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 Midtown Yonge BIA
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 and further background.
The poll notice, ballot and related information is available on the City Clerk's Office website. The poll closes September 11, 2014.
Recent Public Meetings
Proposed Dufferin-Wingold BIA - Meeting held May 8, 2014
Proposed Bayview Leaside BIA - Meeting held July 3, 2014
The Board of Management of the Kensington Market BIA requires an Administrative Assistant on a part-time basis (approximately 40 hours per month) to provide a range of administrative support.
The Board of Management of the Corso Italia BIA requires a coordinator (40 hours per week) to provide a range of administrative support.
The Ministry of Labour conducted a proactive enforcement blitz in the retail services sector from October to December 2013. The purpose was to promote compliance with the Employment Standards Act.
Grant funding for the 2014 Commercial Facade Improvement Program has been allocated. The program is closed to applications for another year.
Toronto, with total tax costs lower than comparable Canadian and American cities, took top spot among major international cities in the recently released KPMG Competitive Alternatives, Focus on Tax 2014 report.
Off-duty police officers are available for hire to provide police presence for a range of functions including events taking place in BIAs. As of March 14 a new Paid Duty Office system will be in place. For more information visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/paidduty/.
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.
Business Improvement Areas are good for business and neighbourhoods, according to a variety of Toronto-centred and international media outlets. Share your success story.