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About the Canadian National Exhibition Foundation 

The Canadian National Exhibition Foundation (CNEF) is a registered charity that was founded in 1975. The CNE Foundation supports the CNE’s mission to “Enrich our community by celebrating the past, showcasing the present and promoting the future.”

Each summer 1,400 jobs are created by the CNE. The majority of these hires are youth, and of that, 25% are from neighbourhood improvement areas

The CNE Foundation is committed to assisting youth, through training, mentorship, volunteer and employment opportunities at the Canadian National Exhibition. It provides a platform for youth to apply their skills in the real world.

By supporting the CNE Foundation, you are helping to help build the capacity and employability of young people.

Ways to Donate

Aurora Winter Festival
Purchase a ticket to the Aurora Winter Festival and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the CNE Foundation’s Youth Training & Employment Program.

Click this link to purchase a ticket and help the Foundation help young people!

50/50 Raffle
Come down to the 2019 CNE and purchase a 50/50 Raffle Ticket in support of the CNE Foundation and its initiatives. Congratulations to the 2018 50/50 raffle winner, Giovanni Italiano, who took home $125,018!

Eamonn O'Loghlin Scholarship Fund 

In 2013, the Foundation introduced the inaugural Eamonn O'Loghlin Scholarship Fund to honour the memory of Eamonn O'Loghlin, the Canadian National Exhibition's Director of Sponsorship and Partnerships, who passed away suddenly in January 2013. The scholarship was established to help post-secondary students, employed by the Canadian National Exhibition, pursue their studies and also to honour the indomitable spirit of Eamonn O'Loghlin, recognizing his love for Canada and his commitment to youth and the community. 

After careful consideration, Scarborough's Anthony Chung and Malka Younas were selected as the 2017 recipients.

David Bednar Prize for New Canadian Citizens 

To celebrate his 17-year contribution to the CNE as General Manager, a new prize was established in David Bednar's name in conjunction with his retirement in May 2015. The newly established David Bednar Prize for New Canadian Citizens recognizes one family of New Canadian who were inducted at the CNE's Annual Citizenship Ceremony. This longstanding CNE event has always been a moving highlight for our former General Manager, who was born in the United States and became a Canadian Citizen at the CNE in 2000.

The inaugural prize winner, randomly selected from willing participants who became Canadians at the CNE in August 2017, is the Elmadhoun family. 

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