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Top 10 Canadian Trade Shows

If you’re looking to broaden your exhibiting exposure in Canada, we’ve assembled a top 10 list of shows that are worth your effort. Selecting which shows to exhibit at can be one of the most challenging decisions when planning your events.

To help with this challenge, we’ve assembled a list of the top 10 established trade shows in Canada according to TSNN. Their top 50 Canadian trade shows in 2014 is a great reference that can help you determine which shows are worth your investment, time, and have the potential of yielding optimal ROI. Although the list represents the top 50 shows of 2014, many of these shows are held annually so you can watch for them in 2015 and 2016!


According to TSNN, the top 10 Canadian trade shows include:

#1 Canada’s Farm Progress Show – Evraz Place, Regina, Saskatchewan
An agricultural industry trade show, this international show focuses on dryland farming practices. Canada’s Farm Progress Show is held annually.

Dates: June 15 – 17, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 852
Number of Attendees: 39,736
NSF: 1,232,670

#2 Global Petroleum Show (GPS) – Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta
One of the largest energy exhibitions in the industry, GPS is a powerful platform that brings together individuals from 20,000 companies and from over 100 countries. Held annually, GPS offers governments, national and independent oil companies, and local organizations opportunities to build relationships, source new markets, and network within the international energy community. GPS is held annually.

Dates: June 7 – 9, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 2,126
Number of Attendees: 53,305
NSF 739,142

#3 Toronto Gift Fair (Spring) – The International Centre & Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto
This event is Canada’s largest temporary trade gift show. The Toronto Gift Fair provides gift retailers with a unique and professional buying experience with over 1,800 exhibitors each year. This event is held annually, both in January and in August.

Dates: January 31 – February 4, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 925
Number of Attendees: 13,042
NSF: 415,530

#4 The Canadian Home Furnishings Market (TCHFM) – The International Center, Toronto
This is Canada’s only wholesale furniture show, attracting thousands of qualified retailers, designers, decorators, and industry professionals. Held annually, TCHFM brings hundreds of leading manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers.

Dates: May 28 – 30, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 242
Number of Attendees: 4,826
NSF: 391,013

#5 Toronto Gift Fair (Fall) – August – The International Centre & Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto
The Toronto Gift Fair is held annually in both January and August. August’s stats are as follows:

Dates: August 7 – 10, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 833
Number of Attendees: 10,582
NSF: 387,428

#6 Agri-Trade Farm Equipment Expo – Red Deer, Alberta
This is Western Canada’s best showcase of equipment and technology in the Agriculture industry. Held annually, the event attracts high-quality buyers from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Agri-Trade has a very loyal exhibitor base, with a majority of exhibitors returning for over 25 years.

Dates: November 11 – 14, 2015
Number of Exhibitors: 425
Number of Attendees: 23,000
NSF: 325,000

#7 Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) – Evraz Place, Regina, Saskatchewan
This annual livestock and commercial trade show has been held in Regina, Sk every November since 1971. CWA is known as the largest cattle show in the country and offers an extensive range of lifestyle and agribusiness exhibits.

Dates: November 23 – 28, 2015
Number of Exhibitors: 430
Number of Attendees: 125,000
NSF: 229,923

#8 PPPC National Convention and Trade Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Canada’s largest promotional products industry trade show attracts nationwide professionals, members of PPPC and their invited clients. It’s the perfect opportunity to accumulate CEU points towards accreditation, network with peers, see the latest innovations in the New Products Salon and stay informed on industry trends.

Dates: January 25 – 29, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 232
Number of Attendees: 1,717
NSF: 175,000

#9 The Buildings Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
The Buildings Show is Canada’s largest construction expo and conference and includes Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, and Concrete Canada in the South Building, and Construct International and IIDEXCanada in the North Building. Influential buyers and decision-makers of the design, construction and real estate industries attend this annual event.

Dates: December 2 – 4, 2015
Number of Exhibitors: 1,600
Number of Attendees: 30,000
NSF: 171,526

#10 Truck World 2014 – The International Centre, Toronto
This is Canada’s largest trade show for the trucking industry, bringing exhibitors from Canada and the US to display trucks, trailers, software, equipment, tools and services for the professional industry. Truck World includes the Vocational Truck & Equipment Expo and is held annually.

Dates: April 14 – 16, 2016
Number of Exhibitors: 422
Number of Attendees: 16,065
NSF: 160,000

For the complete list of the top 50 Canadian trade shows, visit

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About the Author

Mary Buffa is Skyline Exhibits' Senior Account Executive, with 15 years of marketing and trade show experience. Mary is a passionate and talented business professional, actively networking and helping clients with their South Western Ontario trade show displays. She has been recognized and awarded for the Top Sales Excellence Award and is well known for her personable nature and professionalism.

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