While Canada has two official languages French
and English English is the predominant language
in the west. Multilingual staff are commonly found in
major tourism and business facilities.
Canada has a currency system based on dollars and cents,
with a dollar being comprised of 100 cents. Currency
exchange services are available at points of entry and
throughout the city at financial institutions; in addition,
U.S. currency is accepted at most places in the Vancouver
Electricity in Canada is 110 volt AC (alternating current),
as in the United States.
A Provincial sales tax of 7% is applicable to most purchases;
however, goods purchased by a visitor and shipped directly
to their home outside of the province are exempt. An
additional 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is also applied
to most goods and services, but is rebated for many
items to visitors and non-resident meeting planners.
Accommodation in the Vancouver area is taxed at 17%,
with 7% rebatable to non-residents. Download the GST
pdf file for more details on the rebate process.
Customs Entry Requirements:
U.S. citizens and permanent residents require a birth
or baptismal certificate together with picture identification,
a resident alien card, a green card or passport to enter
Canada. All other international travelers require valid
passports and some will require visas.
Canada Customs has formed a special Conventions and
Exhibitions Unit to facilitate trans-border movements
associated with the meetings industry, Download the
Canada Customs pdf file for more details.
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