Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Canadian International Air Show?

The Canadian International Air Show takes places during the Canadian Labour Day weekend annually. In 2016, the CIAS will be held on Saturday, September 3rd, Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th. The start time for the show is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. with the show ending at approximately 3:00 P.M. each afternoon. There will also be a practice day held on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 from approximately 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

Where does the CIAS take place?

The CIAS takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada over Lake Ontario and is best viewed at the southwest waterfront grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), south of the bandshell. Show-centre is located directly in front of our VIP Guest Enclosure and the best viewing locations include the CNE grounds and our VIP Guest Enclosure for which a very limited number of tickets are available for purchase.

Click here for more information on how to score your tickets to the VIP Flight Deck and Fly First Class with the CIAS! For other inquiries, please call 416-263-3653 or email

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Ex 2015 Map

How do I contact the Canadian International Air Show?

Please email or call 416-263-3653 to leave your comments regarding the CIAS.

Click here to go to our Contact Us Page.

How can I volunteer with the CIAS?

The CIAS posts volunteer positions externally on our website as they become open. Please check the Volunteer Page for a list of current positions that you may apply for, in addition to directions for applying.

Please note only successful candidate will be contacted by the CIAS. Click here to visit the Volunteer Page.

How can I get tickets to the Air Show?

Click here to go to our VIP Flight Deck Ticket Page for information on how to Fly First Class with the CIAS!  

The CIAS will be selling a limited number of EXCLUSIVE VIP air show packages to our CIAS Insiders – not available to the general public. Click on the link at the top right-hand side of this page to sign up to our Insider List & e-Newsletter to get the inside scoop about the show! Insiders receive Deep VIP Flight Deck Ticket Discounts and exciting info and offers from our partners.  2016 VIP Tickets will go on-sale later this summer - if you are already an Insider - you'll get all the information sent directly to you.  If you're not yet an Insider, why not?  Sign up today by clicking on the link above to make sure you don't miss any information on how to score your 2016 VIP tickets!

For information on admission to the CNE, click here.

How do I get to the CIAS/CNE? Wheelchair Access & Pedestrian Access...

The CNE is accessible by car from the Gardiner Expressway or Lake Shore Boulevard West. Just follow the signs from either of these roads. Outdoor and underground parking is available for a nominal fee, however is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

*Please be advised that due to construction in the area and limited parking, we strongly encourage all air show fans to take public transit.

Here's how:

  • Via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC): take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar, the 29 Dufferin Bus, or the 193 Exhibition Express Bus/ Rocket
  • Via the GO Train – take the train to the Exhibition Stop which will get you right to the CNE grounds!

For more information, please call the TTC at 416-393-INFO or GO Transit at 416-869-3200.

Wheelchair & Pedestrian Access for Air Show Ticket Holders

The VIP Air Show site is wheelchair accessible.  Guests can approach the site via Dufferin Street.  

If you will be coming from within the CNE GO Transit and/or the TTC exits, after your ticket is validated proceed west (right), passing Kid’s World on your right-hand side. Continue along this route, staying right for about 5 minutes until you get to Dufferin Street. Guests can proceed south on Dufferin ; which turns into British Columbia Drive; cross at the traffic lights at Lakeshore Boulevard, which will take you into Marilyn Bell Park. Head left towards the fenced-in, tented area that will have CIAS directional signage.  The most westerly entrance of the fenced-in VIP enclosure is for VIP Experience Flight Deck and Preferred Seating.  The more easterly entrance is for all other VIP Pass holders. The walk will take you approximately 15 minutes from inside CNE grounds.

Wheelchair access for those arriving via the TTC Dufferin Street Bus can simply get off at the Dufferin Loop just north of the CNE Dufferin Gates and continue heading south on Dufferin Street, passing Medieval Times. Dufferin Street turns into British Columbia Drive; then follow the rest of the directions stated above.

Please note, the VIP Guest Enclosure show site is located within Marilyn Bell Park (uneven terrain and grass). If you are walking; we strongly recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.

How much are tickets?

Click here to find out pricing and more information on how you can Fly First Class with the Canadian International Air Show and score tickets to our VIP Flight Deck, not available to the general public.

Can I view the aircraft before or after the show on the ground or is there a static display?

Unfortunately, due to strict security regulations at Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport, no static display is possible for the CIAS at this time.

Who is flying in the air show this year?

Each year, the CIAS hosts a variety of aerial exhibitions. For a detailed list, please click here to visit the Performers' Page. Sign up to become a CIAS Insider and receive the line-up FIRST, emailed directly to your inbox before it's released to the public!

Click here to view the 2016 CIAS line-up!  

*Our performer list is subject-to-change right up to show time. This is due to the dynamic demands on military equipment and personnel around the world, as well as from a safety perspective for our acts. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates, but we must respect that a search and rescue mission, protection of our troops overseas and the safety of our show performers are of the highest priorities.

Will the schedule of acts be available?

YES! The CIAS is excited to announce that the schedule of performers will made available daily, prior to each show, to those CIAS VIPs that have subscribed to the Insider e-Newsletter. Click up at the top right-hand side of this page to become an Insider now!

