Exhibition Place is a Toronto landmark serving as an entertainment, tradeshow and business destination and urban parkland on Toronto’s waterfront. The 192-acre Exhibition Place site is managed, operated, maintained and promoted by Exhibition Place (officially the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place), an agency of the City of Toronto.
Exhibition Place hosts over 350 events and attracts over 5.3 million visitors annually. It is home to the Allstream Centre, Enercare Centre, Beanfield Centre, Better Living Centre, Queen Elizabeth Building, Bandshell Park, the Coca-Cola Coliseum, BMO Field, and Hotel X and several heritage buildings.
Exhibition Place hosts annual trade and public exhibitions, international conferences and conventions, professional sports, entertainment, green technology fairs and public celebrations. These include the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto International Boat Show, National Home Show/Canada Blooms and One-of-a-Kind Craft Show.
Read Exhibition Place’s 2019 Budget for detailed budget information on Exhibition Place’s service activities.
Read Exhibition Place’s latest Strategic Plan which sets the direction and business activities for Exhibition Place.
The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place was established in 1983 under the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Act (repealed) and is continued as a City agency under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (COTA, 2006) for the purposes of the operation, management and maintenance of the Exhibition Place site. COTA, 2006 also sets out the permissible uses of the Exhibition Place lands including the hosting of the annual CNE.
Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 63, Exhibition Place sets out the governance of Exhibition Place including the agency’s mandate and the composition of its Board of Governors, which provides leadership and oversight of Exhibition Place. A Council-approved Relationship Framework further defines the relationship between the City and the agency and sets out Council’s delegated authorities and policy directions to the Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors consists of nine members appointed by City Council. It comprises four public members appointed through the City’s Public Appointments process and five City Council members, one of whom is the Mayor or Council member-designate. City Council appoints the Board Chair and the Board elects the Vice Chair from among its members.
Key Council Decisions
- City Council adopted EX24.27: Procedures By-law – Board of Governors of Exhibition Place (April 2017)
- City Council adopted EX21.4: Amendments to the Master Agreement between the Canadian National Exhibition Association, Exhibition Place and City of Toronto (January 2017)
- City Council adopted EX5.3: Amendment to Former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto By-law 25-85 “respecting the Management of Exhibition Place” (May 2015)
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