Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses. Some cause less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Whilst the current outbreak of Covid-19 is still being investigated, it appears to be moderately infectious and able to be passed from human to human, primarily by droplets spread, as for other respiratory viruses. Whilst many cases will be of a mild illness, a small percentage progress to more severe illness and pneumonia. Canada and Quebec has put in place a range of screening and isolation measures that despite cases, are likely to be very effective in limiting the outbreak from taking hold.

Will CIGR 2020 be canceled because of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

The conference planned in June 2020 is POSTPONED to May 10-14 2021. Our general program will remain fairly unchanged, visit our web site to know the current status. We invite you to take a look at our event Continuity Plan.


Authors: you don't need to re-sumbit your abstract.

We invite you to take a look at our event Continuity Plan.


Participant: you don't need to cancel your registration.

We invite you to take a look at our event Continuity Plan.


I can no longer participate in the conference, how do I cancel my contribution(s) and registration?

We invite you to take a look at our event Continuity Plan.

Specific Measures at the Québec City Convention Centre

The Convention Centre’s security officers are trained as first responders and can provide medical assistance as needed if someone seems to be showing symptoms. Occupants also enjoy the highest possible air quality thanks to the Centre’s HEPA-filtered ventilation system. The Convention Centre boasts a well-trained building cleaning and maintenance team that is prepared to take the required actions to keep its clientele healthy and happy.

The Centre will further enhance its already above-industry-standard prevention measures in the following ways:

  • Increasing the air change per hour in meeting rooms
  • Cleaning washrooms and public spaces more frequently
  • Amplifying reminders to wash hands in washrooms
  • Adding hand-sanitizer gel dispensers in strategic locations

As the situation develops, the Québec City Convention Centre will continue to communicate with its clients to keep them informed.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.

Please consult the Government of Canada information page for current advice and situation updates. If you are traveling to CIGR 2020 from outside Canada and the US, we recommend you also monitor travel advice from your national public health authorities.