CALACS Congress

Transportation in Toronto



From the Airport

Toronto is served by two airports:

  1. Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent.
  2. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world as it is located just minutes from the downtown core. Porter Airlines and Air Canada serve this airport.

Take the UP Express (Union-Pearson Express), a dedicated express rail service connecting Union Station and Toronto Pearson airport, departing every 15 minutes. UP gets you downtown in 25 minutes with free on-board WiFi along the way. Go to UP Express to find out more. The fare is up to $12.35 depending on destination and type of pass. Be sure to buy a PRESTO Card (info below) for a deep discount.


From Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, you can board in the Queens Quay Loop at Lower Spadina one of two streetcars to reach your destination:

  • the 510 Streetcar to Spadina Station or
  • the 509 Streetcar to Union Station

By train

VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors into Toronto’s Union Station, which is centrally located downtown and connects to the subway by underground tunnel.




Public transit

The city is served by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). With easy-to-navigate subways, buses and streetcars, getting around the city is a snap. The fare is $3.25 for an adult and children under 12 ride for free. If you are planning to use public transit, be sure to purchase a PRESTO card, an easy-to-use reloadable payment card that lets you pay your fare on the TTC and UP Express eliminating the need for tickets, tokens, passes and cash. If using PRESTO, you have a two-hour window from first tap for unlimited transfers on the TTC.

As the University of Toronto is centrally located, we strongly recommend the use of public transit to reach the congress.


Driving around town

  • Toronto’s streets follow a basic grid pattern and are easy to navigate.
  • Speed limit signs are posted on each street.
  • Note that the city’s weekday “rush hour” is more than an hour long—count on heavy traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Plenty of Toronto’s major streets have bicycle lanes nearest the curb. Please respect cyclists in the city!



Parking on most downtown streets is limited to specific times of day, and often requires you to purchase and display a ticket from one of the parking machines located along the street. Be sure to check and obey the signs posted along the street to make sure your vehicle doesn’t get ticketed or, worse, towed away. There are also a variety of public parking lots throughout the city. City-owned lots are indicated by the ‘Green P’ logo—a large ‘P’ in a green circle. Plan in advance using Green P’s parking locator to find the nearest lot.



Bike Share Toronto offers 24/7 convenient access to 6,850 bikes and 625 stations across 200 km2 of the city. Bike share is a fun, flexible and cost-effective way to navigate Toronto in 30-minute bursts.


Hail a Taxi, Uber or Lyft

There are several different taxi companies in Toronto. Ride sharing services Uber and Lyft are available in the city too.

  • Taxi fares are standard, metered and non-negotiable
  • The driver should start the meter at the beginning of your ride and stop it when you reach your destination
  • If your service was acceptable, a 10% to 15% tip is customary.



New College is located at 40 Willcocks St. The TTC routes closest to this address are:

  • 510 Streetcar: Spadina Avenue at Willcocks stop
  • 94 Bus: Harbord Street at Spadina stop
  • 306 Bus: College Street at Spadina
  • Spadina Subway stop on Line 1 and 2

Code of Professional Conduct at Officially Sanctioned Activities of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS)


Approved by CALACS Board of Directors 23 July, 2021.

 For CALACS Congress:

CALACS convenes an annual congress and other officially sanctioned events for the purposes of professional development, scholarly and educational interchange in the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, and the expansion of information on and interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Harassment of colleagues, students, fellow participants, or staff at these events undermines the principle of equity at the heart of these professional forums. They are also inconsistent with principles of free inquiry and free expression and detrimental to the maintenance of an inclusive, vibrant, and engaged intellectual community. Discriminatory behaviours including racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, ageist actions have no place in CALACS events and are considered to be serious forms of professional misconduct. As in all things, CALACS relies upon the respect, good will, and flexibility of members and participants. Principles of fairness, equity, and solidarity are keys to the success of our annual conference and will continue to guide our organization in the present and future. 

We encourage you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or complaints via the following link:





Tartu College – Student Residence.


310 Bloor Street W.

For Summer 2022:

  • Standard single - $70/night (add one time fee $20 for linens)
  • Climate Control Room - $80/night (add $20 week)

Victoria’s Mansion Guest House


68 Gloucester St. (Church St. Village)

(2 stars hotel, 4.1 rating) 

  • $129/night

Samesun Toronto


280 Augusta Ave. (Kensinton Market Area)

(Hostel, + 3.7 rating) 

  • $77/night

Kimpton Saint George Hotel

280 Bloor St. West

(4 star hotel, 4.5 rating)

  • $275/night

Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel Toronto

220 Bloor St. W

(4 star, 4.4 rating) 

  • $325/night

Avalon Suites Toronto Yorkville


155 Yorkville Avenue

(4 star, 4.1 rating)

  • $353/night

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

108 Chestnut St,

(4 star hotel, 4.1 rating)

  • $277/night

The above information is shared in good faith to help attendees find accommodations and services for their stay in Toronto during the 2022 CALACS Congress. The University of Toronto and its academic units involved herein, the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Organizing Committee of the 2022 Congress, are in no way sponsored or associated with any of the abovementioned external vendors; therefore, they will not be liable whatsoever for any damages resulting in the use of this information.


In order to visit Canada, you must have a valid passport, while citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). To find out if you need a visa or an ETA, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Depending on your citizenship, you should allow approximately between 30 to 85 days for a visa delivery. Participants who need an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa will be able to request it through the abstract submission page. It is important to note that the letter does not constitute any financial commitment on behalf of the Organizing Committee or CALACS.

Conference Funding

Student Travel Funding: