visitor information page provides information on the facilities
and resources available to Fields Institute reseachers and visitors.
For additional questions or concerns please contact Fields
Scientific Support Staff
visitors please see the Scientific Program Manager (Room #326)
during your stay at Fields to have your funding support processed.
Visiting members and postdoctoral fellows who have been
offered a research stipend must provide our accounting office
with a local bank account (a voided cheque), local address and
a social insurance number.
residents must have a work permit to legally work in
Canada. International postdoctoral fellows must have a Citizenship
and Immigration Canada (CIC) work permit prior to coming to
Fields to participate in a postdoctoral fellowship. Note, if
the PDF was a student at a Canadian university and intends to
remain in Canada to complete a postdoctoral position, he or
she must apply for a Canadian work permit, even if the student
authorization is still valid.
a valid passport.
an engagement letter from Fields . The total stipend amount
must be indicated, regardless of funding source. CIC must
be sure that financial support will be sufficient for any
individual entering Canada. If you are receiving funding from
a source outside Canada, and/or Fields, such as a fellowship
from your home country, university, a corporation, or research
fund, the funding source and stipend must be indicated in
the engagement letter.
the CIC work permit application and submit it to the visa
office at a Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate
abroad. Provide a non-refundable application fee of $150 Canadian
or the equivalent in your local currency.
Fellows are Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)
exempt and do not require HRSDC approval to conduct research/teaching
activities in Canada. This exemption falls under regulation
#205, code C44.
Residents of the United States can apply for a work permit directly
at a Port of Entry to Canada.
PDFs who already hold a CIC work permit who wish to extend their
stay in Canada, should complete a CIC work
permit application. Additional information on how to change
one’s current status, amend application and contact information,
can be found on the CIC Web
Non-Canadian visitors who will be receiving research stipends
are required to have a Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.) to receive
payment. To apply for a SIN number it is necessary to enter
Canada with a ' work permit, HRSDC confirmation exempt' or 'study
permit'. To apply for a SIN number you must enter Canada with
a ' work permit, HRSDC confirmation exempt'
(application form- http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/work.asp)
or 'study permit' (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/student.asp).
Upon your arrival in Toronto, please take your passport, Fields
invitation/documentation letter and your applicable immigration
document issued by Immigration Canada to: Toronto City Hall
Service Canada Centre,City Hall, Floor 1, 100 Queen Street West
, Toronto, Ontario
visa inquiries: Ph. (416) 973-4444 (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m.) General information http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp
see Income Tax Payable on Research Stipends
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) was created to
offer affordable insurance to pay the cost of the hospital
and medical services for non-canadian employees, international
PDF's, visiting members and students so that they and their
family may maintain your health while at a participating university
you are eligible you, and your family who come to Canada with
you, must enrol in this plan. You will be protected by the
plan as soon as you arrive in Canada but no earlier than the
fourth month before the academic year begins. Please see the
UHIP web site: (http://www.uhip.ca).
Application form can be downloaded from: http://www.uhip.ca/_uploads/en_ApplicationForm.pdf
The minimum time period is 1 month, at a rate of approx. $57/mth/person.
claim forms are available on the UHIP adminstrator's website.
fellows can visit the School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George
St. Rm 304 (416 946-5254) -- http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/postdoctoral/being/healthinsurance.htm
or contact sgs.postdoc<at>utoronto.ca
note the UHIP plan is also required for all eligible dependents
(partner/spouse or children). You should also note that your
dependents may be limited for or even declined coverage if
they are not enrolled within 30 days of their arrival.
doctoral fellows working for less than six months and their
family members who come to Canada with the PDF cannot get
the government's OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan), but
PDF's working for at least six months can get OHIP after a
three-month waiting period, but family members who come to
Canada with the PDF cannot.
for OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan)
Ontario residents are eligible for provincially funded health
coverage under OHIP (http://www.health.gov.on.ca/).
To be eligible for Ontario health coverage you must:
1. be a Canadian citizen or have immigration
status in Ontario's Health Insurance Act, and
2. make your permanent and principal home in Ontario, and
3. be physically present in Ontario 153 days in any 12-month
OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after
the date you establish residency in Ontario.
