Useful Information

For delegates coming from out of the country, you may the following information helpful as you prepare for your trip. Feel free to contact Angela at if you have additional questions!

Social Media

Q: Is there a hashtag for the conference?
A: Of course! Tweet @LabourStart or @LabourStartCanE, and tag your Tweets with #LabourStart2016.

Where’s the Entrance?

Q: How do I find the registration desk for the conference?
A: There are many entrances into the various buildings, but the most convenient entrance in order to reach the registration table can be found via Victoria Street. Please refer to the map below:

Ryerson Entrance Map

Download the map here.



Q: How much does food cost in Toronto?
A: If you’re on a budget, there are a lot of very cheap food options around the conference location in downtown Toronto. You should be able to find lunches for $7-10 and dinners for $10-15. Toronto is also the heart of an exciting food scene, so if you’ve got some extra funds to spare, you can explore this list of innovative restaurants.

Q: Are there vegetarian/halal/kosher/gluten free options available?
A: Toronto residents abide by a variety of food restrictions, so nearly all major food restrictions will be clearly indicated on menus. Nearly all restaurants carry at least one vegetarian option. Most of our shawarma/donair shops will even have a “halal” sticker on the window. If it’s ever unclear, the servers will be happy to answer your questions.

Q: What if we want to cook our own food?
A: There are a few grocery stores nearby, including a large “Metro” supermarket at Yonge & College. They carry plenty of fruit, vegetable, bread, cheese, meat, juice, and ice cream.


Weather and Clothing

We highly recommend checking the Weather Network to find the exact temperatures to help you pack clothing for the trip.

It’s currently about 15 degrees Celsius here, but we expect that the weather will warm up to around 20 degrees Celsius by the beginning of May. You’ll definitely want to bring a light jacket and long trousers, as it may get chilly in the evenings. During the day, it may be warm enough to wear a thin shirt.


Childcare Options

We have a highly recommended childcare provider who will be available during the period of the conference. She has watched over children at many different c onferences and is licenced in Canada as a unionized childcare provider.

If you require childcare during the conference, please contact Angela directly at Angela will be happy to put you in touch with the childcare provider.


Accessibility Options

The conference facility is fully wheelchair accessible; however, if you require additional accessibility support, we request that you notify us as early as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements. We’re happy to accommodate delegates of all types of accessibility needs!





Transportation in Toronto

The conference is located at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.

There are many entrances into the various buildings, but the most convenient entrance in order to reach the registration table can be found via Victoria Street. Please refer to the map below:

Ryerson Entrance Map

How to Travel to Ryerson University:
Public Transit

The cheapest method of travelling from the Toronto Pearson Airport is via our local subway system, called the TTC. It costs $3.25 per ride.

[Budget Tip: If you plan to ride the subway more than 3 times during your stay in Toronto, you may save money buy purchasing single-ride tokens, which can be purchased at any subway station.]


1. Board the 192 Rocket.
Upon arriving at the international terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport, ask local airport staff to direct you to the 192 Rocket. This is a public bus that comes every 10-15 minutes. It costs $3.25 to board. Save your ticket, as you will need it again to transfer onto the subway.

2. Ride the 192 Rocket until you reach Kipling Subway Station.
After approximately 25 minutes, you will arrive at the subway station. Do not pay additional fares, as your ticket for the 192 allows for a transfer onto the subway.

3. Ride the GREEN “Bloor-Danforth Line” eastbound until you reach the Bloor-Danforth Subway Station.
After approximately 20 minutes, you will arrive at the transfer subway station.

4. Ride the YELLOW “Yonge-University-Spadina Line” southbound until you reach Dundas Station.
If you have luggage, there are elevators available at both of these stations to help you move between levels. After approximately 7 minutes, you will arrive at Dundas Station.

5. Get off the subway at Dundas Station.
You will likely exit the subway into a large shopping mall. Follow the crowd upwards until you reach the street level. You will be within 3 minutes’ walking distance of the conference location. If you need help, most passersby will be happy to point you toward Ryerson University from here.


Going Home:

Simply take these instructions in reverse. The 192 is an express bus between Kipling and the Pearson Airport, which runs throughout the day and night.

As you are leaving Toronto, please make sure to check your departures terminal on your flight itinerary prior to boarding the 192 bus. The driver will stop once each at all three terminals.


How to Travel to Ryerson University:
Private Taxi

If you prefer to take a taxi, you can call Beck Taxi at 416.751.5555. There will also be many taxis directly available for hire at the airport.

It usually costs around $50-60 to get from the airport to downtown Toronto.