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Several events around the world have been cancelled and sports leagues have begun to suspend their seasons amid concerns over the spread coronavirus.

Here is a list of some of the top events, attractions and more in Canada and across the world that have been cancelled or closed due to COVID-19:


  • St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled.
  • Collision 2020 tech conference has been cancelled, to be held online.
  • Shopify Unite conference has been cancelled.
  • Pearl Jam concert has been cancelled.
  • Sugar Shack TO has been cancelled.
  • National Home Show – the Big One has been cancelled.
  • Canada Blooms has been cancelled.
  • The Green Living Show has been cancelled.
  • The One Of A Kind Spring Show has been postponed to June 18 to 21.
  • CN Tower shutting down operations until further notice.
  • Stratford Festival has cancelled performances from April 11 to May 2.
  • All events at Roy Thomson Hall have been cancelled for the next two weeks.



  • Parliament has been suspended for at least five weeks.
  • Junos Awards and Juno week activities have been cancelled in Saskatoon.
  • First Minister’s meeting has been cancelled, to be held over the phone.
  • Canadian Screen Awards week has been cancelled.
  • The Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops are cancelling all Saturday and Sunday masses until further notice.
  • Libraries, arenas and swimming pools will be closing in Montreal.
  • Universities in Alberta called off classes for Friday but said they would re-evaluate on Monday.
  • Mosques across the country cancelled Friday prayers, though some in Vancouver and Montreal opted to limit the size of gatherings to fewer than 250 people.
  • All national museums across Canada will be closing until further notice.


Schools, colleges and universities
  • Publicly funded schools in Ontario will remain closed for two weeks after March break and resume April 6.
  • TDSB sites and schools with be closed from March 14 to April 5, including eLearning classes, EarlyON child and family centres, continuing education and night school courses and school-based  and other public meetings.
  • Western University has cancelled all classes from March 13 through to March 17. Starting March 18, classes will be held online through to the end of term.
  • Ontario Tech University has cancelled classes effective March 13 and are looking into online instruction. However, the university remains open.
  • Classes will be cancelled at the Durham College in Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Pickering Learning Site on March 13 and March 16.
  • McMaster University in-person classes are cancelled. Events at the University were cancelled as of March 12.
  • York University is moving to online classes as of March 16.
  • University of Toronto has cancelled classes as of end of day March 14.
  • Ryerson University has cancelled classes effective March 13 and will move to them to online formats.
  • Humber College will be closed until April 5th as of March 16. Classes are cancelled from March 16-20 and will be moving remotely after that.
  • Quebec is closing all schools, junior colleges, universities and daycare centres in the province for two weeks beginning Monday
  • Sheridan College is closing classes from March 16 to 20. On March, 22, learning will resume in alternative formats.
  • George Brown College cancelled classes from March 14-22. The college and residences will remain open.



  • The NHL has suspended the 2019-20 season, impacting seven Canadian teams in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
  • Major League Soccer has suspended the season for 30 days, impacting teams in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Montreal was further impacted by the suspension of CONCACAF Champions League.
  • The NBA has suspended its season, impacting defending champions the Toronto Raptors. Raptors players, coaches and staff will go into self-isolation following a game in Utah where a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The MLB cancelled the rest of spring training and has suspended the start of the regular season by at least two weeks, impacting the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • The NLL suspended its 2020 season impacting five teams in Toronto, Saskatoon, Halifax, Vancouver and Calgary.
  • The AHL has suspended the 2019-20 season, impacting teams in Toronto, Belleville, Ont., Winnipeg and Laval, Que.
  • The three Canadian Hockey League major-junior leagues – the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League – have suspended play.
  • The NCAA March Maddness tournament has been cancelled.
  • The Masters golf tournament has been postponed.
  • Major League Rugby has suspended its season, impacting a team in Toronto.
  • The Boston Marathon has been rescheduled for Sept. 14.
  • The Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday until at least April 2.
  • The World Women’s Hockey Championship which was to be held from March 31 to April 10 in Halifax and Truro, N.S., has been cancelled.
  • The World Figure Skating Championships to be held from March 16 to 22 in Montreal have been cancelled.
  • The World Women’s Curling Championship to be held from from March 14 to 22 in Prince George, B.C., have been cancelled.
  • World Cup Cross-Country Skiing to be held from March 20 22 in Canmore, Alta., have been cancelled.
  • The Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championship to be held from March 25 to April 2 in Vernon, B.C., has been cancelled
  • The Long-track Speedskating Grand Prix to be held on March 14 and 15, and the finale to be held from March 19 to 22 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary have been cancelled.
  • The CFL regional and national combines in Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto have been cancelled.
  • The Arctic Winter Games to be held from March 15 to 21 in Whitehorse have been cancelled.
  • The Alpine Ski NorAm finals to be held from March 17 to 24 and Canadian championship at Panorama Mountain Resort, B.C., have been cancelled.
  • The Toronto Defiant eSports Team Overwatch League Homestand event to be held on April 18 and 19 has been cancelled.


  • Disneyland in California will close on March 14 and remain closed until the end of the month.
  • Disneyworld in Florida will close on March 15 and remain closed until the end of the month.
  • Disneyland in Paris will close on March 15 and remain closed until the end of the month.
  • Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been postponed from April to October.
  • SXSW in Austin was cancelled.
  • All Broadway plays and musicals in New York have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents, the world’s largest live-entertainment companies, have suspended all current music tours through March, including those of Billie Eilish, the Strokes and Post Malone.
  • CinemaCon in Las Vegas has been cancelled.