The legal age to purchase or consume alcohol containing products in the province of
Ontario is 19 years of age and over. Spirits, wine, imported beers and various other liquors
can be purchased from retail outlets known as LCBO stores. Domestic and imported beer may be
purchased from Brewers Retail outlets called The Beer Store.
In Canada it is a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle, vessel or aircraft while
impaired by alcohol. More than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (.08%) is
considered impaired. It is a criminal offense to refuse to provide a breath sample for testing
when demanded by an officer of the law.
Currency and Credit Cards
It is recommended that foreign visitors use Canadian funds when travelling to Mississauga.
Canadian funds can be acquired in your country of origin, or obtained upon arrival though
banks, credit unions, currency exchange offices and also at Pearson International Airport.
The standard currency used throughout Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Canadian bills exists
in denominations of $100.00, $50.00, $20.00, $10.00 and $5.00. Coins come in denominations of
$2.00 (often called a 'toonie'), $1.00 (often called a 'loonie'), $.25 (called a 'quarter'),
$.10 (called a 'dime'), $.05 ( called a 'nickel'), $.01 (called a 'penny').
Most major credit cards are usable throughout Canada and accepted by most vendors. Major
credit cards include Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Driving and Speed Limits
Unless otherwise posted the speed limit on Mississauga streets is 50 Km/H (30 MPH). On highways
(freeways) the speed limit is generally 100 Km/H (55 MPH). Gasoline prices are in litres. One
gallon equals approximately 3.8 litres. Wearing seatbelts in mandatory.
In the province of Ontario most purchases are subject to a 8% sales tax(PST). Services along
with most goods are also subject to the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Non-Canadian residents may apply for a GST rebate. To qualify you must not be a resident of
Canada, have original receipts that have been stamped in Canada (can be stamped at
participating duty-free stores or at any Canada Customs Office). Each individual receipt must
show a minimum of $50 Canadian and your purchase amounts must total at least $200 Canadian to
be eligible for a GST rebate.
The customary tip rate for dining services is 15% of the pre-tax total. In bars it is customary
to leave the tip with every drink or round ordered. Taxi drivers are also normally tipped 10 to
Electricity in Canada is supplied at 120 Volts at 60 Hertz. The plugs are the same as used in
the United States. If you come from a country that uses five electricity, you will have
to bring or buy a converter to use electrical devices from your country.