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August 10, 2022

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada moves to November on visa delays

Canada's in-person Apparel Textile Sourcing Trade Show, which was supposed to take place in Toronto this month, has moved to November to help those affected by visa processing delays.

By Laura Husband

The organisers of Canada’s Apparel Textile Sourcing show hope moving the show from 22-24 August to 7-9 November will provide enough time for the Canadian government offices worldwide to process visa applications for anyone wishing to attend the show.

“Our commitment is to bring the world’s apparel and textile sources back to Canada in 2022,” says Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, INC and producers of Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC). 

He explains the show is expected to have 150 factories from at least 15 countries, with dozens of speakers, matchmaking and networking so the date needed to change to give the Canadian embassies worldwide more time.

“We did what was best for the show, the factories and the attendees,” he adds.

Delays in the current processing of travel visas into Canada is a widespread issue affecting all international travellers into Canada who require a visa.  Business, personal, and student Canadian visa applicants are all being affected by delays.

Currently more than 3,000 attendees are registered for August and are automatically re-registered for 7-9 November.  Countries exhibiting include Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Iran, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Vietnam, United States, and Canada.

The show is expected to feature hundreds of international manufacturers’ products and exhibits as well as a live seminar series with sessions from the Canadian Apparel Federation, Brands for Canada, TESTEX, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), V.mora and the Mongolian Wool & Cashmere Association.

Canadian Apparel Federation’s executive director Bob Kirke says: “In a year when travel and trade shows are slowly coming back, ATSC found a way to bring the world of apparel and textiles back to Canada. I can’t wait to be part of it again. A great place to network and meet new global suppliers.”

ATSC had been sidelined from in-person events and providing virtual trade shows since 2020 due to Covid-19 international travel and in-person meeting restrictions. ATSC continues its virtual sourcing business model by offering integrated solutions with online platforms Manufacturer.com and TopTenWholesale.com

The focus of the show will be fashion, apparel, textiles, and sourcing and its ultimate aim is to connect thousands of people working within the global apparel supply chain together in-person for the first time since before the pandemic.

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