This leaves, for now, the Montreal and Toronto auto shows as the main Canadian events.
Automakers remain unwilling to commit to these shows.
New car dealer associations recognize the value of in-person auto shows. There really isn’t anything like a massive venue covered in shiny new cars, SUVs, and trucks. Historically, at least for the larger shows such as the Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver events, automakers were involved.
Unfortunately, without financial support from companies, the ongoing global supply chain issues, and the ever-looming possibility of COVID, few are willing to commit tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for such an event. As such, the 2023 edition of the Vancouver auto show which was scheduled for March 22-26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, will not take place.
The New Car Dealers Association of B.C. said, as reported by Automotive News Canada:
“For the last several months, we have been working with vehicle manufacturers and other partners in anticipating of returning in-person to celebrate the 100th edition of the traditional auto show in March.” They added that without the solid participation of manufacturers, they “are unable to produce the kind of quality show that both we and auto enthusiasts from across the province have come to expect.”
Currently, the 2023 Montreal auto show is scheduled from January 20th to the 29th while the 2023 Toronto auto show will be held from February 17th to the 26th.