Local Information & Travel

The 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada.

Time Zone

Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone.

Passport and Visa Information

Don’t forget to ensure you have a valid passport at all times. In some cases, a visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA) may be needed. Be sure to check current processing times so you will have the proper documents for travel prior to JSM. For more information, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada and U.S. Department of State websites.


In July, Vancouver is warm and comfortable. July is the least rainy month in a city famous for its rain. Visitors can expect rain about seven days out of 31 in July. When packing for Vancouver, we recommend checking the weather beforehand. Websites providing basic weather information include www.weather.gov and www.weather.com.

July/August Averages:
High: 73° F
Low: 59° F

Suggested Attire

We suggest dressing in light-weight layers or business casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking around the city and convention center. Be prepared with a light-weight jacket or sweater for evenings and when attending sessions and meetings, as the convention center and hotels are air-conditioned.


Take this opportunity to explore the wonderful variety of cuisine available in Vancouver. Find out where to find the best tower of fresh seafood, the finest house-made charcuterie, the most delicious taco truck, and the best list of BC wines. Explore what Vancouver’s restaurants have to offer on the visitor website.

Vancouver Attractions

We will keep you plenty busy with JSM activities, but we do hope you find some time to check out at least some of the attractions Vancouver has to offer. Explore Grouse Mountain, discover Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, visit Vancouver Aquarium, walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge, go whale watching, or choose any of the countless other Vancouver-area attractions to enhance your trip. Find out more on the Vancouver visitor website.


Vancouver International Airport (YVR)


Vancouver is also accessible via Amtrak (VIA Rail and Amtrak Cascade lines).

Public Transportation

Be sure to check out Vancouver’s local transit system, http://www.translink.ca/

Key Dates

  • May 1, 2018 11:00 AM
    Registration and housing open
  • May 31, 2018
    Early registration deadline
  • June 1, 2018 12:01 AM - June 29, 2018 11:59 PM
    Regular registration (increased fees apply)
  • June 21, 2018
    Housing deadline
  • June 30, 2018 12:01 AM - August 2, 2018 11:59 PM
    Late Registration (increased fees apply)
  • July 28, 2018 - August 2, 2018
    2018 Joint Statistical Meetings
  • Program Participants
  • July 18, 2017 - September 7, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session proposals open
  • September 30, 2017
    Online submission of Continuing Education course proposals deadline
  • October 10, 2017 - October 30, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session abstracts open
  • November 30, 2017 12:01 AM - February 1, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online submission of abstracts (all except invited papers and panels)
  • January 11, 2018
    Online submission of topic-contributed session proposals deadline
  • January 15, 2018
    Online submission of Computer Technology Workshop (CTW) proposals deadline
  • January 23, 2018 - April 3, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online submission of JSM Meeting & Event Requests
  • January 25, 2018
    Deadline to request registration extension for government agencies
  • March 29, 2018 - April 18, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online abstract editing open
  • May 17, 2018
    Draft manuscript deadline