Browse through this alphabetical listing and learn more about Toronto's BIAs.
Art meets commerce on vibrant Queen West, the historic area that spearheaded the growth in Toronto’s cultural life in the 1980s and 1990s. Known then for its mixture of fashion shops, galleries and indie music bars, the eastern part of Queen West has become a major shopping district while the western half retains its unconventional roots.
Located just south of the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queen West between Simcoe and Bathurst is the neighbourhood that nurtured young artists for decades. While many of the galleries and artist-run centres are just slightly south of the Queen St. West BIA official boundary at 401 Richmond, the specific area is still the home to bars that showcase independent music and comedy acts. Fashion is another traditional strength of the area and one can shop for designer clothes on Queen West, or buy fabrics and create your own.
A hub for nightlife fun, Queen West is a place where downtown sophisticates meet tourists and other Torontonians at an array of restaurants and bars. During the daytime, shopping rules, with hordes of youths – and the young at heart – buying new hip vinyl, t-shirts and shoes. Embracing the latest in fashion and technology, Queen West mixes culture and merchandising together in one dynamic environment.
Regal Heights Village BIA was established in 2000 (formerly known as St. Clair West BIA). It is located along St. Clair Avenue West between Westmount Avenue and Winona Drive, and is centred on the headwaters of the old Garrison Creek. With Regal Heights to the South, the area is home to the historic St. Clare Church and Oakwood Collegiate, and boasts a number of unique shops and restaurants.
The members of the BIA work to draw more customers to the area by volunteering on beautification projects and special events that promote the area as a good place to shop, visit and do business.
Every business within the BIA boundaries is automatically a member. There are no exceptions, under the principle that all who benefit should be required to bear their fair share of the cost of the program.
While the BIA is founded on the retail and professional activities of our main street, it has a profound effect on the surrounding area. It serves as an economic and social anchor, helping to stabilize and revitalize the surrounding communities.
Just a few blocks from downtown Toronto, on the other side of the Don River valley and the busy parkway which bears its name, lies a vibrant neighbourhood with a unique small town in the big city atmosphere that makes it a draw for residents and visitors alike. The Riverside District BIA is best known for heritage buildings, award-winning restaurants, and the street that inspired the internationally renowned Degrassi TV series, Riverside is a great example of a neighbourhood that is drawing on its history as impetus and inspiration for its new development.
The pride of ownership in both the new and old is evident throughout in award-winning beautification and revitalization projects that include new pedestrian lighting and painstakingly detailed restorations of historic façades made of the city's distinctive red brick. The rejuvenated buildings provide the perfect settings for the plethora of shops and international restaurants that have recently sprung up in the area, but the urban renewal has not distracted the Riverside community from maintaining its original friendly charm. The eclectic mix of every day shops and services with artsy and fashionable boutiques encourage people from all walks of life to mingle and enjoy together.
When you drop by to experience the community, be sure to stop and admire some of our notable neighbourhood landmarks: the New Broadview House Hotel, Ralph Thornton Community Centre, The Opera House, Jimmy Simpson Park and Recreation Centre and our newest landmark, the newly lit up Riverside Bridge and wayfinding public art.
You'll experience an enduring Old World charm and atmosphere in Roncesvalles Village, with a decidedly Polish accent. Established as a BIA in 1985, Roncesvalles Village is a wonderful neighbourhood located in the central west end of the city. Set apart with tree-lined streets, unmatched transportation routes, excellent schools, within walking distance to High Park and the Western Beaches and outstanding recreational facilities.
Come and experience the tantalizing aroma of fresh-baked goods, traditional smokehouses, and trendy fashion shops along Roncesvalles. These are just a few of the attractions that keep former residents of the neighbourhood and so many others coming back time, and time again. Shop, visit, browse or simply catch up on what’s happening. A community with a family-friendly atmosphere and values. It’s not just a destination, it’s home.
