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International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP)

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If you are a convention, meeting or event planner, trade show organizer, or if you are involved in promoting Canada as a destination for a concert, art show or exhibition, this information will be of special interest to you.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), together with the help of other government departments and agencies, has designed the International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP) to assist you in the planning process of your event being held in Canada.

By using this CBSA service early in your planning process, you will be aware of any Canadian border-related requirements for your event.

The IECSP coordinator is able to access a vast network of Government of Canada agencies and departments on your behalf, and has the expertise to advise you on what you need to know about bringing your type of event to Canada, including information on:

  • the Letter of Recognition - a letter of introduction, issued by the IECSP coordinator, which you may present to the CBSA upon your arrival in Canada to facilitate the entry process;
  • border-related requirements, exemptions and services that may apply to your specific event;
  • moving your goods from the Canadian border to your specific event;
  • non-Canadians working in Canada;
  • visitor visa requirements for persons from countries that require a visa to visit Canada;
  • duties and taxes;
  • Canada's goods and services tax (GST) or harmonized sales tax (HST); and security deposits.

For further details contact one of our IECSP coordinators (provided in this brochure). They are available to answer your questions and provide advice.

More information

Copies of publications may be obtained at most CBSA offices across the country or by contacting our Forms and Publications Distribution Centre toll-free (within Canada and the United States) at 1-800-959-2221. You may also visit our Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.

IECSP Coordinators

Atlantic - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

1969 Upper Water Street
Purdy's Tower II, 3rd Floor
Halifax NS  B3J 3R7
Telephone: 902-426-7340
Fax: 902-426-1347

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_HFX@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Quebec

130 rue Dalhousie
Ville de Québec QC G1K 4C4
Telephone: 418-648-3881
Facsimile: 418-649-6259

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_QC@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

400 Place d'Youville, Long Room
Montréal QC H2Y 2C2
Telephone: 514-283-2949
Fax: 514-283-0384

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_MTL@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Northern Ontario, Nunavut and the National Capital Region

140 Thad Johnson Road
Ottawa ON K1V 0R4
Telephone: 613-991-1427
Fax: 613-957-8911

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_OTT@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Southern Ontario - Greater Toronto, Niagara/Fort Erie, Windsor/St. Clair

1980 Matheson Blvd. E.
P. O. Box 7000, Station “A”
Mississauga ON L5A 3A4
Telephone: 905-803-5261
Fax: 905-803-5388

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_GTA@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Prairies - Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northwest Territories

269 Main Street, Room 100,
Victory Building
Winnipeg MB R3C 1B3
Telephone: 204-983-3664
Facsimile: 204-983-6635

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_WPG@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Pacific - British Columbia and Yukon

333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver BC V6B 5R4
Telephone: 604-666-1294
Cellular: 604-834-6404
Fax: 604-666-4470

Email: IECSP-PSEIC_VAN@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

National Coordinator

191 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1A 0L8
Telephone: 613-946-0237
Cellular: 613-797-1065
Fax: 613-998-5584

Email: IECSP-PSEIC@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca