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September 22, 2006
Carpenters Union holds event in support of Toronto 2015 World Expo
The Carpenters Union, Central Ontario Regional Council, once again showed their support of Toronto’s bid for the 2015 World Expo, at this evening’s ExpoNight. The evening allowed members of various areas of the development sector, as well as key bid representatives, to come together and discuss the benefits that hosting a World Expo will bring to Toronto, especially for the construction and manufacturing industries.

“An Expo in Toronto would create thousands of construction jobs, so it’s only natural for us to support it,” said Mike Yorke, Vice President and Director Political Action, Central Ontario Regional Council. “We’re proud to be supporting a project that will allow us to showcase our craftsmanship to the world. In fact, next year marks our 125th anniversary. A World Expo would be a great way to involve the next generation of carpenters in building a legacy in Toronto.”

The Carpenters Union, Central Ontario Regional Council, has mounted a successful postcard campaign encouraging members across Canada and others to write to Prime Minister Harper asking him to back the bid. The campaign has even garnered support from Mayor Michael Di Biase of the City of Vaughan, who has signed a postcard. And, at last week’s Canada Council of Carpenters meeting in Niagara Falls, over 142 delegates passed a resolution of support for the bid, bringing over 70,000 members on board across the country.

Toronto Mayor David Miller welcomed the support. “This is indicative of the type of support we’re getting across the board from labour, business, community groups and residents of Toronto,” Miller said. “This is truly going to be a World Expo that involves everyone and showcases the best of our ingenuity, creativity, and diversity to the world.”

“At the Toronto 2015 World Expo Corporation, we continue to work hard to build support for the bid. That means engaging as many people from as many industries and as many walks of life as possible, which is why we are so pleased to have the support of the Carpenters Union,” said Michel Frappier, Toronto 2015’s Chief Operating Officer.

So far support for the bid has been very positive. In a recent poll conducted by the Toronto Star, 83 per cent of people living in the GTA support Toronto’s bid to host the 2015 World Expo. Toronto has until November 3 to submit a formal letter to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The BIE will select the host site for the 2015 World Expo at its meeting in Paris in February 2008.

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

Media contact:

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



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