October 14, 2020
Toronto and Alberta Gift + Home Market Updates
Our top priority is to keep our community safe. After thoughtful debate and consideration for all stakeholders, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Gift Association made the difficult decision to cancel the Toronto Gift + Home Market, scheduled for January 31 - February 4, 2021 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Given the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Ontario Government’s current restrictions regarding large scale events, cancelling the market was the only responsible decision at this time.
We are fortunate that the Province of Alberta currently permits in-person trade shows with safety protocols in place. Rather than scheduling the next market during the traditional February date pattern, the Board has made the decision to open the Alberta Gift + Home Market from April 18 - 21, 2021. We see this as an opportunity for our exhibitors and retailers from both markets to participate in an available platform for conducting face-to-face business.
We want you to know that we miss you! The energy at our in-person markets grows more vibrant with every show. Our goal is to provide you with alternative business opportunities until we can come together again. After completing our first-ever Virtual Market in September, we surveyed our community of both wholesale companies and retail buyers to see what they need most. The survey showed an overwhelming response to keep connecting digitally and to pair virtual opportunities with our in-person events in the future. This feedback was extremely important to building a sustainable plan for the CanGift community as we navigate through this unprecedented time.
We are planning additional virtual programming for 2021 with enhanced features and extended platform abilities. Stay tuned for exciting details in the coming weeks.
The CanGift Team
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