Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for acquiring the appropriate visas or authorization to visit Canada. We regret that we cannot offer personal travel assistance or advice in securing the appropriate Canadian visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (ETA), since the process differs widely from country to country. For more information and guidance, please consult the Government of Canada’s official website and to contact your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate for specific instructions as early as possible. Participants may wish to employ a professional travel agent for this purpose.

SPECIAL NOTE: We have recently come to know that due to an increase in visa applications at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, there may now be long delays in processing visitor visas. As this may impact our delegates from India, Nepal, and other countries of South and Southeast Asia, we will offer EARLY NOTIFICATION of acceptance of paper proposals from such participants who might need extra time for visa processing. These participants will be informed of their proposal adjudication in November 2017. If your paper is accepted, we will then ask you for specific passport details through the conference registration portal, so that we may prepare a formal letter of confirmation to assist in your visa application. Please alert the WSC Secretariat if you encounter difficulties in this matter.

Koerner Library, UBC Clocktower, and Museum of Anthropology
Photo Credit: UBC Hover Collective


We recognize that travel to Vancouver can be costly, particularly for those coming from South or Southeast Asia. The Organizing Committee is making every effort to keep the conference affordable. However, we regret that at this time, the WSC cannot offer travel assistance, due to budgetary limitations. Participants should seek travel assistance, grants, or bursaries from their home institutions, or from governmental or international granting agencies.

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