Business Improvement Areas

About Business Improvement Areas

In partnership with Toronto City Council, local commercial property owners and tenants can work together to form a Business Improvement Area (BIA) to enhance the safety, look and feel of their neighbourhoods to attract more visitors to shop and dine, as well as to draw new businesses to their area. Learn about the benefits of forming a BIA.

Proposed BIAs

To determine if there is sufficient support to establish a proposed Business Improvement Area, the City of Toronto conducts a poll and publishes the results on the City Clerk's Office website.

Recently Closed Polls

Proposed BIA on Bayview Avenue

City Council decided at its August 28, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue the poll. The proposed BIA would be located along Bayview Avenue between Soudan Avenue on the north and Davisville Avenue on the south. See staff report and background information. Poll closed on December 4, 2014.

Proposed Dufferin-Wingold BIA

City Council decided at its July 8, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue the poll. See staff report and background information. Poll closed on December 4, 2014.

Recently Published Poll Results

Proposed Midtown Yonge BIA

City Council decided at its July 8, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue the poll. Ballots were mailed out on July 14, 2014 and the poll closed on September 11, 2014. See background information and find more details about the poll.

News, resources and information

Consultations on Outdoor Café By-law and Guidelines

The City is conducting a review of the bylaws governing outdoor cafés on the public right-of-way (sidewalks) and is holding consultation sessions with stakeholders – including BIA members. Find out how you can have your voice heard.

BIA looking for event planners

The Mount Pleasant Village BIA is looking for qualified event planners or co-ordinators to submit proposals for a 2015 Event Plan. Proposal deadline: December 19, 2014.

BIAs in the news

Business Improvement Areas are good for business and neighbourhoods, according to a variety of Toronto-centred and international media outlets. Share your success story.

TO2015 Community Tour brings the PanAm Games to you

Organizers of the 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games have created the TO2015 Community Tour. The Community Tours enables residents and businesses alike to learn more about the Games which is expected to draw 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, and 250,000 visitors to Toronto in 2015. 

Economic indicators for Toronto's BIAs

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Business Improvement Area Statistics

BIA Management Reporting Dashboards provide statistical information - including Retail Mix, Property Assessment, Operating Budget and Employment - for Toronto's Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).