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Toronto’s CNE May Close Its Gates Forever If It Doesn’t Get Help Soon

A petition has been started to save the fair.

Toronto Staff Writer

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is once again struggling to survive after being cancelled for the second year in a row.

According to City Councillor Mike Layton, the 142-year-old tradition could now close its doors for good if it doesn't get help from the government.

"Despite 2 years of cancelled fairs, only the City of Toronto has provided meaningful support to the not for profit that runs the fair. Without support from the province and national government - the fair will close permanently," Layton tweeted.

The councillor is now encouraging Torontonians to sign a petition that calls on the federal and provincial governments to contribute $5.5 million each to support the CNE.

It's worth noting, that the City of Toronto had previously provided financial support to the CNE in 2020 and is set to do so again in 2021.

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