The Canadian National Exhibition has been cancelled for the second year in a row after the City of Toronto announced it was cancelling all in-person major events through to Labour Day.
CNE officials say this puts the annual fair, one of Canada’s longest-standing events, in jeopardy moving forward. Last year’s cancellation resulted in a $128 million loss to the province; and more than $35 million of lost potential earnings from ticket sales, exhibitor commitments, sponsorships and other income streams as a result of its cancellation.
Adequate covid relief funding from all levels of government will be needed to get the fair back on the calendar for next year.
“The CNEA is committed to working closely with its many partners, including the City of Toronto and provincial and local public health authorities, to plan towards a phenomenal event in 2022, when we can again come together in large numbers to celebrate,” said John Kiru, President of the Canadian National Exhibition Board of Directors. “But we need adequate COVID-relief funding from the federal and provincial governments to see it through.”
Last year’s historic decision to cancel the fair marked only the second occasion (WWII) in its 142-year history.
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