Voltage & Power Plugs
In Canada, the voltage is 120V 60Hz. Power points and plugs look like this.
Check your electronic devices to see what voltage they run on. You may need:
- A plug adapter
- A voltage converter.
Mobile Phones & SIM Cards
The cheapest option is to bring your mobile phone and buy a SIM card and pre-paid phone plan.
These are available at all Canadian airports; however, if you look around you may find better deals.
Some Canadian providers are:
Greystone College has water coolers with filtered water. Bring your own water bottle so you can refill it at the College. It is safe to drink water from a faucet in Canada.
Greystone College offers free WiFi throughout the college. There are also free WiFi hot spots throughout many coffee shops, restaurants and subway stations.
The college WiFi login details are displayed on posters around the campus.
Canada's climate is hot and humid in summer, and relatively cold in winter:
- June to August is the Summer season, temperatures are usually between 20°C to 35°C.
- September to November is the Fall season, temperatures are usually between 0°C to 15°C.
- December to February is the Winter season temperatures are usually between -22°C to 15°C (occasional snow fall).
- March to May is the Spring season, temperatures are usually between -10°C to 15°C.
Tipping & Taxes
In Canada, between 10% to 20% tipping is expected in restaurants, bars, taxi's, hotels or other service industries.
15% is recommended.
Most goods in Canada are subject to a 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). In Québec, most goods are subject to a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and 9.975% Québec Sales Tax (QST). Prices listed do not include tax; therefore, you will need to pay more than
the advertised price.