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October 25, 2006
Survey shows strong public support for Expo 2015
GTA Residents Want Ontario and Federal Governments to Support Bid

TORONTO, ON (October 25, 2006) - Three quarters (75%) of residents in the Greater Toronto Area - both within the City of Toronto and in the surrounding communities - personally support a Toronto bid to host a World Expo in 2015. They also want their Federal and Provincial governments to back the bid, a new Ipsos Reid survey showed today.

The survey of 800 respondents, half in the City of Toronto and half in surrounding GTA communities, conducted October 19-22 showed that:

• 75% personally support the bid for the World Expo;
• 75% want to see the Federal Government give support to the bid;
• 73% want to see the Provincial Government back the bid;
• 78% say hosting the World Expo would provide them with a sense of community pride; and,
• 78% would attend the World Expo if it were held in Toronto in 2015.

“Every poll that has come out in the past year has shown that an overwhelming percentage of people support Toronto’s World Expo bid and they want the Provincial and Federal governments to do so as well,” said City Councillor Brian Ashton, Chair of the Toronto 2015 World Expo Steering Committee. “With the November 2 deadline for submitting a bid letter rapidly approaching, it’s now up to all governments to find a way of making it happen.”

Most respondents to the survey said they were even more likely to support the bid when informed of the significant community benefits that will result from a World Expo being held in Toronto. A Toronto World Expo in 2015 is projected to create 215,000 jobs in Canada, with 160,000 of those in the Greater Toronto Area. An estimated $13.5 billion in new economic activity will occur in Canada and Ontario, with $8.1 billion of that generated in the Greater Toronto Area. A Toronto World Expo in 2015 would also lead to major developments and improvements on Toronto’s waterfront.

“One of the interesting things about the survey is that support in the GTA communities outside of the City of Toronto is just as strong as in the City” said Ipsos Reid’s Senior Vice President John Wright. “For example, 74% in the GTA communities back the bid while 75% in Toronto back it, 72% in the GTA communities want the Ontario government to back the bid, while 74% in Toronto want Provincial support.”

About Toronto 2015 World Expo Corporation

The Toronto 2015 World Expo Corporation is a subsidiary of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO). TEDCO is designated as Toronto’s principal redevelopment entity. To keep up to date on the latest news about Toronto 2015 World Expo, subscribe to the ExpoUpdate newsletter at

For further information, please contact:

Rosalynd Rupert, Devon Group
416-504-5151 ext. 302



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