How to register
Onsite registration hours
Payment options
Terms & conditions

Before you register

  • Review the Congress fees, the associations page and the Association conference fee schedule to find your association and decide which conferences you wish to register for.
  • You are welcome to attend any association conference at Congress regardless of membership status, provided that you pay the corresponding member or non-member fee.
  • Take note of the Congress Registration Desk location and hours, as you’ll need to visit it when you arrive on site to pick up your receipt, official access badge and registration package.
  • If you are attending your association’s conference as a member or presenting at Congress 2020, renew your membership status on your association’s website and check out the Info for presenters page.
  • If you are a member of the public and/or are attending open events only, you need to register in late May and receive a Community Participant badge which must be worn.  Find out more (coming soon)

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How to register

Online registration is the quickest and easiest registration method available to you – you will automatically receive an email confirmation and be able to print your registration receipt. You will also be able to re-enter the system at any time to make changes. You will receive your official access badge and registration package on-site, where the registration desk will be available as of Friday, May 29, 2020.


Log into the Congress registration system to register for Congress from early January until June 5, 2020. If you are new to Congress, you will be prompted to create a new account. Those who have attended Congress in a previous year (2008 to 2019) will now be required to use their email address as their username and to create a new password.

After you have registered, you can return to the Congress registration system to:

  • print your registration receipt 
  • view/update your personal information
  •  add another association’s conference
  •  request a refund (see Terms and conditions)

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Onsite registration hours

Visit the Registration Desk in the Congress Hub to register on site, pick up your official access badge and registration package, or for assistance. The Congress Hub is located in the Western Student Recreation Centre - WSRC Lower Gyms. The hours of operation are:

May 29 – 10:00 to 17:00
May 30 to June 4 – 7:30 to 17:00
June 5 – 7:30 to 12:00

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The registration fees are broken down into two components – the Congress fees and the Association conference fees. For more information about this structure, consult About the fees.

Congress fees

Congress registration types*

Early bird rate (prior to March 31)

Regular rate (as of April 1)

On site (as of May 29)

Regular attendee




Student, retired or unwaged




*Congress regular attendee: Attendees who are employed full time, part-time or sessional, a member of a faculty, post-doctoral, or those who do not meet the criteria below.

*Congress retired: Attendees who are currently retired from employment and are no longer engaged in their regular research, academic or other scientific activities (age 55 +).

*Congress student: Attendees who are currently enrolled in an academic program full time and will be able to provide a student ID card/number. This includes undergraduate students and graduate students.

*Congress unwaged: Attendees who are currently unemployed (no income), under-employed or in temporary employment and not of retirement age (as stated above).


Association conference fees

The association conference fees are mandatory for all attendees participating at an association conference or sessions, including organizers, speakers, presenters, panelists, association staff, special guests and those chairing or attending a session. Association conference fees do not cover the association’s membership fees. For membership inquiries, please contact the association directly.

View the Association conference fee schedule

If you wish to ONLY attend those general events indicated in the online calendar of open events and the Congress Essentials guide as open to all attendees, then the association conference fees do not apply. However you will not be entitled to participate in association conferences or association events where access is restricted to registered attendees of that association.

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Payment options

  •  Credit cards accepted: Visa, Visa/debit, MasterCard, MasterCard/debit, American Express
  •  Cash, debit or cheques will not be accepted on site.

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Terms and conditions

  •  Telephone registrations cannot be accepted.
  •  The refund deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020. The Federation is waiving the $25 administration fee for those not attending due to COVID-19 concerns. If Congress does not go ahead, all attendees will be eligible for a full refund of their Congress fee. Refunds of association conference fees will be managed on a case-by-case basis, based on association’s contingency plans. 

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