Information for media
If you are a member of the media and plan on attending the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, keep your eye on this page. We will update it regularly over the coming months with everything you need to know.
Meanwhile, if you have logistical or technical inquiries, please contact us at G7infomedia@international.gc.ca.
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Media representatives on assignment to the Summit who wish to participate in the 2018 G7 Summit media program, and access the International Media Centre or any other Summit venue must obtain media accreditation.
Information on media accreditation, including the online application process, will be available through the 2018 G7 Summit website in the coming weeks. Once the application process is closed, there will be no opportunity for accreditation on-site.
Applications will be processed prior to the start of the Summit. Accreditation confirmation will be issued only after a security screening performed by competent Canadian government authorities.
Accreditation badges will be issued at the Accreditation Centre upon presentation of valid identification and must be collected in person by the individual.
International Media Centre
The International Media Centre will be located at the Québec City Convention Centre (QCCC) at 1000 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Québec. Workspace will be available for all accredited media representatives at the 2018 G7 Summit.
A media centre will be established next to Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie for media pool representatives only.
Media viewing/briefing rooms and news conference theatres
Two-way broadcast-quality video and audio will be provided between the news conference theatres in La Malbaie and viewing/briefing rooms at the International Media Centre.
Coverage of most official events will be limited to media pools. A media pool policy will be made available over the coming months.
TV broadcast stand-up positions will be available at the International Media Centre for all media and at the Sub-media Centre for media pool representatives only.
Transportation for media pool representatives
Access to official events will be via secured buses only, provided by the Summits Management Office for media pool representatives.
Complimentary food services will be provided at the International Media Centre and at the Sub-media Centre from June 7 to 9, 2018.
Dome Productions will be the host broadcaster for the Summit, and will operate the international broadcast centre located within the International Media Centre.
Dome Productions will provide full video and audio coverage of the main Summit events. The host broadcaster will also provide transmission services from both the International Media Centre and the Sub-media Centre.
Additional technical services and facilities will be available to broadcasters according to a published rate card.
The host broadcaster will issue the technical requirements questionnaire and the rate card for media in the coming weeks in order to gather all of the relevant information.
The host photographer will provide accredited media representatives with high‑resolution photographs of official Summit events.
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.
For further details, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website and for information about and applying for an ATA Carnet, visit the CBSA’s ATA Carnet website for the temporary importation of goods.
B-Roll footage of the Charlevoix region is available for use by media representatives. To obtain this footage, please submit an email request to G72018_media@international.gc.ca.
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 within La Malbaie limits include HSPA 850/1900 and LTE 2100/1900/700/2600 and GSM 850/1900 (but not all international GSM frequencies);
- along transportation corridors, the following protocols are supported: HSPA 850 and LTE 700 but not GSM.
Media representatives may wish to purchase devices or SIM cards locally from Canadian suppliers. In the Charlevoix region only, Bell Mobility is recommended.
A limited number of rooms are being held at a special rate in Québec for media representatives. Media representatives are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms.
No overnight accommodation will be provided for media in La Malbaie.
For information on the suggested hotels, please contact G7infomedia@international.gc.ca, with “Media Accommodation Information Request” as the subject line. Your email should include your contact information and the name of your media organization.
Travelers must possess valid travel documents and, where necessary, a visa for entry into Canada.
Visa requests should be submitted to the Embassy of Canada in the guest’s national capital. For up-to-date information on which countries require visas for travel to Canada, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.
Please note that airlines will not allow boarding in the absence of a valid visa, and visas cannot be obtained upon arrival in Canada.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.
For eTA information, please refer to the Canada Border Services Agency website.
To find out what else you may need to know before visiting Canada, please refer to the general travel information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.
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.
Please consult the Canada Border Services Agency website.
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.
There is no requirement to present vaccination certificates upon entry to Canada.
Social media channels
Follow our social media channels and the official G7 hashtags: #G7 and #G7Charlevoix.