Potential Restricting Factors
There are few potential restricting factors. The proposed venue is itself wheelchair accessible, as are numerous other buildings and services at the University of Alberta and in Edmonton (e.g., the LRT and busses). We anticipate that the majority of participants can walk from their accommodation, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. There is a transit centre (busses and the LRT) on the University of Alberta campus, with busses going to many parts of the city, including downtown and the West Edmonton Mall. Busses would therefore be an option for hotels more than 10 minutes’ walk, and we will also reserve rooms in downtown hotels near the LRT, so participants who want to stay downtown, could take a short – 15 minute – LRT ride to get to campus. Most hotels are situated near many restaurants, cafés and bars.
There are many countries where visitors need a visa to enter Canada, but these do not include the United States and most Western European countries. Foreign nationals from counties other than the USA where a visa is not required will be required to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) after March, 2016 in order to board a plane for Canada. The eTA has an online application process that takes a few minutes, costs $7 CAD, and is valid for five years. The Government of Canada website indicates that, in most cases, authorization is issued within minutes of when the online application is submitted. Here is a link to a list of countries where visas to enter Canada are required; it includes more information about the eTA.