There is no better way to discover the Roncesvalles Village BIA neighbourhood than by taking the time to walk the street, browse through the stores, and enjoy the diverse aromas and food choices. Roncesvalles Village continues to be the best place in town for schnitzel, sausage, ham hocks, sauerkraut and traditional Polish pastries. Walk in to one of the traditional old world restaurants and you are welcomed by the Polish language, music and traditions.
Intermixed with the traditional are many restaurants reflecting the diverse tastes of the community. Savour the flavours of Cajun, Greek, Asian, Indian and Thai. Relax in the warm ambiance, with jazz music in the background, and experience fine dining. Fill to the brim on hearty home cooking at the neighbourhood bistros, café's and pubs. Take the time to walk on Roncesvalles and browse the many restaurant choices.
Best of all is the Roncesvalles Polish Festival in September. The street, which is closed to traffic, is full of activities and enough food choices the entire family can enjoy.
A Roncesvalles BIA business success story
Mabel's opened its first store in 2008 in the city's west end on Roncesvalles Ave, and has since opened two more stores, on Queen St. West in 2012 and more recently, St. Clair Ave West.
Created in 2000, Rosedale Main Street Business Improvement Area comprises Yonge Street from Woodlawn Avenue (north) to Crescent Road (south) and has a wide variety of merchant and service members from high-end antique and decor stores to wonderful neighbourhood restaurants, to gourmet shops, to beauty and hairdressing salons, to travel specialists to the newly restored and renovated historic North Toronto Station, centrepiece of the community.
Rosedale Main Street is a vibrant, active neighbourhood with numerous sidewalk cafés, bustling markets and a feeling of a village in the city. A great place to visit anytime of the year.
Rosedale is known for its annual Calvacade of Lights event in November. A 15 metre-tall Christmas tree with blue lights is placed on the CP Bridge at Scrivener Square near the restored North Toronto Station, which is the centerpiece of this neighbourhood.
Our BIA offers five automobile dealers, many automotive service providers, a large number of restaurants offering a range of international foods, seven bank branches, three small malls and other retail businesses providing a variety of goods and services.
Our BIA promotes all of the businesses of our area to potential shoppers, by creating better awareness of their goods and services, as well as the many appealing attributes of the Sheppard East Village.
Sheppard East Village is easy to get to, offers abundant free parking and is conveniently located in the north-east portion of the dynamic City of Toronto. Drivers can exit from nearby Highway 401 at Markham, McCowan or Kennedy Roads. Using public transit, there are many bus routes connecting to our BIA. In addition to the buses along Sheppard Ave., the Midland, Brimley and McCowan buses are only a handful of stops from the TTC Rapid Transit, that links Sheppard East Village to the Bloor-Danforth Subway. Map.
The shoptheQueensway.com Business Improvement Area is an entertainment, dining, and shopping destination. This avenue is transforming into a vibrant mixed-use street with a growing population. Changes to a more pedestrian friendly street, new outdoor patios, new and renewed parks, and a proposed arts hub will enliven the street scene in years to come.
The area is a destination for foodies and food lovers who flock to the world renowned, centuries old, award-winning St. Lawrence Market Complex, Saturday Farmer’s Market and Sunday Antique Market as well as over 150 restaurants, bistros and food emporiums. History is a main focus of this BIA where you will find the largest concentration of historic architecture including the Gooderham Flatiron Building; St. James Cathedral; St. Lawrence Hall, The First Post Office and the original 10 blocks of the Town of York. Market Food & History Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. Nine theatres reside in the area including the Sony Centre and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts and if design and innovation are your passion, then check out the King East Design District.
Popular events for office workers, residents and visitors include Music and Movies in St. James Park, Bard in Berczy, Feast of St. Lawrence, King East Design District Event, and Cavalcade of Lights. Learn about Toronto’s history from strolling historical costumed performers and artisans demonstrating their craft every summer, and enjoy the performance by our Victorian Carollers in the winter. For more information, see our events calendar at www.oldtowntoronto.ca.
