Exhibition Place Newslink

July 14, 2020


Toronto Public Health has adopted a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to allow certain businesses to reopen with specific requirements and protocols in place, including proper physical distancing. These orders continue to include the temporary curtailment of large public events & gatherings.


When Exhibition Place is able to resume and open safely, we have prepared a business events safe re-opening document that relates to the recovery of our business and how Exhibition Place is supporting our clients through the safe opening of larger gatherings. This is an ever evolving document and it is relevant to what today’s protocols would look like if we could hold larger gatherings - currently we are only allowed gatherings of up to 10 people.

Your Sales Account Executive will be reaching out to you directly to provide you with the Safe ReOpening Protocol.

Click here to watch a conversation with Laura Purdy, General Manager at Exhibition place about COVID19, reopening guidelines, and next steps.



The NHL has announced that Toronto and Edmonton won the nod as hub cities for the 2019-20 season to be completed; all-Canadian destinations that make the most sense in terms of safety amidst the COVID-19 panedemic.

For Toronto, the need for games in the Eastern Time Zone pitted them against few American sites willing to host games. A hub setting at Exhibition Place is the centre of the Toronto bid, and includes the 6,300-square-metre OVO Centre as a workout hub and the Coca-Cola Coliseum as the primary practice rink – both located within walking distance inside the bubble.

Hotel X will play home to the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The tennis centre and rooftop pool at Hotel X will enhance what could be a two-plus month stay for some teams.  Once players enter their respective hubs, the NHL is taking precautions to keep players and their cohorts protected from the threat of COVID-19. TSN’s Frank Seravalli notes that each bubble will be secured, meaning, no one will be able to enter or exit who is not authorized, and players won’t be permitted to enter each other’s rooms. Housekeeping will be provided every third day, and hotel bars/restaurants will be open and available in the bubble (with delivery from local restaurants available for pick-up).

It is reported that teams are slated to arrive in their hub cities by July 26. Games are reportedly set to begin on Aug. 1 and, if all players consistently test negative for COVID-19, the Stanley Cup finals would be in Edmonton sometime in October.

For further information, please visit: BlogTO, SportsNet, TRNTO



A proposal to create a “transportation innovation zone” (TIZ) at Exhibition Place is being presented to City Council next Thursday by  Don Boyle, the CEO of Exhibition Place, and Councillor James Pasternak, a veteran of City council who also chairs the Committee.

Princes’ Blvd., looking EastSaskatchewan Road, looking towards Dufferin St


Exhibition Place is an ideal site to create a “living lab” that would help the City learn about, and facilitate the local development of, emerging transportation technologies.  The idea is to create a real-world testing environment that could be used by researchers and industry, whose findings could help improve Toronto’s transportation network. "All those things that you couldn't otherwise do in the main core of a city, we could do here at Exhibition Place, so we're really excited”, said Don Boyle. The ExPlace grounds have 34 active intersections that lightly used in between events, making it the ideal place to test new ideas. As well, he said, Exhibition Place officials have the ability to control roads and parking areas across the site.

The report states the innovation zone could also generate economic development by attracting tech companies to the city, particularly small- and medium-sized ventures that can’t afford to build their own testing facilities.

City staff say technologies that could be tested in the zone include driverless vehicles designed to move people or goods, smart traffic signals and sensors, new paving materials, and strategies to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

Don Boyle said the plan would be in keeping with the site’s history as a venue used to showcase new technology. He noted that the Automotive Building was built on the grounds in 1929 to demonstrate early automobiles, and went on to host the Canadian National Motor Show for the next four decades. Exhibition Place also hosted the demonstration of Toronto’s first electric streetcar!

Don Boyle, CEO, at Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place.

A total of 39 pedestrians died on Toronto's streets in 2019, and Councillor James Pasternak said the testing ground would be all about making the streets safer for all users. "They are pedestrians at risk, motorists at risk, cyclists at risk. So this would very much support Vision Zero 2.0," Pasternak said, referring to the city's plan to cut the annual number of traffic-related deaths to as close to zero as possible. "And now we want to launch Vision Zero 3.0," he said. "And a lot of that is introducing new strategies for crosswalks, for signalled intersections, for automated speed control."

He also said it's a great opportunity for the city to establish itself as a world leader in transportation technology.

For media coverage from The Star and CBC please visit;





Exhibition Place partner Destination Toronto is also hosting an upcoming webinar that we also recommend.

This is the second of a three part series and focuses on how it’s more important than ever to adapt and incorporate new health and safety guidelines, while providing a positive guest and delegate experience with long-term profitability.

Join leaders from different facets of the tourism industry for a presentation and discussion on how businesses can plan, open, and engage with guests safely.


Janet Sellery, Sellery Health + Safety

Panel Discussion

Mike Bartlett, MLSE

Lisa Clements, AGO

Vito Curalli, Hilton Hotels

Terrence Eta, Toronto Bicycle Tours

David Hopkins, The Fifteen Group

Ron Pellerine, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

For more information and to register please visit