Health & Safety

The information on this page outlines both the rules and expectations you are required to abide by as a RustConf attendee as well as health and safety resources to lean on if needed during the event. We know that everyone has a slightly different set of measures that would make them feel as safe as possible (especially at an in person gathering,) but our hope is that the policy below accommodates as many people as possible in a way that remains genuinely enforceable.

As your hosts, we want to ensure that all RustConf guests are aware of our health and safety policies as early as possible so that you can make informed decisions about your RustConf experience. We hope to have the opportunity to host you!

If you have any questions or concerns about your health and safety at RustConf or in related spaces during the lead-up to our 2024 event, please contact our team at

During the event, we will respond to any concerns raised to our team at registration, via our forthcoming virtual event portal, or by email as soon as possible at the time of outreach.

COVID Policy

The RustConf 2024 COVID-19 policy is based on realistic enforceability. In other words, while we want RustConf attendees to feel safe, healthy, and accommodated, we do not want to misrepresent our limited ability to ensure that every attendee complies with proper mask use guidelines throughout all areas of the venue during the entire event.

Because there is no way for us to guarantee that you will not catch a contagious illnesses while attending RustConf in person, we encourage you to prioritize your personal health, safety, and comfort when making your plans. If you are immunocompromised or if you understandably do not wish to risk catching a virus, we encourage you to attend virtually. The virtual RustConf experience will be free this year and we plan to make it as valuable and immersive as possible!

Our mask, test, and vaccine policies below are subject to change based on Montreal’s local regulations and the state of COVID at the time of the event. We encourage you to check this resource regularly prior to visiting Canada.


Masks are recommended, but not currently required, to attend RustConf 2024. We strongly advise you to bring your own N95 mask but we will have one available for each attendee joining us in person. We particularly encourage high-risk individuals and/or those with immunocompromised family members or colleagues to wear an N95 mask while attending RustConf, or to attend virtually. For guidelines on safe mask selection and use, please visit this resource.

You must respect other RustConf guests who choose to wear a mask. Those who fail to do so will be asked to leave.


While we are not currently planning to require a negative COVID test to attend, we strongly encourage all attendees to take a COVID test before traveling to the event and upon return. We also recommend that you bring a COVID self-test with you in case you feel unwell during your travels. Please remain at home/do not enter the event if you test positive for COVID or begin displaying symptoms.


While we strongly encourage all RustConf attendees to be up-to-date on their influenza shots, COVID vaccinations/boosters, and other preventative vaccines to reduce the spread of illness, we will not require proof of vaccination upon entry.

Food Allergies

If you are attending RustConf 2024 in person and have a food allergy we need to be aware of, please email us at


Our venue will feature a temporary ramp to accommodate all in person attendees who are unable to use the entry stairs. Once inside the building, there will be elevators and clear access paths to each main event area. The venue will have men’s, women’s, and gender-neutral restrooms. The venue’s wheelchair-accessible restroom may be under construction at the time of the event. If this is the case, we will ensure that there is a temporary wheelchair accessible restroom next to the entrance. All streamed talks will feature live captioning for our virtual attendees.

Code of Conduct

& On-Site Resources

By attending RustConf 2024, you are agreeing to abide by our Code of Conduct.

If you experience any issues onsite at RustConf, please follow the reporting process outlined in our Code of Conduct. Rust Foundation event staff will be easily identifiable at the event if you need help or if you would like to file a code of conduct violation. More information and resources will be shared with registered attendees closer to the event.

There will also be a help channel in our remote portal for virtual attendees or those wishing to receive assistance anonymously. More information to come.

Please email your hosts at the Rust Foundation if you have any questions about the RustConf 2024 Code of Conduct:

Local Safety &
Trauma Resources

Montreal Emergency & Police Phone Number:

Taxi Service Phone Number: 

+1 514-545-9794

Montreal Sexual Violence Resources: Hotline: 

1-888-933-9007 | Montreal Sexual Assault Centre

Canadian Human Rights Commission Resources:

File a discrimination complaint (National) | File a discrimination complaint (Quebec)

Once again, if you have questions about your health or safety at RustConf 2024, please don’t hesitate to email us at