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 BIA Expansions
News, resources and information
The City is now receiving applications for the Mural financial incentive program. This program provides assistance to business and community organizations for exterior mural projects in commercial or employment areas.
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/.
The Clean Toronto Together (CTT) campaign returns this April. Toronto's annual spring clean-up brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to keep our city clean and green.
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.
Resources and contacts
- City staff contacts
- BIA listings
- Financial incentive programs
- Municipal Code Chapter 19
- Board of Management Orientation
- Code of Conduct
- MFIPPA - Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
- Conflict of Interest
- City's Accountability Officers
How to submit your feedback
Your feedback is important to us. Only you can tell us if our services meet your needs, and what we can do to improve our services.
We want to ensure that everyone who receives service from Economic Development & Culture (EDC) has an opportunity to provide their comments, compliments and complaints.
Other ways to report:
Running the numbers
Toronto's 77 BIAs are a dynamic and influential part of the city's economic and cultural fabric.
- BIA members employ more than 400,000 people in full-time and part-time positions
- Over 7.4 million people attend the more than 160 community events and street festivals supported and produced by BIAs throughout the year
- For every public dollar the City invests towards BIAs, $10 in private sector funding for marketing, promotion, festivals and neighbourhood beautification projects is generated. In 2013, the City's $3-million investment has resulted in $30 million in BIA spending.
- The world's first BIA was started in Toronto in 1970. Since then, this innovative public-private business partnership model has been copied internationally. Toronto continues to have the largest number of BIAs of any urban centre in the world
Changes to Municipal Code Chapter 19 - BIAs
On December 16, 2013, Toronto City Council approved changes to the Municipal Code Chapter 19, the by-law which governs the establishment and operation of Business Improvement Areas in Toronto. Download the full bylaw. Read the City Council Decision report for more information about the changes to the Municipal Code.
Hydro pole attachments - application process
Looking to attach a flower basket, banner or decorative light to one of Toronto Hydro’s poles?
Certain attachments are permitted on Toronto Hydro poles. To help ensure public safety, it is necessary for you to follow the permitting process. To obtain permission, complete an application and provide all the required documentation. Learn more.
Business Improvement Areas are encouraged to keep on top of changes in the by-laws, regulations, urban design issues and other items of interest affecting their operations.