Aug 20, 2013
By Scott Walker
Mayor Rob Ford is asking for a meeting with the Prime Minister to talk about Toronto’s bid for the 2025 World’s Fair.
City Council voted last year to commission a feasibility study on hosting the fair. In the meantime, the federal government decided to pull out of the International Bureau of Expositions to save money. That would give Canada no presence on the body that chooses the host countries, and would essential doom Toronto’s bid.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, with whom the Mayor has a close relationship, Ford points out that both Montreal and Vancouver saw the benefits of hosting a world’s fair. Those benefits include job creation, increased tourism, and infrastructure investment by all levels of government.
Membership in the Bureau of Expositions costs $25,000 a year. It’s estimated a world’s fair carries a potential $13-billion benefit for the host city.