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WMS returns in fall 2023

 Tuesday, January 11, 2022

WMS 2022 is now cancelled. The Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, scheduled for February 24-26, has been cancelled due to the just-announced provincial lockdown resulting from governmental concerns about the highly transmissible Omicron variant. “COVID-19 has, once again, forced our hand to make this difficult decision,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Canada, organizers of the event.

WMS had already been postponed from its November 4-6, 2021 time slot because of COVID-19. On Monday the Ontario government moved the province into a modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, effective January 5 for at least 21 days. As such, indoor meeting and event spaces are closed. “Even if the government begins easing restrictions in February our exhibitors will not have sufficient time to prepare for the event,” said Fixmer. “Our priority is the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors.”  He said WMS will return to its regularly scheduled time slot in Fall of 2023. The date and venue will be announced as soon as possible. “We remain committed to WMS for the future and for the benefit of the Canadian woodworking industry,” said Fixmer.

Recently, in fact, the Canadian government had imposed the lockdown and closure of schools, restaurants, gyms, events and, in Quebec, even reintroduced a curfew due to the exponential growth of infections caused by the omicron variant.

A choice that, in the face of this, became inevitable for the organization of the fair: “With the lockdown until the end of January it was impossible to organize an event like Wms“, said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of Cci Canada, event organizers. “Even if the measures are actually relaxed at the end of January, there would be no technical time for our exhibitors to prepare for the event“.

After the postponement of the edition originally scheduled for autumn 2021, this cancellation postpones the appointment directly to 2023. “We have decided to focus directly on the 2023 edition, which will return to take place in the autumn as usual“, concluded Tim Fixmer.

WMS returns in fall 2023.

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