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5 reasons to organize your business events in Canada

Looking for a destination for your business events? Canada has everything you need!

Canada has become a destination of choice for many organizations as it offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and activities, a rich culture and state-of-the-art facilities. These benefits attract many visitors and organizations from all over the world every year.

But why is our country considered as THE destination for business events? JPdL gives you 5 reasons to organize your next event in Canada. 


Geographical and Climatic Diversity

Do you want to take your team to the great outdoors? Canada is famous for its incredible landscapes and beautiful horizons. Your attendees can discover majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, lush forests, national parks and nature reserves. As the seasons change, the Canadian sights and colors are constantly changing, providing the perfect backdrop for corporate events and an unforgettable experience for participants.

During your corporate trips, your groups will have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of outdoor activities. From snowmobiling to whale watching, to dog sledding to a wilderness safari. Whatever the season you choose, Canada will offer a variety of activities, adapted to the climate, enriching and authentic.


Dynamic and Multicultural Destinations

Are you looking for cultural experiences in a dynamic environment? Canadian culture is known to be extremely rich and diverse. Canadian cities are cultural and economic centers that offer unique experiences for business travelers. Corporate events in Canada can include many cultural activities such as: visits to historical sites, museums, art galleries or participation in festivals which make corporate trips to Canada original and unique events.

The country is also known for its gastronomy and the quality of its food service. Once there, don’t miss the opportunity to offer your team tastings of local cuisine!

Among its most dynamic cities is Montreal, which hosts about 100 events and festivals each year and can be considered the country’s orchestra conductor. The diversity of its inhabitants, languages and cultures makes this city a multicultural metropolis with an international reputation.

In the east of the country, we also find Toronto, the country’s financial hub. Like Montreal, its geographic location and the influence of European and American cultures make it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

On the west coast, we find Vancouver, which is more influenced by Asia and the American West. Vancouver is known for quality of life due to its climate and accessibility to nature.  Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life, and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city to rank in the top-ten of the world’s most liveable cities for five years in a row. No matter where you are in the city, you will be treated to breathtaking views.


Business Opportunities

Is your goal to expand your network and meet new business partners? Canada is one of the richest countries in the world and has a robust economy. Canadian companies are renowned for their innovation, technology and modern entrepreneurial spirit. The country’s size and geographic position are also an advantage to national and international trade and commerce. Indeed, thanks to its common border with the United States, and its openness to Europe and Asia, the country is often a gateway or a strategic passage point to new global markets.

Canada is a favorite destination for businesses for the market, networking and partnership opportunities that local organizations provide.


State-of-the-Art Facilities

Whatever your objective is, Canada will have what you need! Because of its economic and technological advantages, Canada invests heavily in the development of modern and sustainable facilities. The event industry benefits enormously from this, especially when it comes to venues for large-scale events.

Regardless of where you choose to hold your event, you will have access to suitable and accessible venues. These facilities offer modern, well-equipped meeting spaces, exhibition halls and catering options to meet all the needs of event organizers.

For example, one of the most recognized, the Palais des congrès de Montréal, hosted 180 events in 2022. These included 28 conventions, some 40 exhibitions, 100 conferences and various galas. Its unique, contemporary, sophisticated and versatile architecture and, above all, its accessibility make this venue a reference in terms of corporate events.

Among the important facilities in Canada, we can also mention hotels, theaters, shopping malls, and for some cities, the underground passages that link these infrastructures together. Canada’s meeting infrastructure helps boost the hospitality sector by adapting to the needs of its visitors.

In many cases, the quality of installations is guaranteed thanks to certifications:

  • Edmonton Convention Centre: ASTM, Green Key level five certification plus certified Climate Smart business.
  • Palais des Congrès de Montréal : BOMA Best Silver certification, International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Gold-level certification for quality and management performance granted by the (AIPC), iCompli Sustainability certification that recognizes Montréal and the Palais as leading destinations for environmentally responsible events.
  • Niagara Falls Convention Center: CaGBC Silver Level LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
  • Metro-Toronto Convention Centre: BOMA GO Green for being a commercial building showing environmental leadership and best practices, TIAO Sustainable Tourism Award, CaGBC LEED® Gold Facility (South Building)
  • Vancouver Convention Centre: PCMA Environmental Leadership Award, LEED® Platinum certification for New Construction (West Building), LEED® Platinum certification for Existing Buildings (East Building): Operations and Maintenance. This makes the Centre the first double LEED® Platinum convention center in the world.
  • Shaw Centre/Ottawa: AIPC Best Convention Centre in the World, AIPC Gold certification, LEED Gold certification
  • Quebec City Convention Centre: LEED® Canada-CI (commercial interior design), Gold level, LEED-BE (existing building), Silver level, BOMA BEST, level 3


Commitment to the Future

By choosing Canada, you are choosing a destination that is committed to putting forth initiatives for a sustainable future! 

In 2022, Destination Canada launched its first-ever sustainable development plan for Canadian business events. This plan aims to reduce the country’s environmental impact and promote sustainability in the business events industry. Initiatives include reducing waste and carbon emissions, supporting local communities and promoting sustainable practices among event stakeholders. 

This initiative is part of a broader effort to promote sustainable tourism and position Canada as a leader in sustainable business events. 

JPdL, and Intertask along with other players in the Canadian event sector, have been committed to creating more sustainable events for many years: you can find our Sustainability Charter  here

In conclusion, Canada has become a business event destination of choice thanks to its diversity, dynamism, ongoing innovation, accessibility, and its unique geographic location.

Whether you are looking to organize a conference, an exhibition or a corporate meeting, Canada is the perfect choice by offering quality options to meet all the needs of event organizers!

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