Business Improvement Areas

Toronto's Business Improvement Areas

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.

Happening now

Running the numbers

BIAs by the numbers

Toronto's 81 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

New Online Training Resource

City of Toronto's BIA Office has developed a new online training resource for BIA Boards of Management consisting of 5 training modules:

  • Module 1 - Welcome and Introduction: BIA Boards of Management Orientation
  • Module 2 - Policies and Legislation: BIA Boards of Management Orientation
  • Module 3 - Governance: BIA Boards of Management Orientation
  • Module 4 - Organization: BIA Boards of Management Orientation
  • Module 5 - Running Effective Meetings: BIA Boards of Management Orientation 

Economic indicators for Toronto's BIAs


Business Improvement Area Statistics

BIA Management Reporting Dashboards provide statistical information - including Retail Mix, Property Assessment, Operating Budget and Employment - for Toronto's Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).