The very first edition of the Canadian International AutoShow, back then simply called “Toronto Auto Show” is held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Set up by the Toronto Automotive Dealers Association “TADA” (today’s Trillium Automobile Dealers Association) the AutoShow welcomed 85,000 visitors to it’s 100,000 sq ft large show floor. A tiny beginning, compared to today’s internationally recognized AutoShow.


In 1986, after 12 years at the International Centre, the AutoShow moves to the location we have been calling home ever since: the newly built Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“To the south there was nothing because Bremner didn’t exist, and the Rogers Centre didn’t exist. But the most important thing was that there was Union Station, the GO train and the TTC subways, as well as all that parking.”

Tom Tonks – Former General Manager of the AutoShow


In 1991 it was time for another expansion of the AutoShow. The Rogers Centre, back then known as the “Sky Dome”, was finished in 1989 and used as part of the AutoShow venue from 1991 until 1998, expanding floor space to a whopping 800,000+ sq ft!

The AutoShow later returned to the Rogers Centre between 2001 and 2008.


1999 and the Y2K craze came and went and unlike some predictions, the world did in fact not end. Wonderful, isn’t it? That meant the 2000 Canadian International AutoShow was able to move ahead just as planned and with it came a higher focus on design and artistic elements.

2020 - 2022

The 2020 Canadian International AutoShow was one of the last major global events before the COVID-19 pandemic paused the life as we knew it. The AutoShow closed its doors in February 2020 to a world of uncertainty, unknowing that the 2021 and 2022 AutoShow will have to be cancelled.

But for 2023, AutoShow is back! Canada’s total automotive experience will once again open it’s doors from February 16 – 27, 2023!


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