You are welcome in The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Market BIA.
The St. Clair Gardens BIA is located on St. Clair Avenue West, from McRoberts Road to just west of Old Weston Road. This developing BIA is recognized for promoting the international flavor it brings to the neighborhood.
One of the primary goals of the BIA is to work together with our merchants and property owners. In addition we also work very closely with the local residents, the community police liaison committee, our local Councillor on community safety initiatives.
Since its creation in 1985, the BIA has worked on a variety of beautification projects, local park improvements and special events in an effort to bring the community together to celebrate St. Clair and the wonderful services, shops and people.
Annual events include a Cavalcade of Lights in November and a Corn Fest in October.
On the shores of Lake Ontario, the Beach Village is a walking community of over 350 shops and services. The Boardwalk, sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens are only the beginning of this eclectic enclave which runs three blocks west of Woodbine Avenue, extending to Toronto's Art Deco gem: the R.C. Harris Waterworks
There is no shortage of cafes, galleries, wellness classes, dining and oh, did we mention we have a beach? With so much of Toronto’s lakefront developed, the Beach Village offers a unique stretch of accessible, safe, family-friendly beachfront nestled by parkland.
The Beach Village BIA also hosts unique events throughout the year. These include The Beaches International Jazz Festival, the Family Day Festival, Movies in the Gardens, the exclusive Beaches Easter Parade, street festivals and events for all ages throughout the year.
With Lake Ontario at our doorstep, the Beach Village is one of Toronto's favourite shopping and leisure destinations. Whether you’re drawn by the parks or the shops, one thing is certain: the Beach Village is like no other community in the GTA.
Extending east of the Don Valley along “The Danforth” and north and south on Broadview Avenue, The Danforth BIA, established in 1986, features a variety of attractions for visitors including a diversity of shopping, eating and entertainment facilities. The Music Hall attracts audiences from all over, while local residents flock to the Carrot Common, a trendy neighbourhood mews filled with a unique mix of boutiques.
This area is easily accessible with its own exits from the Don Valley Parkway plus the two subway stops (Broadview and Chester) and public parking everywhere. The more than 350 inviting shops, restaurants, cafés and other services and businesses will make you feel welcome. Just one visit will convince you to come back again and again.
The Danforth BIA is known for it's annual July event Thrill of The Grill. Danforth BIA Chefs fire up the grills and serve up some of the city's best bbq ribs. Attendees are drawn in by the finger-licking good food and stay to enjoy all of the other unique experiences that the Danforth BIA has to offer. Full event details are listed at www.thedanforth.ca.
The Kingsway BIA, established in 1973 and later expanded in 2003, is a shopping district that offers an excellent mix of small specialty shops, fabulous restaurants, a sprinkling of pubs as well as professional and medical services. You will be pleasantly surprised by the ambiance created by unique centre medians, distinct Kingsway flags and banners, beautiful wrought iron park benches, coach lanterns and graceful flower gardens.
Be sure to plan a visit to this wonderful neighbourhood during out annual Christmas Concert benefitting the Out of the Cold program, our Winter Family Day in February and the Taste of the Kingsway Festival in September, a culinary delight of 200 exhibitors.
Established in 2004, the BIA works to promote the economic and cultural vitality of the waterfront area, and its member businesses provide services both to local residents and the more than 17 million annual visitors to the area. The BIA includes restaurants and cafes, retail stores, and tourist-focused services.
Annual events include the Redpath Waterfront Festival, the Waterfront Artisan Market and the Spectacle of Lights.
The Toronto Entertainment District is one of North America’s most diversified entertainment, culture and sports destinations. From Air Canada Centre to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Entertainment District includes many of Toronto's most iconic buildings and landmarks including the CN Tower, Steam Whistle Brewing, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Metro Hall, Rogers Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre and TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The District is home to an array of talent that comprise of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. The ideal area for the discerning patron, the District also boasts some of the world’s leading hotels, boutique accommodations and condotels.
