- Canada’s 19 major convention centres offer some 3 million square feet of rentable function space of which 61% is exhibition space, 21% is meeting space and 18% is ballroom space. Between 2004 and 2006, average building occupancy increased by 11%.
- Our 19 members collectively host some 8,000 meetings, conventions, exhibitions and related events per year. Approximately 48% of these are meetings, 9% are conventions and conferences, 5% are trade or consumer shows and 38% are banquet, social or special events.
- The overall economic impact resulting from events taking place in our 16 centres each year is estimated to be in excess of $2.5 billion. Our members directly employ 3600 full and part time staff with a total payroll of over $80 million.
- In addition to economic and employment benefits, our members also promote education and professional development, support trade and investment initiatives, create showcases for local products and services and enhance the business profile of their respective destinations.