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IRSA Congress 2016 Travel Information

Travel Information

International Delegates

Air Travel

The IRSA World Congress of Rural Sociology is pleased to partner with leading Canadian airlines to offer special discounts to event delegates travelling to the congress.

Air Canada

Air Canada, the official airline for the congress, is providing varying discounts for travel within Canada and between Canada and international destinations.  Discounts are valid on air travel to Toronto with applicable travel starting on August 02, 2016 and ending on August 21, 2016.

Visit the Air Canada website for more information on discounted rates for meetings and conventions.

To book a reservation, visit Air Canada’s website and enter discount code UQPX4JB1.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Discount only applies to bookings made to Toronto.  Bookings originating in Toronto are not eligible.
  • Excludes Tango and Executive Class lowest bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.
  • Discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased.
  • The discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges.

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WestJet is pleased to provide a 10% discount off the base fare for travel between Toronto/Hamilton and anywhere WestJet flies in North America, including their Delta code-share partner network.

To book a reservation, visit WestJet’s website and enter coupon code MIPF0G0.

Terms & Conditions:

  • The 10% discount applies to all fare products, Econo, Flex, and Plus.
  • The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees, and charges are extra.
  • The discount is valid for travel from August 3, 2016 to August 21, 2016. 
  • The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with the code-share, interline, or other airline partners, with the exception of their Delta code-share network.
  • The promo code is not valid in conjunction with any other discount. WestJet’s fare rules and conditions apply.

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Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 15% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the The XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. The discounted fares are available for booking from February 9, 2016 to August 17, 2016 and available for travel:

  •  From anywhere in Canada to Toronto from August 8, 2016 to August 14, 2016.
  • From Toronto to anywhere in Canada from August 9, 2016 to August 17, 2016.                                                              

Please book online or through your travel agent using promo code XIV16.

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

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International Delegates

Those traveling from abroad should consult Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding countries for which visa restrictions apply, as well as all other pertinent information required before making any travel plans. Please note that the application process can take several months.

Billy Bishop Airport

Located downtown on the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop Airport is Canada's ninth busiest airport and welcomes more than two million travellers each year. In 2013, Billy Bishop Airport was recognized by Skytrax as one of the world's best small airports. It offers service to over 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connections to more than 80 international destinations through Porter and Air Canada. Make sure to use airport code YTZ when booking your flight to land on the Toronto Islands.

GO Transit

GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, with routes extending to communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. They carry over 65 million passengers a year.  For more information on planning your trip, schedules and fares please click here. For more information on accessibility throughout the network click here.

Toronto Coach Terminal

This terminal is the central bus station in downtown Toronto with service provided by Greyhound, Coach Canada and MegaBus. It is located at 610 Bay Street and is a 5-10 minute walk to Ryerson University. 

Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest and busiest airport, in Canada’s largest and busiest city. This architecturally stunning, completely functional and incredibly friendly airport is the hub for some 400,000 flights a year and over 38.6 million passengers annually.  Make sure to you use airport code YYZ when booking your flight into Pearson and click here for details you need to know once you’ve landed. The airport is located approximately 31 km outside of Toronto and for travel downtown please refer to the UP Express information below.

UP Express

The Union Pearson Express departs from both Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport every 15 minutes. Your journey takes just 25 minutes; it's the swiftest and most reliable way to travel from the airport to downtown Toronto.

VIA Rail / Amtrak

Canada’s national train services all parts of the country through an extensive network.  VIA Rail has partnered with Amtrak on select routes which cross the border directly into Canada. In addition to booking online, you may also purchase tickets from their overseas sales agents.  If you are not familiar with Canada, visit VIA Rail’s international travellers section to facilitate the planning of your trip.


IRSA 2016 Accommodations Information