*Please note that the daily schedule is subject to change.

CIAS Statement on Safety

Toronto – Safety is of paramount importance to the Canadian International Air Show.

The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) follows all safety guidelines and regulations as dictated by aviation authorities and holds our performers accountable to the same high safety standards.

We employ experienced aviation industry professionals in all aspects of our show including air traffic controllers, military representatives and emergency services. Performers and key personnel attend pre-show safety briefings before every show.

Aircraft flying over the city follow all regulations issued by Nav Canada just like any other authorized flight and may not perform any aerobatic activity over any built up area. All air show manoeuvres occur out over the lake and inside a show box, distant from the spectators and from any part of the city.

Aircraft taking off from, or en-route to, Pearson International Airport are under the control of Nav Canada flight controllers located at Pearson air traffic control centre and follow all normal flight safety rules just like any commercial flight.

The CIAS has an emergency response group comprised of members of the Toronto Police Services, Fire Services, EMS and our own experienced show safety team. The CIAS has a well-developed incident plan which is under constant review with public and aviation safety authorities. The CIAS has a detailed plan for any occurrence over the water display air area which is secured from all civilian traffic by police boats.

The CIAS works with its public safety support agencies closely to ensure that safety is paramount at Toronto’s annual air show.

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Note to editors:  For more information please contact Colleen McCourt, Media Relations Manager, Canadian International Air Show at 705-358-2006 or at 


Who regulates noise?

The Canadian International Air Show complies with all regulations, including those published by Transport Canada relating to noise.

Why are some flights noisier than others?

Atmospheric conditions such as clouds and wind can make an aircraft sound louder on different days.

What restrictions, if any, has the air show placed on performers when flying over the city?

Aircraft flying over the city follow all regulations issued by Nav Canada and are under the control of the CIAS Air Boss. Each flight is instructed as to the direction and height that it may fly according to federal aviation regulations. Aircraft taking off from, or en-route to, Pearson International Airport are under the control of Nav Canada flight controllers located at Pearson. The CIAS works with its support agencies closely to ensure safety is paramount and that any noise is minimized.

2016 NOTAM 

THE AIRSPACE BOUNDED BY 433502N 793139W 433335N 792123W
433001N 792525W 433150N 793205W 433502N 793139W
1609031500/1609052000 AND
1500/2000 DLY

2016 Notice to Mariners

Attention: NOTSHIPS



The Canadian International Air Show 2016 will take place over Lake Ontario at the Canadian National Exhibition on September 2, September 3, September 4, and September 5, 2016, as follows:

September 2:                                                   Practice Day, approx. 1100 to 1400 hours

September 3 and 4, and September 5:           Show Days, approx. 1200 to 1500 hours daily

The Western Channel of Toronto Harbour will be closed to all marine traffic during these days and times approximately one hour before show times and will re-open at the conclusion of the show each day.

Waterborne spectators may observe the Air Show from east of a line bearing 170 deg. true from Gibraltar Point to a position 43o34’28”N and 79o23’08”W, forming the eastern limit. Waterborne spectators may also watch from south of a line running from the limit to a position of 43o36’57”N and 79o28’31”W. These limits are identified on Chart 2085.

The spectator boundaries will be monitored by the Toronto Police Services Marine Unit.

Upon commencement of the Practice and Air Show times noted, water craft moored within the protected waterway north of the seawall at Ontario Place must remain in those areas until completion of the Practice or any of the Air Shows.

Toronto Police Services Marine Unit will be onsite and mariners are to take direction from the Toronto Police Marine Unit

Visit the Toronto Port Authority website for the most up-to-date information.

Canadian International Air Show – 2016 Feedback Policy (Official Statement)


The 2016 Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is the culminating event of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and is held annually in accordance with all Canadian air regulations. This year the show will take place on Saturday, September 3rd, Sunday, September 4th and Monday September 5th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 P.M. with a rehearsal practice day on Friday, September 2nd from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (intermittently to allow for commercial airline traffic). The 2016 air show will celebrate a diverse showing of aircraft and commemorate the 67th Anniversary of the CIAS.

Like all annual festivals and events such as auto races, walks, marathons, bicycle rides for charity and the like, the air show may be of more interest to some citizens and visitors than to others and thus, may be seen as disruptive by some while being anticipated and enjoyed by others. We understand that the noise generated by the rehearsal and the air show may be a concern. The number of jet aircraft displays which generate more noise has been reduced this year and all aircraft will arrive and leave the display area using flight paths determined by regulatory bodies to be least disruptive to the City of Toronto while keeping safety paramount. All noise reduction protocols and rules will be strictly adhered to at all times.

We need to emphasize that this once-a-year signature event attracts thousands of tourists from throughout Ontario and the U.S. border states and contributes significantly to the Toronto economy. While we understand that some people living in the neighbourhoods close to the CNE may find some of the aircraft loud, we ask you to consider the benefits of the Canadian International Air Show to its fans and to the City of Toronto. It remains one of the city's major annual attractions, and it is an important business generator for the local economy that literally hundreds of thousands of spectators around southern Ontario and beyond continue to enjoy. To provide your comments or feedback, please call (416)-263-3653 or email