What is the status of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work?

The XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work has been postponed to September 19 – 22, 2021.

Why has XXII World Congress been postponed?

Following public health guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation, the International Organizing Committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone the XXII World Congress. This is being done to ensure the health and safety of all.

I understand that there will be a virtual meeting focused on COVID-19 in 2020 – where can I find more information?

Yes – given the impact of COVID-19 on workplaces around the world, the IOC has also decided to convene a virtual meeting of global thought leaders focused on COVID-19 and OSH on October 5 and 6, 2020. More information about this meeting is available here:

Will the XXII World Congress be an in-person or an online event?

The XXII World Congress will be an in-person event, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Congress is also being expanded to include virtual options, including live streaming to facilitate further global engagement. More information will be posted to the Congress website when available.

Accommodations and Travel

Will my hotel room reservation be cancelled?

If you have made a hotel room reservation within the official block of the Congress partner hotels which include the InterContinental, Fairmont Royal York, Sheraton Centre and the Chelsea Hotel, please note that all reservations have been automatically cancelled due to the postponement of the Congress. We have confirmed availability with the same hotels for 2021 and our reservation system will re-open in October 2020. Please visit our hotel page for more information or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Will my airfare be refunded?

Please contact your travel agent/airline and let them know you are cancelling or modifying your booking due to the postponement of the XXII World Congress in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The responsibility for airfare bookings and refunds falls outside the scope of XXII World Congress and will be dependent on the type of fare booked, the airline’s or agent’s own cancellation/rebooking policies regarding COVID-19, and any travel insurance coverage.

Do I need a visa to visit Toronto?

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to a Canadian airport. To find out what document you need to travel to, or transit through Canada, visit

What is an eTA?

An Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA is an , stands for Electronic Travel Authorization. Canada has introduced a new entry requirement , known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport and is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed. Applying for an eTA is a quick, simple online process. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. For more information about eTA and how to apply, visit

How do I get a Letter of Invitation for my Visa?

An official Letter of Invitation to obtain a Visitor Visa and authorization to enter Canada will be issued to you ONLY after your registration has been completed and full payment received by the Congress Planner. Further instructions on how to obtain your Invitation Letter will be provided during the registration process.

Do I need a visa if I’m travelling from the USA?

Citizens of the U.S. do not need an eTA or a visitor visa. For more information about the identification requirements, visit Canada Border Services Agency website or the U.S. Department of State Consular Information website.


I am planning to attend the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health in Toronto in September 2021 – can I simply transfer my registration fee to the new Congress?

Yes. Your registration will be transferred at no cost to the Congress now taking place from September 19 – 22, 2021. In September 2020, you will receive an email confirmation with your new registration information. If you requested a refund in writing prior to the June 5, 2020 deadline, please note that it may take 6 – 8 weeks to be processed.


Can I transfer my exhibit fee to the new World Congress dates?

Yes. Your exhibit fee from XXII World Congress will automatically be transferred to the new World Congress dates (September 19 – 22, 2021). As such, the exhibit fee will remain unchanged and we will guarantee your booth location as per this year’s floorplan. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Abstract Sumitters

Will I have to resubmit my abstract next year?

No, you will not be required to re-submit your abstract. In March 2021, you will be notified about the outcome of your submission. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Fellowship Applicants

Will I have to resubmit my fellowship program application next year?

No, you will not be required to re-submit your application. In March 2021, you will be notified about the outcome of your fellowship application. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.