Information for media

If you are a member of the media, keep your eye on this page for everything you need to know to cover G7 events. We will update it regularly over the coming months with everything you need to know.

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Accreditation

Ministerial meetings

Media representatives who wish to cover a ministerial event must apply for accreditation and obtain an identification badge. Detailed information on how to apply for accreditation is sent separately prior to each event. Only accredited media with an identification badge will have access to the meeting site.

Once your accreditation is approved, you will receive an email inviting you to install the My G7 Web application. This tool will allow you to have real-time access to information and receive alerts informing you of any changes to an event that you have been accredited for. If you do not receive the email in your inbox, please remember to verify your junk mail box.

To get accredited for the Halifax ministerial on the theme of “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy”, click here.

G7 Web application

Once their accreditation application is approved, media will receive an email offering access to the My G7 Web application. This tool provides real-time access to information and alerts concerning any changes to events including media access.

Media Centre

A media centre will be available for the use of accredited media only. Information on the location and the hours of operation will be made available soon.

The media centre will provide accredited media a workspace with tables, chairs, free Wi-Fi Internet, and access to electrical power outlets.

Requests for dedicated data or technical facilities should be directed to the media operations team at G7infomedia@international.gc.ca. A rate card will be provided upon request.

All media queries concerning the Halifax Ministerial Meeting on Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy should be directed to:

Summits Management Office
Global Affairs Canada
1-833-CAN-G718 (1-833-226-4718)
G72018_media@international.gc.ca

Some elements of the program will be live streamed on the official G7 social media channels. More information will be available in the media centre.

Environment

Sustainable management practices were used during the G7 Summit. Efforts were made to reduce the environmental footprint, and recycling and waste reduction mechanisms were put in place at the International Media Centre (Québec City) and at the secondary media centre (La Malbaie). We also worked to minimize the use of disposable plastics during the event. Further, a strategy was established to offset carbon emissions associated with conducting the four Sherpa Meetings, the four Ministerial Meetings and the Summit. A last Ministerial Meeting – “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energyʺ– will be held in Halifax, in September 2018, as Canada continues its G7 Presidency. As with previous meetings, this last meeting will support the principles of sustainable development and responsible event management adopted by the Government of Canada, as well as collaboration with our suppliers to limit impacts on the environment. In cooperation with the Halifax Regional Municipality and the hotels accommodating participants, we are aiming to implement a waste management system for the duration of the event and to develop a strategy to minimize waste – particularly plastics.

Find out more about out our efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the Summit.

Technical information

Cellular services

Most devices from G7 countries will work in Canada, with the following limitations:

  • cellular devices (European, in particular) using CDPD protocols do not function in Canada;
  • supported protocols in the Halifax Metropolitan Area include HSPA and LTE.

Media representatives may wish to purchase devices or SIM cards locally from Canadian suppliers (Bell Aliant, Rogers, Telus).

Travel information

Accommodation

Media representatives are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Transportation

Airport Transfers

Taxi: A one-way trip from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to downtown by taxi or limousine is $63.00. Travellers can also pre-arrange a pick-up with a licensed transportation service. A list of providers is available on the Halifax Stanfield Airport website.
The trip takes approximately 30-40 minutes. Major credit cards and debit cards are accepted.

Public transport: Halifax Transit offers its MetroX bus service between downtown and the airport. The one-way fare is $3.50, and exact change is required.

Airport shuttle: A shuttle bus service is available between the downtown and the airport via Airport Express. A one-way ticket is $22.00. Reservations and ticket purchase must be made in advance.

Entry Requirements to Canada

Citizens of G7 countries do not require a visa to enter Canada. However, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for air travel to Canada. Exemptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Please refer to the Travel Canada website to find out what documents are needed to travel to Canada.

Temporary importation of production equipment

Some rules apply to the temporary importation of production equipment, such as cameras and editing equipment. Media representatives who transport technical equipment to produce news stories or broadcasts must check Canada’s temporary importation rules to make it easier for them to enter Canada with their equipment.

Customs

Many items are prohibited for entry into Canada, including handguns and weapons, such as mace and pepper spray. Certain fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, dairy products and plants are also prohibited or restricted.

Health insurance

All visitors to Canada are responsible for the entire cost of any medical treatment they undergo while in the country. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all media representatives obtain health insurance prior to their arrival in Canada to cover any unforeseen medical expenses. This includes medical care obtained in health facilities in the community, such as hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.

It is also recommended that media representatives have a copy of their prescriptions (medications, glasses, etc.) available during their stay in Canada.

Vaccinations

There is no requirement to present vaccination certificates upon entry to Canada.

General Information

Currency

The currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Major credit cards are widely accepted. Most bank cards can also be used at ATMs to withdraw funds in Canadian dollars.

Electricity

The standard voltage in North America is 120 volts and the frequency is 60 Hertz. Adaptors may not be readily available.

Time Zone

Halifax is in the Atlantic Daylight Time Zone (ADT), UTC / GMT -3.

Tipping

Tipping is customary in sit-down restaurants and is rarely included in the bill (although some restaurants automatically add 15-20% when serving groups – be sure to check your bill). The typical tip is 15% of the pre-tax total of the bill. For taxi fares, it is customary to add 10-15% to the total as a tip to the driver if service is satisfactory.

Visiting Halifax

Please visit Discover Halifax and Destination Canada for more information to plan your visit and hotels in the area.

Weather

Mild weather can be expected in Halifax in September, with some rainy days. The average temperature is approximately 19°C (66.2°F). Overnight temperatures are cooler with an average low of 11°C (51.8°F). Please check the current weather forecast closer to your date of travel

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Global Affairs Canada – Summits Management Office

For all logistical and technical questions, please contact:

Media Operations

Mail G7infomedia@international.gc.ca

For all other media inquiries, please contact:

Media Relations

Phone 1-833-CAN-G718 (1-833-226-4718)
Mail G72018_media@international.gc.ca