Weather

Toronto's typical fall weather in October is high of 15°C (59°F) and low of 7° (45°F).

Language

English and French are Canada's official languages. The top 5 languages include Mandarin/Cantonese, Italian, Tamil, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Money

  • The Canadian Dollar ($CAD) is the currency used in Toronto.
  • Sales tax: Most items are subject to a 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
  • Tipping: Tips should given at restaurants, taxis, and tour guides. At restaurants, a 15% tip is customary and is paid in addition to the total bill amount. 
  • Credit cards can be used at most stores. You can use your chip or tap enabled credit cards. 

Taxis

Toronto has a number of taxi companies. Uber and Lyft also now operate in the city. Fares are standard, metered, and non-negotiable.

Food

The Institute has come up with a wide variety of food options to meet all dietary needs, from low to high prices, and early mornings to late nights.