Item - 2014.ED28.5

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on February 19, 2014 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Economic Development Committee on January 20, 2014 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on February 19, 2014.

ED28.5 - Feasibility Considerations of Toronto Hosting the 2025 World Expo

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 19 and 20, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council receive the report (January 6, 2014) from the City Manager and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture for information.

 

2.         City Council request the Toronto Expo 2025 Steering Committee, composed of significant stakeholders, to guide the Pre-Bid Phase work which would, among other things, confirm the degree of support from the Federal and Provincial governments and private and public sectors.

 

3.         City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to report to the Economic Development Committee in January/February 2015 for the purposes of acquiring more information and analysis, as outlined in the Feasibility Study in Respect of Hosting the 2025 World Expo, prepared by Ernst & Young, November 2013, a Business Plan to address issues relevant to the public, other orders of government, and potential sponsors to gauge stakeholder support for a World Expo bid and provide Council with sufficiently detailed information to determine if an official bid should be prepared.

Background Information (Committee)

(January 6, 2014) Report from the City Manager and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on the Feasibility of Toronto Hosting the 2025 World Expo
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65609.pdf
(November 11, 2013) Appendix A: Feasibility Study in Respect of Hosting the 2025 World Expo, November 2013
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65728.pdf
(January 1, 2014) Appendix B: 2025 World Expo - Toronto, Revenue & Expenditure Estimates, January 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65729.pdf
(August 13, 2013) Appendix C: Letter dated August 13, 2013, from Mayor Ford to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65730.pdf
(January 20, 2014) City of Toronto - Feasibility study in Respect of Hosting the 2024 Olympic Games and/or the 2025 World Expo
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-66214.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 15, 2014) Letter from Ann MacDiarmid, President, Raptor Communications and Past CEO of Expo 2005 Canada, Canada's Capital Region (ED.New.ED28.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44852.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Letter from Valrie Lue, Vice-President, UNITE Here Local 75 (ED.New.ED28.5.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44886.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Submission from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Expo Support (ED.New.ED28.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44903.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Letter from Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (ED.New.ED28.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44902.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Submission from Mark Maloney (ED.New.ED28.5.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44905.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Submission from E.A. (Zab) Hobart, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, forwarding Students' Expo 2025 Posters (ED.New.ED28.5.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44915.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Deputy Mayor Norman Kelly (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the Toronto Expo 2025 Steering Committee, composed of significant stakeholders, to guide the Pre-Bid Phase work which would, among other things, confirm the degree of support from the Federal and Provincial government and private and public sectors.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to report to the Economic Development Committee in January/February 2015 for the purposes of acquiring more information and analysis, as outlined in the Feasibility Study in Respect of Hosting the 2025 World Expo, prepared by Ernst & Young, November 2013, a Business Plan to address issues relevant to the public, other orders of government, and potential sponsors to gauge stakeholder support for a World Expo bid and provide Council with sufficiently detailed information to determine if an official bid should be prepared.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-20-2014 7:06 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - ED28.5 - Kelly - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-20-2014 7:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - ED28.5 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, David Shiner

ED28.5 - Feasibility Considerations of Toronto Hosting the 2025 World Expo

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Economic Development Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council receive the report (January 6, 2014) from the City Manager and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture for information.

Decision Advice and Other Information

John F. Barrett, Partner and Senior Vice President, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Inc.; Todd Ambachtsheer, Vice President,  Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Inc.; and Steven Staples, Planning and Urban Design Consultant, gave a presentation.

 

The Economic Development Committee considered items ED28.4 and ED28.5 together.

Origin

(January 6, 2014) Report from the City Manager and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture

Summary

This report provides a high level feasibility review of considerations with respect to the City of Toronto hosting the 2025 World Expo.  As directed by Council, the issues examined in this report include the following:

 

           procedures for selecting host cities;

           competitive position of Toronto compared to other potential bid cities;

           impact of past Council decisions and their bearing on any future bid;

           potential revenue to the City as a result of hosting the 2025 World Expo;

           potential number of jobs that would be created within the City as a result of hosting the 2025 World Expo;

           City lands that may be useful in hosting this major international event;

           potential legacy projects;

           potential trade and investment opportunities;

           land use, transportation and infrastructure issues;

           an estimate of time, cost and resources required to prepare formal bid documents; and a

           summary of the pros, cons and risks involved in bidding for and hosting the 2025 World Expo.

 

As part of this review, Ernst & Young (EY) were commissioned to prepare the attached, Feasibility Study in Respect of Hosting the 2025 World Expo, November 2013, (Appendix A).