An urban neighbourhood packed with an array of family attractions, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, it features something for every taste and demographic.
The Trinity Bellwoods BIA, established in 2007, is currently represented by a mix of cafés, restaurant, bars and banks that meet local needs.
Nestled between popular neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Kensington Market, Little Italy and Queen West, the BIA has plans for the neighbourhood to emerge with a distinct identity near the historic Trinity Bellwoods Park. The design sector will play a key role as fresh new talent migrates to the area to set up shops, studios and galleries. This is reflected by the presence of Toronto-based designers recently established on the strip. Compliment this with the existing solid businesses and you have a recipe for a great retail strip.
The Do Design event in January turns storefronts on Dundas Street West into exhibition venues for design objects. Happening in conjunction with Toronto design week and the Toronto Interior Design Show, Do Design’s unique format provides an alternative way to see and discover design in the city.
The Upper Village BIA is located along Eglinton Avenue West between Bathurst Street and the W.R. Allen Road adjacent to one of the City's most beautiful neighbourhoods - Forest Hill.
The Upper Village BIA, created in 1983, is a vibrant shopping district with lovely street furnishings and flowers. It is easy to reach by car or transit, has ample parking and is a pleasure to browse and shop in with a taste-tempting variety of quality restaurants to suit every budget, high-end shops, galleries and other enticements to delight visitors. map.
Created in 2005, the Uptown Yonge BIA is a popular main street shopping and dining destination. Located in the heart of the historic North Toronto neighbourhood, Uptown Yonge is a welcoming mix of fine dining and local pubs, wellness & beauty destinations and lifestyle shops, local designers and long established businesses as well as necessities for the sports enthusiast. Conveniently accessible from downtown and out-of-town, Uptown Yonge has something for everyone.
The Village of Islington BIA was created in 1986. The 200 shops, restaurants and services have joined forces to create a beautiful and prosperous community. Old Islington is a special, tree-lined place with colourful plantings, wide brick-bordered sidewalks and 25 award-winning murals. In 2012, the BIA was extended east to Montgomery Road beyond Islington and continues along Dundas West to Kipling Avenue.
In the Village you can get a manicure, have a haircut, do lunch, buy a gift, visit a spa, and see a doctor, dentist or chiropractor. You can do your banking, consult a nutritionist, arrange eldercare, have a massage, take an art or cooking class, learn to play a musical instrument, or see a financial consultant, an accountant or a lawyer. You can insure or redecorate your home, or see an agent to help you find a new one. You can fill a prescription, have your clothes cleaned, buy flowers, pray for peace, exercise your options or dine al fresco. You can improve your wardrobe, hire an architect or landscape designer, learn to meditate, find a bargain, surf the web or simply sit back, relax and enjoy yourself over some of the best food and drink found anywhere in Toronto.
Local residents and business owners contribute to the neighbourhood character, flavour and feeling in Islington where you can find a friend, create connections and, most importantly, feel at home.
Take an ARTwalk tour. Enjoy everything the Village has to offer.
Established in 2005, West Queen West BIA is an eclectic retail area specializing in fashion, design and style. It houses a variety of boutiques, interior design shops, antique and vintage stores, a selection of distinctive and enticing restaurants. It is also home to the largest concentration of galleries in the city – 31 in all.
Located on Queen Street West, the area has more than 400 businesses. With restoration of major landmarks such as the Drake and Gladstone hotels, West Queen West is experiencing an infusion of new activity and investment, creating one of the most vibrant commercial areas in the city.
A unique shopping event in June, the Queen of Hearts shopping card allows residents and visitors to secure the best deals and receive treats and refreshments from participating businesses. Map.
The Weston Village BIA, established in 1979, is one of the oldest BIAs in Toronto. Situated in the northwest end of Toronto, close to the Humber River, it boasts one of the most extensive bike trails and walking paths in the city. The village has a rich history and many historic, stone buildings including the beautiful Weston Library. With a diverse mix of cultures, Weston Village consists of an eclectic mix of more than 160 businesses, including retail stores, restaurants representing a variety of cultural cuisines, and professional offices.
