Exhibition Place Newslink

June 29, 2020


Exhibition Place has embarked upon a 3rd-party independent certification process establishing standardized cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention through the Global Biorisk Advisory Council to achieve a GBAC Star Facility Certification. Our goal is to ensure all Exhibition Place venues have illustrated their compliance, knowledge and implementation of the standards within the Internationally recognized cleaning program to be at the highest level of cleanliness possible to ensure a safe environment for our attendees, clients and employees. Communication to attendees, clients will occur through digital, signage using a variety of communications channels.

The GBAC STAR Program will enable Exhibition Place to:

1) Establish and maintain a standardized cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to control and/or minimize risk associated with infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2 (responsible for COVID-19 disease) for employees, customers, clients, visitors, the community, and the environment

2) Provide assurance and establish confidence that proper cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention work practices are in place and implemented

3) Establish a framework for communication and raising awareness of best practices as they relate to cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.



Since April, our team has been participating on National and International Recovery Task Forces working on Strategy, Advocacy and a Framework for Reopening the Exhibition, Meetings and Convention Industry, to restart our economy. Over the past few months, the team at Exhibition Place have also been consulting with Industry Associations, Government and Public Health Officials in the development of a Framework for reopening Exhibition Place’s convention centres and exhibition halls; in anticipation of the Provincial Government entering Phase III of the Pandemic Recovery. Exhibition Place is currently working with Government on approvals of our Protocol document. With these approvals in place, we will share the Exhibition Place Business Events Safe Opening Protocol and host virtual information sessions with our clients to walk through the document.



Toronto and Peel Region entered Stage 2 of Ontario's restart phase on Wednesday, June 24th, allowing a longer list of shuttered businesses to reopen. The two regions have been eagerly awaiting this announcement for the last few weeks as most other regions in the province moved to Stage 2 of the government’s “Framework for Reopening our Province.”

What can open in Stage 2?

  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios
  • Daycares, with limits on the number of children at each facility
  • Select personal care services such as tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair and beauty salons
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries
  • Water recreational facilities, such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks
  • Camping at private campgrounds
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing


Source – CTV News



As per the Stage Two re-openings sanctioned above, Exhibition Place’s splash pad officially opened this past Friday!  The PanAm splash pad also serves as a public art installation, a legacy of the Pan Am Games; the cylindrical sculpture in the middle of the pad is emblazoned with the names of 51 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games sports. 

The splash pad is located in Centennial Park and the public washrooms are also open.  Bring the kids for some fun in the sun!

CLICK HERE For further information on other public splashpads and pools re-opening under the City’s SwimTO program.



We have great news!  Despite delays due to COVID-19, such as supply lines being squeezed, labour forces being thinned out, and the project being deemed non-essential commercial work, we are back on track to have our pedestrian bridge ready in November as originally planned!  Here is an update on construction from NORR Architects;

  • The pier is being constructed right now and the piles and pile cap have been completed
  • The steel pier will be craned into place in July and the main structural steel will be erected in early August. This is currently scheduled for the first week of August; this will be the exciting big lift of the bridge onto the support!
  • Glazing and roofing close in will follow in the month of August and spill into September.

View from the south, looking north to Enercare Centre

Huge thanks to NORR, Ellis Don, and all the staff of Beanfield Centre and Hotel X for working cooperatively to overcome so many challenges thrown our way by COVID-19 and get us back on track for final completion!  We should all be able to take an inaugural walk across the bridge in mid-November; we’ll keep you posted on details of a ribbon cutting ceremony!

For further information on the project, please visit the Urban Toronto website;




Last week, The CAEM Exposition Recovery Taskforce finalized the proposed “Canadian Exhibition Industry – Safe Reopening Guidelines”. You can view the guidelines HERE, along with the follow-up letters that CAEM sent to each of the Provinces HERE.

  1. has launched a new letter writing campaign, and WE NEED YOUR HELP reaching politicians in your Province, and explaining that the exhibition industry has a comprehensive plan and is committed to reopening safely and responsibly.

CAEM is advocating for a clear distinction between exhibitions and mass gatherings, and for government to review our Safe Reopening Guidelines. We are ready to engage in meaningful dialogue with policymakers on how we can collaborate to reopen exhibitions safely in the fall.

  1. your letter of support now and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

Here are FOUR EASY actions to take IMMEDIATELY:

  1. Advocate individually to the member of provincial Parliament in the riding where you live. SUBMIT LETTER HERE.
  2. Advocate individually to the member of provincial Parliament in the riding(s) where your show(s) are located. SUBMIT LETTER HERE.
  3. Share this email with everyone in your professional network (employees, co-workers, colleagues and friends in the industry) and encourage them to participate.
  4. Share this link (https://caem.ca/covid-19-resources/advocacy-campaign-safe-reopening/) on all your social media channels and encourage everyone you know in the industry to join CAEM’s advocacy campaign.

IMPORTANT: This letter writing campaign is open to ALL individuals in the Canadian exposition industry, including both CAEM members and the industry at large. Whether you operate on the show management side of the business or you are a supplier to the industry, and whether you are a business owner or an individual employed in our industry, we encourage you to participate in this critical initiative and share the opportunity widely with others in the exhibition sector.