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.
The City of Toronto is conducting polls to determine if there is sufficient support to establish the following proposed Business Improvement Areas:
Proposed BIA on Bayview Avenue
City Council decided at its August 28, 2014 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue this poll. The proposed BIA would be located along Bayview Avenue between Soudan Avenue on the north and Davisville Avenue on the south. See staff report and background information.
Proposed Dufferin-Wingold BIA
The poll notices, ballots and related information are available on the City Clerk's Office website.
Both polls close December 4, 2014.
The City is conducting a review of the bylaws governing outdoor cafés on the public right-of-way (sidewalks) and is holding consultation sessions with stakeholders – including BIA members. Find out how you can have your voice heard.
The Danforth Mosaic BIA is hiring a full-time Coordinator to provide a range of administrative and project management support to the Board of Management.
Grant funding is available for community festivals and events.
The Ministry of Labour conducted a proactive enforcement blitz in the retail services sector from October to December 2013. The purpose was to promote compliance with the Employment Standards Act.
Grant funding for the 2014 Commercial Facade Improvement Program has been allocated. The program is closed to applications for another year.
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.
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/.
Business Improvement Areas are good for business and neighbourhoods, according to a variety of Toronto-centred and international media outlets. Share your success story.
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.