· 777 Bay St.
· 200 Elizabeth Street 1st floor (upper level)
at the Toronto General Hospital (College & Bay)
· Complete list locations available on-line at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/contact/ohip/ohiploc_mn.html
the OHIP wait period it is necessary to have UHIP coverage
1) Apply for OHIP - you will recieve an application from
indicated the effective date of your OHIP coverage
2) Visit the university UHIP plan administrator's office
as soon as you arrive. For visiting Faculty members contact:
Ellen Brikaras at (416) 946-5477 or email her at ellen.brikaras<at>artsci.utoronto.ca
and for the postdoctoral fellows contact: School of Graduate
Studies at 63 St. George St. Rm 304 (416) 946-5254 or email
from outside of Canada may qualify for a refund on Ontario's GST
tax. One way to get your refund is to complete the refund application
form and send it to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (address
included on form.) Be sure to sign and date your application and
to attach original receipts or you can visit one of the participating
duty-free shops to obtain a cash refund for eligible claims
that do not exceed CAN$500.
1-800-668-4748 (within Canada)
(902) 432-5608 (outside Canada)
for Visitor Tax Refunds
is no refund of the tax paid on items such as: meals and alcohol;
tobacco products; services such as dry cleaning and hairdressing;
air, train, and bus tickets, or car rentals. Also, any goods that
you consume or leave in Canada do not qualify for this refund.
For more information on eligibility, please see : http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/gst-tps/rbts/gnrl/stt-eng.html
Tax Payable on Research Stipends:
The Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency has many different
tax implications for International and non-resident visitors
receiving stipends for their visit.
are required to pay taxes in Canada for income received.
visiting Canada, as long as you are not considered a resident
of a country that has established a tax treaty with Canada,
you are required to pay taxes in Canada for the income you have
received. Youre a deemed resident of Canada for tax purposes
if you stay in Canada for 183 days or more in the tax year or
have residential ties with Canada or arent considered
a resident of another country under the terms of a tax
treaty between Canada and that country. If you are deemed
a resident of another country under the tax treaty, you must
contact the International Tax Services Office for the rules
that apply to you.
detailed information, please see:
Canada - Visas
It is recommended that non-canadian visitors to Fields have a
valid passport to enter Canada.
for information about visiting Cananda.
for a list of countries whose citizens require visas. If you require
a visa, contact the nearest Canadian Visa Office (at the Canadian
Embassy or Consulate) as soon as possible.
a list of Embassies and Consulates see:
visa inquiries: Ph. 416-973-4444 (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m.)
who have been offered support to reimburse their expenses do not
require a work permit while in Canada, this is only required if
a stipend is offered.
Guest speakers, commercial speakers or seminar leaders can
speak or deliver training in Canada without a work permit as
long as the event is no longer than five days.
Organizers and administrative staff of international meetings
or conventions being held in Canada do not need a work permit.
require a work permit if a stipend is offered.
Residents of the United States and permanent residents of the
of the United States and permanent residents of the United States
can apply for a work permit directly at a Port of Entry
to Canada. Such residents do not need to apply for a work permit
at the embassy, high commission, or consulate in their home
country. Apply at the Port of Entry to Canada and provide the
Immigration Officer at the border with all documentation and
payment as follows: application fee, citizenship card, passport,
degree certification, and letter of engagement. Refer to the
Citizenship and Immigration
Canada Web site for further information.
International Visitors receiving a stipend
apply for a work permit see:
Foreign workers who need a CIC work permit, but do not require
an HRSDC labour market opinion include:
Research award recipients;
Eminent individuals, for example leaders in various fields;
Citizens of the U.S. and Mexico appointed as professors under
the university, college and seminary levels of the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);
Spouses or partners
Spouses or partners accompanying PDFs or long term visitors
to Fields who are receiving stipends are eligible to search
for employment once they arrive in Canada. Further information
on the Spousal Employment Authorization initiative, can be found
on the CIC web site. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/arriving.asp#famwork