of Toronto. There are alternative TTC routes available, as well.

Other options to travel to downtown Toronto include a taxi or Uber. If you’re travelling from the Greater Toronto Area, GO Transit or the TTC subway are great options.

If you’re staying at a hotel, you might also want to check with the hotel to see if they offer any shuttle options.

Details will be provided closer to the date.

The major Canadian cellular phone service carriers are: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Fido, and Wind. We are looking into the possibility of securing a discount for phone plans for RI Convention attendees, and will provide updates here when the information is available.

Google Maps and Apple Maps are all excellent map apps that will work in Toronto. If you do not have cellular data, you may consider looking for nearby free Wi-Fi locations. Many coffee shops and cafes will provide free Wi-Fi for patrons who purchase a coffee. There are also many Starbucks and Tim Hortons locations around Toronto, and each of these locations have free Wi-Fi available regardless of if you purchase any item or not.

In Canada, the pricing on restaurant menus and at other stores do not include taxes. The harmonized sales tax in Toronto is 13%. Some items will receive a lower tax rate, such as certain goods purchased at a grocery store. The tax is added to the end of your receipt, and sometimes catches visitors from outside of the country off-guard. In addition to the sales tax, when you dine-in at a restaurant, it is customary to provide an additional 15% to 20% tip. Sometimes restaurants will have the suggested tip printed out for you on the receipt. (And yes, it’s customary to tip even if the service wasn’t that great.) When you dine in large parties at restaurants, sometimes restaurants will automatically include a mandatory tip (often 20%) to your bill. Be sure to read your bill carefully to make sure you are not double tipping (unless you want to!).

We are looking into seeing if we can receive a discount code for Uber – stay tuned for updates!

For all life-threatening emergencies or medical emergencies, please dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone or any nearby phone to contact local emergency services.

We encourage you to ensure that you have travel medical insurance before leaving your country of origin, and to have the travel insurance information with you while in Canada.

If you have a non-life-threatening but urgent problem, our Rotaract Host Committee Support Team will be available June 21stthrough June 27th over social media. Support usernames and channels will be announced closer to the date.

You may also, at any time, consider crowdsourcing your issue by posting in our official Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1708278826141012/

The official hashtags for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are #Rotaract18 and #Rotary18.

We can try to help answer your question as best as we can! Email us at info@rotaract18.org or alternatively consider posting your question in our official Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1708278826141012/.