Accessibility @ the CNE: An Update

Although its work in this area has just begun, the CNEA made significant progress in its first year. The Ontario Disability Employment Network helped the organization to implement a more inclusive hiring initiative and the Association achieved its goal for 2017. The CNEA also worked with an accessibility specialist who assessed staff training sessions and conducted a site audit to determine where improvements could be made in terms of accessibility.

Entertaining Canadians since 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition Association has always embraced the rich diversity of Toronto and the region.

As the organization continues to evolve, a major priority for the CNEA in the months and years to come is in the area of Accessibility.

In the fall of 2016, the CNEA established an Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.

In 2017, after months of careful consideration and public consultation, the Advisory Council recommended that a cultural change take place at the CNEA in terms of Accessibility in areas including: Employment, Admissions, Customer Experience and Governance. The CNEA has developed a five-year plan for the roll-out of its new Accessibility initiatives.

Although its work in this area has just begun, the CNEA made significant progress in its first year. The Ontario Disability Employment Network helped the organization to implement a more inclusive hiring initiative and the Association achieved its goal for 2017. The CNEA also worked with an accessibility specialist who assessed staff training sessions and conducted a site audit to determine where improvements could be made in terms of accessibility.

Last summer, for the first time ever, the CNEA produced an Accessibility Guide for the fair, which it will be expanding upon for the 2018 event.

Ultimately, the CNEA aims to become an inclusive destination in terms of entertainment and innovation for persons with disabilities. It aspires to be an industry leader in this area. A first step in this direction was taken last November when the CNEA led a session on Accessibility at the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions conference in Montréal, Québec.

Tickets for Persons Facing Financial Barriers

The CNEA has partnered with ministries and departments within the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, to help identify vulnerable populations in order to make 20,000 free CNE passes available for those who face financial barriers.

Further information about this program will be available at TheEx.com as of July 4, 2018.

CNE’s Major New Attraction in 2018

This summer, the CNE is proud to present Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light, a major new attraction that promises to be “one of the largest indoor lantern festivals in the world!”

Larger-than-life exotic lanterns, stories high in stature, will create a luminous kaleidoscope of colour bringing the “CNE to light” in a dramatic new way. This stunning series of 17 illuminated synthetic silk sculpture installations will be positioned throughout the Enercare Centre’s Hall D for everyone to discover and enjoy every day of the CNE. (August 17 to September 3, 2018)

For complete details about What’s On at the 2018 CNE, please visit TheEx.com.

Moving Forward – 2018 Admissions Policy

As announced in 2017, the CNE Admissions Policy for persons with disabilities is changing this year.

In keeping with other Toronto attractions such as the Toronto Zoo, a CNE guest with a disability receives a 50 percent discount on a regularly-priced admission ticket upon self-declaration to CNE gate staff at this year’s event.  This discount applies to “in-person” (at the entry gates) purchases only.

If a guest with a disability requires assistance during their CNE visit, they receive complimentary admission for their support person upon presentation of an Access 2 Entertainment Card*.

CNE Onsite Services

To learn more about the following services, please visit: TheEx.com

  • TTC Wheel Trans Drop-Off Location
  • Scouts Canada onsite Wheelchair and Scooter Rentals
  • CNE EXpress Train wheelchair locations
  • Change Table

You can also contact: 416-263-3330 or info@theex.com for further information.

All programming is subject to change. *Maximum one attendant for each paying guest.

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