Travel and Accommodations



IMPORTANT NOTICE: Starting March 15, 2016, foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada may need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Please visit the Government of Canada page to find out if you need a visa to travel to Toronto and for application instructions:

Venue and Room Reservations

IGES 2016 will be held in Toronto, October 24-26, 2016, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.


IGES is pleased to offer special rates to all 2016 attendees. Room reservations are currently being accepted through October 3. After this date, prevailing rates will apply. Book your room today to ensure to you receive the group rates!

Single / Double Occupancy CAD 209 (~159 USD)
Triple Occupancy CAD 239 (~183 USD)
Quadruple Occupancy CAD 269 (~205 USD)

Rates do not include taxes, currently 13% (HST, Harmonized Sales Tax) and 2.66% (DMP, Destination Marketing Program Tax).

HOTEL UPDATE (8/17/16):  The IGES hotel block is selling fast!  Rooms are available beginning 24 October at our group rate; however, if you plan to arrive prior to 24 October, you should contact the hotel directly (phone 416.361.1000) to request the IGES group rate.  Please be aware that because rooms are in short supply during earlier dates (October 23 and earlier), multiple reservations will be needed, which will require you switch rooms during your stay.

Interested in room sharing at IGES 2016?

Complete this survey to indicate your roommate preference and the dates you’ll be attending the conference. A survey administrator will contact you with the names of other IGES 2016 attendees who are also interested in room sharing. Attendees will ultimately be responsible for finding a roommate and for coordinating the shared hotel reservation and expense.

IGES will not financially, legally, or otherwise be involved in the arrangement.

NEW! Quick tips on local transportation

The Sheraton Centre Hotel is in the heart of downtown Toronto, making it easy to reach from the airport by a number of transportation modes. For details about renting a car, taking a taxi/limo, using the direct train, or using public transportation:

The fare from the airport to the hotel is ~$53 CAD for a taxi or ~$58 CAD for a limo.

The UP Express train will take you to Union Station for ~$12. The Sheraton Centre hotel is ~15 min walk from Union Station, or a few subway stops. For more information:

To build a trip using alternative public transportation:

Travel Awards

With the generous support of new partners, IGES 2016 is excited to offer the following Travel Awards:

  1. Illumina Geographic Diversity Travel Awards
  2. The Fields Institute Trainee Travel Awards
  3. McLaughlin Centre Awards
  4. McGill University Department of Human Genetics Travel Awards
  5. McGill University and Genome Québec Innovation Centre Travel Awards
  6. Lady Davis Institute Travel Awards

Please visit the Travel Awards page regularly for new awards and for instructions on how to apply.

Hotel Information

The newly renovated Sheraton Centre is conveniently located in the centre of downtown Toronto and features world-class facilities and amenities.