 

There are significant positive impacts to hosting a World Expo.  On a global scale a World Expo provides a unique forum for nations and people from around the world to come together, focus attention on issues of global importance, and offer innovative ideas, products and services to address anticipated challenges and take advantage of opportunities.  World Expos can also catalyze investment in infrastructure, development and renewal of urban areas such as the Port Lands.

 

The EY report notes that hosting a World Expo would increase Toronto's global visibility and name recognition, enhance exports, and increase opportunities to attract investment and jobs, significantly more conventions and conferences, and reinforce its reputation as a major arts and culture hub both in Canada and around the world.  

 

There is also a strong regional context (in Toronto's case for the northeast and central parts of the United States and eastern Canada) since the vast majority of visitors are from a day's travel. Hosting a world's fair would strongly enhance Toronto's competitive position in the Great Lakes super-region.

 

However, there are also significant costs and risks associated with a bid to host a World Expo.  Canada's membership in the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body responsible for organizing World Expos, expired in December 2013 as directed by the federal government.  Since federal government support is essential for a successful bid, there would have to be a reversal of the decision to exit the BIE and the federal government would have to become a strong supporter and use its international offices to promote Toronto's bid.  The support of the government of Ontario is also essential.

 

The next stage in pursuing a bid to host the 2025 World Expo would be to undertake a more detailed Pre-Bid Phase analysis at an estimated cost for consultant services and staff of about $1 million.  If Council then decided to submit a formal bid, the estimated cost to prepare the necessary supporting documents and promote the bid is in the range of $10 million to $15 million.  If Toronto's bid was successful, a high level estimate of the net cost to host the 2025 World Expo based on the illustrative scenarios in the EY report is in the range of $1 billion to $3 billion which would need to be borne by one or more of the three orders of government.

 

Time is also of the essence.  Allowing for a total time period of 24 months to complete the Pre-Bid and Official Bid phases, including decisions by City Council, Government of Ontario, and Government of Canada, the Pre-Bid analysis must be initiated by May 2014.  Meeting this timeline will be complicated by the prospect of all three orders of government having elections over the next two years and the running of the Pan/Para Pan Am Games in 2015.

Background Information

(January 6, 2014) Report from the City Manager and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on the Feasibility of Toronto Hosting the 2025 World Expo
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65609.pdf
(November 11, 2013) Appendix A: Feasibility Study in Respect of Hosting the 2025 World Expo, November 2013
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65728.pdf
(January 1, 2014) Appendix B: 2025 World Expo - Toronto, Revenue & Expenditure Estimates, January 2014
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65729.pdf
(August 13, 2013) Appendix C: Letter dated August 13, 2013, from Mayor Ford to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-65730.pdf
(January 20, 2014) City of Toronto - Feasibility study in Respect of Hosting the 2024 Olympic Games and/or the 2025 World Expo
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-66214.pdf

Communications

(January 15, 2014) Letter from Ann MacDiarmid, President, Raptor Communications and Past CEO of Expo 2005 Canada, Canada's Capital Region (ED.New.ED28.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44852.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Letter from Valrie Lue, Vice-President, UNITE Here Local 75 (ED.New.ED28.5.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44886.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Submission from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Expo Support (ED.New.ED28.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44903.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Letter from Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (ED.New.ED28.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44902.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Submission from Mark Maloney (ED.New.ED28.5.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44905.pdf
(January 20, 2014) Submission from E.A. (Zab) Hobart, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, forwarding Students' Expo 2025 Posters (ED.New.ED28.5.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ed/comm/communicationfile-44915.pdf

Speakers

Stephen McLaughlin, SGM Consultants
Craig Scott, MP, Toronto-Danforth
Matthew Kellway, MP, Beaches-East York
Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Council
Cynthia Wilkey, Chair, West Don Lands Committee
Art Eggleton, Senator
Chloe Silver, York University/Sheridan College Program in Design
Marcello Cabezas, Cultural Producer
Yasmeen Tawfeek
Jennifer Zhang, York Sheridan Joint Program in Design
Lily Kao, York University
Phil Gillies, EXPO Committee
Mark Maloney, EXPO 2025 Working Group (Submission Filed)
Councillor Mike Layton
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Councillor Peter Leon
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Withdrawn)

That City Council direct the City Manager and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to undertake a detailed pre-bid analysis building on the initial feasibility report from Ernst and Young Inc.


2 - Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That Motion 1 by Councillor Shelley Carroll be withdrawn.


3 - Motion to Defer Item Indefinitely moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Lost)

That consideration of this item be deferred indefinitely.

Vote (Defer Item Indefinitely) Jan-20-2014

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Michael Thompson (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Chin Lee

4 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jan-20-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Michael Thompson (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Chin Lee
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council