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

Current Polls

The City of Toronto is conducting polls to determine if there is sufficient support to establish the following proposed Business Improvement Areas:

Proposed BIA on Bayview Avenue

City Council decided at its August 28, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue this 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.

Proposed Dufferin-Wingold BIA

City Council decided at its July 8, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue this poll. See staff report and background information.

The poll notices, ballots and related information are available on the City Clerk's Office website.

Both polls close December 4, 2014.

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).

News, resources and information

Albion Islington Square BIA job posting [PDF]

The Albion Islington Square BIA is looking to hire a full-time Coordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the BIA's marketing, branding, events and streetscape strategies. Find out more about this position.

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.