General Information


E-abstracts can be accessed on the conference app or the CPS conference website about 2 weeks before the conference.

Benefit from the 'Show your badge' program

CPS conference delegates get special discounts from participating member businesses. Note: Some offers require booking in person at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre, Plaza Level – 200 Burrard Street. A list of participants will be available in January 2017.


Warmed by the Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver’s weather in late May averages around 20°C (70°F). Check for updates and bring layers that you can put on and take off easily, including a raincoat.

Conference mobile app

View and search the CPS conference program, access speaker handouts or find information on presenters and exhibitors using the conference mobile app. Available in Apple iOS, Android and HTML5 versions, the app will launch at the beginning of April. Registered attendees will receive an email with a link to download the app once available.

Cyber Lounge

You'll find convenient locations at the trade show and in the registration area where you can charge your phone or tablet in a comfortable setting.

Dietary restrictions

Delegates with dietary restrictions must indicate them when registering online to receive a special meal ticket for functions where food is available. Personal dietary requirements cannot be met without this meal ticket. Just show it to your server to obtain a personalized meal.

The CPS works closely with convention staff to provide safe and delicious meals for all participants. However, we cannot guarantee that menu items are free of trace amounts of allergens or any other ingredient.

e-Poster presentations

E-poster presentations of select abstracts are offered on Thursday, June 1st during the luncheon in the exhibit hall. Presenters will answer Q&A with moderators and with conference participants. Six posters are preselected for quality of research, clinical practice and policy, during a 30-minute presentation at one of two e-poster stations in the exhibit hall.

Hotel family care

To arrange for family care service, contact the concierge at your respective hotel.

List of restaurants

The CPS has a list of restaurants in Vancouver of great places to eat.

Meeting attire

Dress for the Annual Conference is business casual. Have a light jacket or sweater with you at all times, as meeting room temperatures can vary.

Mentorship program

Are you a hungry learner? Or good at finding and sharing those critical teaching moments? Be part of a whole new learning initiative. Consider registering as a 'mentor' or 'mentee'. Just answer a few questions online so we can match you with an appropriate guide or learner for ongoing CPD and experience-sharing. You'll 'meet your match' at this year's conference and receive a name, contact information and a resource guide beforehand to help coordinate areas of interest and meeting schedules.


  • Supportive networking
  • A personal resource of information and encouragement
  • A way to channel experience, insider knowledge and practical skills
  • Relationship-building beyond the usual conference parameters

Online only Conference Guide/Program at-a-Glance

There is no printed program available on site this year, but the Conference Guide and Program at-a-Glance will be fully downloadable in print-friendly formats at the CPS conference website about 2 weeks before the conference starts. The Conference Guide includes general information, the conference schedule, room assignments and a complete exhibit hall listing.

Pre-register for sessions

Because space is limited, pre-registration is required for all workshops. Be sure to indicate your session preferences when you register. Sessions are seated on first-come, first-served basis, and knowing in advance which ones are popular helps us to allocate an appropriate meeting room.

Scent-free request

Not everyone is comfortable near cologne or perfume. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

Social media

Follow the CPS on Facebook and Twitter to get meeting news, updates and reminders in real-time. Use the hashtag #CPS2017 to join the conversation!

Special needs

The CPS tries to ensure that all educational and social events are fully accessible. If you have any special needs or requests, contact the CPS Education Department before the conference at 613-526-9397, ext. 248, or bring them to the attention of registration staff during the event.


A 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies to many items, and an additional 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on others.

Read on for full lists of travel-related tax rates from the provincial government PST website.

Time Zone

Vancouver is in the Pacific Time zone, with daylight savings in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. Check Vancouver’s time anytime at


Tourism Vancouver provides information on various sites to visit and things to do while in Vancouver. Visit their office right across from the Vancouver Convention Centre or check out their website at

Water bottles

We will not distribute water in plastic bottles. Consider bringing a favourite water bottle to fill from dispensers onsite.

Wear your badge

Name badges are required for admission to all conference activities. Be sure to pick up your badge at on-site registration when you arrive. This year, you’ll have the option of a mobile event check-in using your smartphone or confirmation e-mail. You’ll still have the option of having conference staff assist you. 


Registered delegates can access WiFi in all public spaces and meeting rooms in the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building.

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