More than 40 years ago, Toronto welcomed the world's first Business Improvement Area (BIA). Since then, dozens more BIAs have been created across the city, helping to advance Toronto's reputation as a city neighbourhoods.
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/.
- Toronto has over 80 BIAs that 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 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.