The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place (Exhibition Place) is charged with the continued, long-term operation, management and maintenance of Exhibition Place lands as a strategic City asset on behalf of the City of Toronto.

Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, attracting over 5.3 million visitors a year and hosting over 300 events annually. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto’s and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to sports, conventions, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Since 2009, Exhibition Place has posted year-end surpluses totalling $12.6 million and has a positive economic impact on the City’s economy of $400 million annually.

The property is to be used for the purposes set out in section 406 of the City of Toronto Act and purposes approved by City Council, including the annual Canadian National Exhibition.

Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure for the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place.

Exhibition Place’s Strategic Plan 2014 – 2016 sets out its vision to foster Exhibition Place as an inclusive and accessible parkland and business destination for entertainment, recreation and sporting events, and public celebration; and in doing this, operate as a self-sustaining and environmentally responsible entity.

The mission of Exhibition Place is to:

  • Foster and promote business stimulation locally, nationally and internationally and to generate positive economic impacts and benefits;
  • Support local, national, and international celebrations;
  • Invest in, demonstrate and promote innovation in environmental sustainability;
  • Preserve, revitalize and enhance its historically significant public assets and parkland; and
  • Maintain long-term operational financial stability.

2014 Service Overview

Exhibition Place delivers services through: the Allstream Conference Centre, the National Soccer Stadium (BMO Field), Exhibition Place and the Direct Energy Centre.

Allstream Conference Centre

The Allstream Conference Centre is a new LEED Silver certified conference facility in the renovated historic Automotive Building reopened for business in 2009. This facility complements the event activities at the Direct Energy Centre, by attracting more international conferences, consumer and trade shows, exhibits, festivals and conventions to Toronto. It will be further enhanced with the opening of the new 400-room convention hotel next to it in 2015.

National Soccer Stadium

The National Soccer Stadium (BMO Field) is home to the Toronto Football Club, and the Canadian men’s and women’s national teams. The facility is the home of the Toronto FC and also provides a venue for international soccer matches. The stadium is also made available for community use. In 2015/16 this facility will see a major upgrade valued at $120.0 million by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Exhibition Place & Direct Energy Centre

Exhibition Place Operations and the Direct Energy Centre provide a focus for public celebrations and events, such as the Honda Indy Toronto, CHIN Picnic, and Toronto Caribbean Festival, while preserving the architecturally and historically significant structures on the grounds. The Direct Energy Centre is the largest trade and consumer show facility in Canada and the sixth largest in North America, with over 1.1 million square feet of contiguous space. Exhibition Place and the Direct Energy Centre are responsible for event management and asset management for the state-of-the-art facility, which has hosted events and shows such as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Toronto International Boat Show, National Home Show, One of a Kind Craft Show and Restaurants Canada. It is also a leader and a world class site for advanced “green” energy technology.

Since 1999, the Board of Governors has undertaken the revitalization of Exhibition Place which has introduced 7 major entertainment complexes to the grounds that has resulted in private sector investment of over $500 million. It has also worked with the Canadian National Exhibition Association to enable it to become an independent organization separate from the Board and the City on April 1, 2013.

2014 Operating Budget
Service 2014 Approved Budget ($000’s)
Exhibition Place & Direct Energy Centre
National Soccer stadium
Allstream Conference Centre

The Exhibition Place’s 2014 Capital Budget is $10.7 million.