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McGuinty Government Invests In Canadian National Exhibition

Ontario is supporting tourism in Toronto by providing $342,000 to support the Canadian National Exhibition's (CNE) marketing efforts and help fund a major new outdoor event called Jump Jet.

Jump Jet is a circus theatre performance that features cutting edge pyrotechnic and aerial stunts. It will play nightly as part of this year's exhibition, which run August 15-September 1.

The CNE contributes to the province's tourism economy by attracting about 1.25 million visitors each year.

Quick Facts

  • The CNE is the fifth largest annual fair in North America.
  • The CNE is listed as one of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in North America in 2008 by the American Bus Association.
  • The exhibition helps to boost the local economy through job creation. Leading up to the fair, the CNE hires approximately 1,200 people. An additional 3,500 people are hired during the fair itself.

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“The Canadian National Exhibition is one of Ontario’s premier tourist attractions. The exhibition offers a compelling reason to visit our province and encourages tourists to experience other great Ontario attractions.”

Peter Fonseca

Minister of Tourism

“The CNE has a long tradition of contributing to the Ontario economy. We’re pleased that Ontario recognizes the economic benefits that this fair brings to the province and we look forward to maintaining a strong partnership.”

David Bednar

General Manager, Canadian National Exhibition Association



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