The BIA sponsors the village’s annual Weston Santa Claus Parade and the very popular Weston Village Farmers’ Market, located at Weston GO Station on Weston Rd, south of Lawrence. Running from the middle of May to the end of October each year, the market is one of the main anchors of the village. Map.
The Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area, established in 2004, offers the community a vast array of goods and services. Shoppers have everything right here at their fingertips. Along with a good mix of retail shops, professional offices and service establishments, it also boasts a concentration of distinctive bakeries, restaurants and fast-food establishments, many with an exciting Middle-eastern flair
The Wexford Heights BIA is host to the Annual Taste of Lawrence Festival. This three-day food and cultural event gets underway the second weekend in July. As Scarborough’s largest street festival, it offers up a vast array of flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. There are tons of attractions for festival goers to enjoy which include the many International food options offered, along with midway rides and games the whole family can enjoy. Great live entertainment offered up on two stages is positioned along the festival route. The festival draws crowds in excess of 100,000 during the July weekend. A truly memorable cultural experience for all to enjoy.
The Wilson Village BIA is located in Ward 9 and boundaries include Wilson Avenue, west from Keele Street, east to Transit Road, south to Highway 401 and north to Carl Hall Road incorporating a portion of Downsview Airport. The area has approximately 260 businesses and continues to grow. The Wilson Village BIA was created October 2013 with a vision to promote and generate business, initiate local investment and attract new residents. The BIA mandate includes capital improvements, beautification, landscape design and area branding within the community. Working in accordance with their mandate and with the collaborative effort from area business and local representatives, the Wilson Village BIA endeavours to achieve economic growth and community development. Map.
The Wychwood Heights BIA, established in 2002, is truly the heart of multiculturalism and the arts. Once home to famous residents such as Ernest Hemmingway, the business area offers an eclectic mix of artisans, shops and restaurants.
Nestled in the greater Wychwood area, which is steeped in a history rich in arts and culture, it sits in an enclave surrounded by Cedarvale Ravine, Casa Loma and the famous Artscape Wychwood Barns. The Barns is a complex that houses community events, an art gallery, and live/work spaces for artists. The Barns is also home to a year-round farmers’ market which operates every Saturday morning from 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The market has been rated by Now Magazine as the best farmers’ market in Toronto. Map.
Welcome to Yonge Lawrence Village, formally established as a BIA in 2000. Come and discover a collection of quality businesses and unique, owner-operated shops and services in the heart of North Toronto, with that "Small Town Feel, Big City Appeal."
The Village boasts fashion shops and some of the City's finest restaurants, as profiled in Toronto Life Fashion and Restaurant Guides. Wonderful markets, grocers, coffee and specialty shops beckon with sights, sounds and aromas. Classic and eclectic shops brim with treasures for the home, gift giving and entertaining. Children's stores offer quality shoes, clothing and magical items to surprise and delight. Efficiency and courtesy abound in Village stationery, business service stores, professional offices and excellent hair and beauty salons.
Annual events include a Winter Retail Promotion in December, Village Day & Sidewalk Sale in June, a Fall ArtWalk in October, and the Random Act of Kindness day in November, in which a select number of merchants hand out cards that encourage people to do a good deed for a neighbour, a co-worker or someone they do not know.
As our motto suggests, with friendly service and big city offerings, Yonge Lawrence Village proudly offers something for everyone!
Established in 1981, the York-Eglinton BIA is a vibrant Caribbean- and Italian-flavoured international marketplace.
Often referred to as the commercial backbone of the city, the York-Eglinton BIA is situated in the middle of the city with convenient transit services and access to Highway 401 from W. R. Allen Expressway.
The commercial strip is an international mix of shops, restaurants and services catering to the city's diverse heritage. Annual events include an International Street Festival in August and a Community Clean-up Day in May.