Earlier this year, in mid-March to be exact, the Quebec Auto Show had just taken place and the Calgary event was just under way when the coronavirus hit Canada and caused a nationwide shutdown of public events. Now, with cases surging as the second wave of the pandemic hits most regions of the country, organizers of the two auto shows have chosen to cancel the 2021 editions.
The move comes three weeks after organizers of the Montreal Auto Show, normally held in January, pulled the plug on the 2021 edition of that event; they will put together a virtual online auto show instead.
Organizers of the event officially known as the Calgary International Auto and Truck Show held a meeting recently and decided it was more prudent to cancel the event rather than risk putting anyone’s health at risk. The costs associated with preparing for a show that might never have been held surely had a hand in leading organizers to pull the plug for 2021.
“Like everyone else, we are unsure what the landscape will look like a few months from now, so the only responsible decision we could make was to cancel the show and the gala for 2021.”