Commitment to Accessibility

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Canadian Sociological Association are committed to creating a more accessible, equitable, inclusive, and decolonized Congress experience for all attendees.

We strive to embed accessibility into each aspect of Congress planning, and we are working to ensure Congress is inclusive to all members of our humanities and social sciences community, including those with disabilities.

For more information about accessibility at York University please contact

Accessible Presentations

Accessibility on site at the Canadian Sociological Association Conference

Accessibility Provisions

Priority seating will be reserved in the session rooms for those with concerns about accessibility  and social distancing.  See also COVID-19 Protocols below.

Presenter microphones will be included in rooms with a capacity of over 75 people.

Elevators and washrooms will be clearly marked.  Refer to building floorplans (McLaughlin College-MC and Curtis Lecture Halls-CLH)

COVID-19 Protocols

To ensure a safe Congress experience for all attendees, Congress 2023 will follow the recommendations of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as outlined by York University. For more information on campus safety protocols, visit


York University

Local Amenities – Refer to Health Services

The CSA will have COVID kits at our Greeting Tables in both McLaughlin College and Curtis Lecture Halls with N95 masks and hand sanitizers for delegates.   We will also be reserving seating areas with social distancing measures if space allows in the rooms.

Mobility Assistance on Campus

Mobility Assistance Shuttle

Mobility support will be available to attendees with accessibility needs or any kind of disability (permanent or temporary) to navigate campus. This includes two (2) accessibility transport options:

  • Accessibility shuttle for individuals in wheelchairs, individuals with motor, visual, hearing and/or cognitive disabilities;
  • Mobility assistance golf carts for individuals with temporary accessibility needs (e.g. recent injury; health issues impacting mobility; recovery from surgery; pregnant)

Accessibility shuttle will be available from 7:00 to 21:00 daily during the Congress. The accessibility shuttle service will have seventeen (17) pre-determined stops on campus each within 2-3 minutes of each other with a total shuttle loop time of twenty-two (22) minutes. This shuttle route encompasses most all major congress locations and residences on campus.

Look for shuttle signs at your stop location. This is where the shuttle will meet you. See the official Congress map for more details on the shuttle loop that will service the campus.

Mobility assistance Golf Cart Shuttle will be available during the hours of 7:30-18:30, this service will travel on two continuous loops along campus roads taking you closer to key Congress event places. Wait times will vary between five (5) to fifteen (15) minutes.

Mobility assistance golf cart locations are identified on the Official Congress 2023 map

NOTE: The accessibility shuttle and mobility assistance golf cart shuttles have stops located near our Conference buildings at McLaughlin College-MC and Curtis Lecture Halls-CLH.


Visit the Canadian Sociological Association Greeting Table located in McLaughlin College-MC (lobby across from room 143) for Conference information and refreshments.  Maps

Refreshments: Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 2 – 10:00am and 3:00pm

The morning refreshments will include; Fresh sliced fruit and berry platter (melons, pineapple, strawberries), assorted pastries, gluten free pastries, individual assorted yogurt, fair trade coffee/tea, and infused water.

In the afternoon we will have; Fair trade coffee and assorted teas, assorted soft drinks, and sparkling water.

Welcome Reception

Monday, May 29 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Second Student Centre – SSC Convention Centre.  Maps

Meet your fellow delegates and reconnect with colleagues after 4 long years!

Join us for an informal reception sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association and the Sociology Department at York University.  Canadian Sociological Association Conference delegate badges are required.

Cash bar

Light refreshments will include; a selection of domestic cheeses, fruit and crackers, pita chips with hummus, roasted red pepper dip, and artichoke asiago dip, garden fresh crudités, charcuterie board with pickles and mustards.  Complimentary infused water will be available.

Support Person Registration

Support persons or companions are not required to register or pay for Congress if they are travelling with a registered Congress attendee. Support persons will be allowed to enter Congress sessions without a badge only when accompanied by the individual whom they are supporting. If the registered participant requires assistance with the Congress virtual platform, they should reach out to Congress at


Wheelchair-accessible single stall washrooms and gender inclusive washrooms are available across campus and are identified with standardized signage.

Wellbeing Hubs

York University is pleased to provide designated Quiet Spaces, Prayer Rooms, and Lactation Rooms for Congress attendees. Many of these spaces will be centrally located in Wellbeing Hubs which will be open for the duration of Congress 2023 and located in key areas throughout the Keele campus. In addition, Gathering Spaces will be available for attendees to discuss ideas, collaborate, and relax. All spaces are open from 8:00 – 17:00 daily.

All of our CSA Conference sessions will be held in-person at York University (Keele Campus) McLaughlin College-MC and Curtis Lecture Halls-CLH.  Maps

Well-being hubs for the McLaughlin College-MC building are situated in Founders College
  • Gathering Space – Founders College, FC 024E
  • Quiet Zone – Founders College, FC 019B
  • Prayer Room – Founders College, FC 019A
  • Lactation Room – Founders College, FC 022
Well-being hubs for the Curtis Lecture Hall-CLH building are situated in the Central Square
  • Quiet Zone – Central Square, Scott Religious Centre, CSQ 144 (Meditation Room)
  • Prayer Room – Central Square, Scott Religious Centre, CSQ 144 (Chapel)
  • Lactation Room – Scott Library, SCL 133A

Accessibility online at the Canadian Sociological Association Conference

Our hybrid sessions will offer closed captioning.  The majority of these sessions will be recorded and posted to the Congress Virtual Platform within 72 hours and available for viewing by registered delegates with the Canadian Sociological Association Conference.

Hybrid Regular Sessions

Hybrid Panels, Plenary, and Meetings

Guide for Remote Presenters and Panelists