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.
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News, resources and information
TABIA presents City with Michael Comstock Community Builder Award
Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) held their annual awards, and this year presented the City of Toronto with the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award. Mr. Comstock, who passed away last year, was a long-time advocate for his St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and served as president of TABIA until April 2012.
This award honours his work and legacy by congratulating the City for its pivotal partnership with Toronto’s BIAs to foster safe, vibrant and prosperous business communities throughout the city.
For a complete listing of all the award winners please visit toronto-bia.com.
A grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada has helped the Parkdale Village BIA create seven green spaces within Parkdale, along Queen Street West.
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.
Changes to Municipal Code Chapter 19 - BIAs
Changes have been made to the Municipal Code Chapter 19, the by-law which governs the establishment and operation of Business Improvement Areas in Toronto. In July 2011, Toronto City Council adopted amendments regarding starting a BIA, the BIA polling processes, proxy voting, board eligibility and board governance. See a summary of the new changes. Read the updated Municipal Code Chapter 19.
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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