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2022 Toronto Autoshow cancelled due to surge in Covid-19 cases

Ontario reintroduced capacity limits to battle Omicron variant.

By Kunal Dsouza Wheels.ca

Dec 16, 2021 2 min. read

Article was updated 7 months ago

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The 2022 Toronto Autoshow has been cancelled as Ontario grapples with yet another wave of Covid-19 cases, this time fueled by the rapidly progressing Omicron variant.

“It is with great regret that we have to make this announcement, but the health and wellbeing of our community needs to be our first priority,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the Canadian International AutoShow. “What has been clear over the past few months in our discussions with our consumers and our manufacturer partners is how much they all value our in-person live AutoShow event experience, and how hungry they all were for it to return.

“We had been working hard in recent months for the AutoShow to return in a big way, but in light of the recent developments, and in consultation and agreement with our manufacturer and sponsor partners, we have agreed that it’s best to set 2022 plans aside to best support the health and safety of our community. We want to thank all of our AutoShow partners, sponsors, exhibitors and consumers for their interest in coming back in 2022, but can assure them we’ll be back bigger than ever in 2023 for what will be our 50th year.”

Manufacturers and exhibitors were in the midst of preparation for the show, which was supposed to run in February, and it is unfortunate that all plans have to be put on hold.

Ontario has reintroduced capacity limits for large indoor spaces that can hold more than 1000 people to 50 per cent.

The Toronto Autoshow held at the Metro Toronto Convention centre can see annual attendance in excess of 330,000 people so it’s not surprising that the decision to cancel the show has been made.

The last in-person autoshow ran in February of 2020, and is now expected to make its return in 2023 for what will be its 50th year.

There are no immediate plans for a virtual event.

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