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

Local Information

Local Information

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


There are several parking garages near the Vancouver Convention Centre, including at both convention center buildings, East and West. More information is available from the convention center.

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.


Unsure of where to eat while in Vancouver? Tourism Vancouver has a handy tool to help you.

Vancouver Attractions

Part urban getaway and part outdoor adventure, Vancouver has something for everyone. Take this opportunity to explore the downtown and surrounding city attractions. Book a whale-watching trip, see the latest exhibits at the Vancouver Aquarium, explore Grouse Mountain or Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, or just stick close by with a visit to Stanley Park. Find out more.

Child Care

We have partnered with leading child care provider KiddieCorp to offer JSM attendees care for children 6 months to 12 years old. Care will be located within the Vancouver Convention Centre for $12/hour. Snacks and beverages will be included, but meals should be provided by parents. Details, pricing, and reservation information are available on the KiddieCorp–JSM 2018 web page. Space is limited, so reserve early.

All policies are established by KiddieCorp, and all questions should be directed to KiddieCorp.

Travel Information

Travel Information


If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, there are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States.

Airline Discount

Reservations and ticketing are available via Alaska Airlines. When booking online, use the discount code ECMZ626.

Car Rental

Hertz Hertz is offering JSM attendees discounted rental cars in Vancouver. The discounted rates are available online or by phone at (800) 654-2240. To receive the discounted rates, be sure to use Convention Number CV048B0011.

Public Transportation

Be sure to check out Vancouver’s public transportation system, TransLink, to easily get around the city, including the easy and inexpensive SkyTrain Canada Line route with access from downtown to the airport.

Accessibility Information

Accessibility Information

If you have a disability that may impede your participation, check the box during the registration process that asks if you require special assistance and include a statement regarding your needs. The ASA Meetings Department will contact you prior to JSM, but appropriate accommodations cannot be ensured without prior notification.

The Vancouver Convention Centre is accessible to patrons with disabilities.

Please see the Tourism Vancouver website for more information about accessibility throughout the city.


Most JSM events will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre; however, some will be held at the Fairmont Waterfront. If you have trouble walking long distances and/or will use a wheelchair, we recommend staying at the Fairmont Waterfront or Pan Pacific Hotel. If you plan to use a scooter, we recommend staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel. There is an enclosed walkway between the Pan Pacific and the convention center that will allow easy access between the two.

There are special housing blocks set up at both the Fairmont Waterfront and the Pan Pacific Hotel to accommodate JSM attendees with mobility needs. Please call the housing bureau directly to make reservations (800) 967-8852 or email JSM@Experient-inc.com.

Equipment Rental

Scootaround, (888) 441-7575, rents wheelchairs, powerchairs, and scooters.

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