About Toronto

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax?
    4 % hotel tax, is to be added to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) currently applied to every hotel room in the province
  • How much is the F&B tax?
    13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) *50% of tax could be refunded after completing individual application
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 18 – 22%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown?
    Toronto Pearson International Airport – 18 miles, Billy Bishop Airport – 2 miles
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    The Union Pearson Express, a high-speed train, runs from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto in just over 20 minutes
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    Adult one-way fare from Pearson to Union is $12.35 CAN  Group discounts are offered for conventions
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
    Shuttle bus fares vary depending on destination
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown?
    Cab fares to and from Pearson Airport are about $50–$60 CAN for downtown locations
  • How many daily flights into the airport?
    1,400 daily flights to and from Toronto
  • How many daily flights out of airport?
    1,400 daily flights to and from Toronto
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier?
    Air Canada, WestJet
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    Air Canada, WestJet, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, Air France, Air India, Air Transat, Alitalia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 14,000
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center?
    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is centrally located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance to over 11,000 hotel
  • How many headquarter hotel properties?
    Toronto offers many options.  We have two connected to the convention centre and we have four additional properties that are used often as HQ hotels that are in walking distance
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property?
    1,000 on peak depending on the time of year
  • Can you list hotels by rating? 5 star, 4 star, 3 star?
    Toronto has a vast array of properties ranging from boutique luxury hotels, limited-service properties to large luxury convention properties throughout the city to meet your needs

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 442,000 sq. ft.
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 200,000 sq. ft.
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center?
    129,000 sq. ft.
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have?
  • How big is the largest meeting room?
    50,000 sq. ft.
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have?
  • How big is the largest ballroom?
    Halls F&G – 50,000 sq. ft.
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    In 2018, a modification was completed in MTCC’s South Building. The renovation included the creation of eight new meeting rooms, offering events over 11,000 square feet of additional contemporary flexible space
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? N/A
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider?
    We work exclusively with Showtech Power and Lighting
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider?
    Our preferred partner is Encore, however we do not work with them exclusively
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator?
    Our preferred partner is GES, however we do not work with the exclusively
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer?
    Our F&B is prepared in-house by a world-class culinary team
  • Is the convention center a union property?
    Yes. It is also a right to work facility
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? Regular labor charge is CAD $49.00/hr
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center:
    • Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 506 as the exclusive bargaining agent for Licensor departments providing the following services: cleaning services, docks, event services, food and beverage and parking
    • SHOWTECH Power & Lighting, the exclusive supplier for electrical / mechanical services, has an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 353. Plumbers, Fitters, Welders – Local 46 represent the plumbing division of SHOWTECH Power & Lighting

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 3
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? 5
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center? 1000+
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?