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Statement

Billy Bishop’s Role Essential to Toronto Region’s Recovery

Statement from Toronto Region Board of Trade President and CEO, Jan De Silva on the Request For Interest given by Ports Toronto to name a potential financial investor for Billy Bishop Airport.

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TORONTO, ON, March 30, 2021 — The Toronto Region Board of Trade recognizes the unique value of the Billy Bishop Airport in connecting Toronto’s central business district to key destinations in Canada and the United States, including Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Washington D.C, and others. It is a key part of a strong network of airports serving the Toronto region.  

The proximity of Billy Bishop to the downtown core is an asset for business travelers, offering a significant competitive advantage for the city’s business community. Due to this, it is also of great value in powering our region’s economic recovery as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic – perhaps most notably for our tourism and convention sectors, but others as well. 

It is essential that Billy Bishop Airport thrive over the long term as a key element of our region’s transportation infrastructure. Today’s announcement is a proper step towards securing that prosperous future.

Jan De Silva is president and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. 

About Toronto Region Board of Trade

The Toronto Region Board of Trade is one of the largest and most influential business chambers in North America and is a catalyst for the region’s economic agenda. We pursue policy change to drive the growth and competitiveness of the Toronto region and facilitate market opportunities with programs, partnerships and connections to help our members succeed – domestically and internationally.

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