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Toronto

CANADA'S BIG LEAGUE DESTINATION WHERE THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST CONVENE

The energy in Canada’s boomtown sets your heart racing from the moment you arrive. Big, bold and brash – a contemporary, cosmopolitan glass city of skyscrapers lapping Lake Ontario’s shores. The best and brightest connect at conventions here, drawn by the city’s leading industries, research facilities and multicultural mosaic. After business sessions break: baseball, hockey, basketball and Broadway-bound theatre offer delegates a ticket to the big leagues. As Canada's top convention destination, and consistently ranked in North America’s top five, Toronto makes meeting planners shine.

Toronto by the Numbers

TOTAL GUEST ROOMS

38,000

TOTAL MEETING SPACE

Over 230,000 sq m | 2.5+ million sq ft

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

55,741 sq m | 600,000 sq ft |
4,470 Gala

Biggest hotel ballroom

2,321 sq m | 24,990 sq ft |
2,200 Gala

Experts to help you plan
Business Events Toronto

Entering Canada
Destination Canada

Time Zone
Eastern Time Zone

Current Time

This place is perfect for meetings that:

  • Meet where Canada’s corporate leaders are – Toronto is headquarters for 40% of Canada’s businesses
  • Incorporate industry and thought leadership expertise into their agenda – Toronto is home to Life Sciences, ICT, and Agri-food manufacturing experts, plus five universities are here
  • Celebrate diversity – 240 different cultures, and 130 languages and dialects meet in Toronto each day
  • Seek close-proximity to half of the U.S. population; quick, easy and direct flights land groups in Canada's largest city in less than a couple of hours 

You can count on:

  • Open hearts. Open minds. Toronto is open for business.
  • Abundant, diverse meeting and special events venues, including Canada’s largest convention centre, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Plenty of ways to entertain your group, inside and outside their meeting room
  • An eclectic, international dining scene, helmed by world-renowned chefs
  • Inspiring your delegates to return for their personal family vacations

Moving your people

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to registration desk: 30-minute drive

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to registration desk: 10-minute drive

UP Express connects Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to downtown’s Union Station

Bike Share Toronto lets you pedal Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods

VIA Rail connects you to nearby hubs in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal and all points east and west

 

BEFORE — AFTER — IN-BETWEEN MEETINGS

Planning Essentials

Get a good night’s rest

Toronto is a hub of familiar hotel brands including: Delta, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Omni, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheraton and Westin. Beyond the big brands, you can book eclectic downtown and boutique hotels that brim with character and charm.

Stretch your budget in Canada

It’s a fact. Event dollars go further in Canada. With the Canadian dollar hovering between 25 and 30% below the U.S. dollar, planners are encouraged to enhance their meeting experience here. Dollars saved on the program requirements can translate into more bells and whistles or your bottom line, you pick

Foreign Exchange

Biggest bang for your meeting buck

September to early December

January to March

Late April to June

Weather

Spring

3°C to 11°C

37.4°F to 51.8°F

Summer

17°C to 25°C

62.6°F to 77°F

Fall

9°C to 16°C

48.2°F to 60.8°F

Winter

-5°C to 1°C

23°F to 33.8°F

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Business Events Canada helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit