Canada Travel Alert
Issued by US Department of State
Jun 17, 2010
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Toronto, Canada to the potential for large-scale demonstrations in downtown Toronto before and during the G-20 Summit scheduled for June 26-27, 2010. This Travel Alert expires on June 28, 2010.
The G-20 Summit, which heads of state and government will attend, will take place June 26-27, 2010, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. Previous G-20 summits have drawn large numbers of protesters and activists, and a number of groups have announced plans to demonstrate throughout downtown Toronto. Protesters are expected to gather in Toronto in the days leading up to the Summit and access to parts of the downtown area will be restricted due to security requirements. Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. You should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what the local news media has to say.
The Canadian government is constructing a temporary fence in the vicinity of the Convention Centre to create a security zone for the G-20 Summit. As a result, significant traffic disruption in the downtown core is anticipated. Public transportation may also be restricted. U.S. citizens should avoid traveling in or through downtown Toronto during the Summit, if possible. The City of Toronto’s website, available at www.toronto.ca, includes updated information on traffic and security for residents and visitors during the Summit.
Prior to the G-20 Summit, the Canadian government will host the G-8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario, on June 25 and 26. Because of limited hotel space and Huntsville’s location three hours away from Toronto, the Department does not expect significant protest activity in the Huntsville area. However, U.S. citizens should expect increased security in the area before and during the Summit. The Department does not expect disruptions related to the G-8/G-20 Summits in other areas of Canada.
To enhance security measures already in place for the two Summits, the Canadian Government will likely increase passport and security checks at its land borders. All U.S. citizens traveling to Canada at any time must carry valid travel documents. For details, please refer to the country specific information for Canada.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Canada and the Worldwide Caution Travel Alert, located at http://travel.state.gov. For further information, U.S. citizens may also contact the Department of State toll-free from within the United States and Canada at 1-888-407-4747.
The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto is located at 360 University Avenue; Tel (416) 495-1700. The public entrance is located at 225 Simcoe Street. For further information, please visit the Consulate’s website at http://toronto.usconsulate.gov
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa is located at 490 Sussex Drive; Tel (613) 688-5335. For further information, please visit the Embassy’s website at http://canada.usembassy.gov/