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 a poll to determine if there is sufficient support to establish a proposed Midtown Yonge BIA. This follows upon the decision of City Council at its July 8, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue the poll. See staff report.

The poll notice, ballot and related information is available on the City Clerk's Office website. The poll closes September 11, 2014.

Recent Polls

Proposed Ossington Avenue BIA

The City of Toronto conducted a poll to determine if there is sufficient support to establish a proposed Ossington Avenue BIA. The poll opened March 3, 2014 and closed May 1, 2014.

The poll results were considered by Economic Development Committee on May 21, 2014 and by City Council on June 10, 2014, subject to the actions of the Economic Development Committee.

Recent Public Meetings

Proposed Midtown Yonge BIA - Meeting held April 28, 2014

Proposed Dufferin-Wingold BIA - Meeting held May 8, 2014

Proposed Bayview Leaside BIA - Meeting held July 3, 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

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.