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Travel Policy

Reimbursement Policies for the Annual ONCAT Conference Participant

ONCAT remains committed to delivering relevant, timely and high quality professional development and engagement opportunities to advance student mobility research and pathway development in Ontario across the postsecondary sector. Further, ONCAT is committed to supporting a diverse and institutionally balanced attendance at the annual Conference.

The following reimbursement policies are intended to provide financial support to institutions as a means to ensure continued engagement and involvement.

These policies do not apply to non-institutional partners, presenters, or council members. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact Shauna Love, Operations Director at slove@oncat.ca or Lia Quickert, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Director at lquickert@oncat.ca. If you are a participant, please visit www.oncatconference.com.

1. Travel

***Any travel not related to travelling to and from the Conference will not be covered by ONCAT.

Air Travel:
For participants who arrived by airplane, please submit:

ONCAT assumes no financial responsibility for personal vehicles. However, participants whose institution/organization is 60km or more from the Conference venue can request reimbursement for mileage. Please submit:

Renting a Car:
For participants who work further than 60 km from the venue and rent a vehicle, please note that a compact model or its equivalent is required. Please submit the following:

Other Forms of Travel (Public transit/Taxi):
Travel costs will be reimbursed for economy class travel with submission of original receipts (please be sure to submit any correspondence with ONCAT confirming the travel costs, if available).


ONCAT will cover the cost of parking for the Green P parking lot at the Nathan Phillips Square Complex which has multiple access points including one directly across the street from the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre. Please note, if you decide to park at the hotel, ONCAT will only reimburse you at the rates offered by the Green P parking.

Rates for the Green P parking are as follows:

Max. (7am - 7am) - $8.00

Day max. (7am-6pm) - $15.00
Night max. (6pm - 7am) - $6.00

Further details and a schematic showing the entrances are in the links below:



2. Registration:

To ensure robust and engaged discussion, ONCAT is encouraging participation from both the college and university sector and will waive the registration costs for four participants (including council member) from each institution at the Conference. Again this year, ONCAT has sought the assistance of your institution in selecting the four.

3. Accommodations:

If you require accommodations, a block of rooms is available at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. The Conference rate of $189 per room/per night (plus applicable taxes) is available for Sunday, April 24th and Monday, April 25, 2016. ONCAT will only reimburse costs at the basic “guest room” rate.

Please note that accommodations will be reimbursed for registrants only for MONDAY evening, and only for those whose institution is 60km or more from the Conference venue.

For reimbursement, kindly submit original copies of your receipts to Shauna Love at:

c/o Shauna Love
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1902
Toronto, ON  M5G 1Z8

ONCAT delegates have two options for booking rooms at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Downtown Hotel:
Use this special reservation link for the ONCAT 2016 Conference room bookings – ONCAT 2016 Conference Reservation Link


Call toll-free 1-800 905-0667 and be sure to request the $189 rate for the ONCAT Conference

The Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel has a limited number of rooms available for early arrival (prior to April 24) or late departure (after April 26) at the Conference rate, on a first-come, first-served basis. Delegates can book their entire stay using the above link.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Note that delegates are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible. The cut-off date for ONCAT Conference reservations is April 1, 2016. However, rooms may not be available at that time if the block is sold out prior to April 1, 2016. Book your reservation early! If rooms are available after the cut-off date, reservations will be accepted only at the prevailing rate of the day.

4. Meals:

Lunch on April 25th, and breakfast and lunch on April 26th, as well as refreshment breaks are included as part of the registration and will be served at the Conference venue. Any additional meal expenses are the responsibility of the participant and will not be reimbursed by ONCAT.

5. Tips/Gratuities:

You may be reimbursed for reasonable gratuities for porter, hotel room services and taxis. Keep a record of gratuities paid.

Examples of reasonable amounts for gratuities include;

Please submit the Direct deposit forms, expense form and all related original receipts to ONCAT no later than May 20, 2016 for processing. All expenses received after that date will not be processed.

If you requested reimbursement from ONCAT in advance of the Conference, please include all correspondence in your submission.

If you are required to submit original receipts to your institution for reimbursement, please have your institution invoice ONCAT with scanned copies of all receipts, tickets and boarding passes. 

Kindly submit all expenses and original receipts to:

c/o Shauna Love
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1902
Toronto, ON  M5G 1Z8

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shauna Love at: slove@oncat.ca.

Click here for a printable version of the Travel Policy

ONCAT Expense Form

ONCAT Direct Deposit Form