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May 21, 2020
Toronto Gift + Home Market
After much discussion and in consultation with the Canadian Gift Association retail community, we are saddened to announce the cancellation of our Fall 2020 Toronto Gift + Home Market, scheduled for August 9 - 12. We feel this is the only responsible decision given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves.
We are committed to giving our customers a safe and enjoyable experience at the Toronto Gift + Home Market. We look forward to coming together for the Spring 2021 Market, running January 31 – February 4.
Until then, we are working with our facility partner, the Toronto Congress Centre, and support the new measures they are putting in place through their C.H.A.S.E.TM (Customer Health and Safety Ensured) program. We are focused on ensuring that when we meet again, we will do so in a healthy and safe manner.
April 16, 2020
Alberta Gift + Home Market
We are saddened to announce the cancellation of the Fall 2020 Alberta Gift + Home Market scheduled for August 23-26 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. The venue is currently being repurposed by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Health Sciences and is serving as a day programming facility for vulnerable members of the community. It is not known when it will open for trade shows and as a result of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CanGift Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the market.
Over the past few weeks, we have been working hard to develop programs that support the relationship between wholesale companies and retailers as well as provide you with knowledge on how to navigate the health of your business during this unprecedented time. We are as committed as ever to delivering opportunities that will assist your retail business and support the gift industry going forward.
We encourage you to stay connected with us. We are regularly sharing useful and insightful information by email, social media, webinars and on our blog. Our team is planning to launch new initiatives to bridge the social distancing gap between wholesalers and retailers.
At this time, the Spring 2021 market is not affected, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Alberta Gift + Home Market, February 21-24, 2021.
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay connected.
Chair, Board of Directors
President & CEO