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.
As of June 30, 2016, all Minor Variance and Consent applications to the City of Toronto Committee of Adjustment must be submitted in person on a re-writable DVD at the appropriate district's Committee of Adjustment application counter. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
This new requirement for submitting an application is part of City Planning's eService Delivery Program, which will enhance accessibility to existing Committee of Adjustment services and information. Application information, submission materials and decisions are now available for viewing online at www.toronto.ca/aic.
For further information on eSubmission requirements, please see the 2016 Digital Application Checklist at: www.toronto.ca/developing-toronto.
On December 1, 2015 TABIA held the 5th Annual BIA Awards Night at the Palais Royale to recognize the accomplishments of 81 member BIAs and award achievements in streetscape improvement, revitalization and more. Details.
We want your opinion regarding the value of BIAs and their contribution to the well-being and livelihood of Toronto's neighbourhoods. Tell us where your BIA should be investing its resources and what additional supports the City should be providing to its BIAs.
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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.
Business Improvement Areas are good for business and neighbourhoods, according to a variety of Toronto-centred and international media outlets. Share your success story.
- 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.