Health measures that restricted in-person events prevented the fair from operating in 2020 and 2021.
The organization that runs the fair has said the cancellations cost millions in losses and missed revenue.
Darrell Brown, CEO of the Canadian National Exhibition Association, said earlier this week there’s a lot riding on this year’s event, which continues through Sept. 5.
The CNE is set to open during a strike by unionized safety inspectors working for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, who have raised concerns about how rides are being examined during the labour action.
The CNE previously said it has taken steps to ensure the strike doesn’t affect the safety of visitors, staff or vendors, and has its own engineering team to carry out inspections on top of those performed by the TSSA’s non-union staff and management.
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