Business Improvement Areas

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.

Proposed BIAs

News, resources and information

Upcoming Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games info sessions

Business and residents in the North York, High Park and Scarborough communities are invited to attend information sessions for tips, tools and information to help local businesses get around during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer.


StreetARToronto (StART), a public-private partnership, provides up to $40,000 in funding for partnership projects that enhance Toronto's vibrant street and graffiti art, revitalize communities, counteract graffiti vandalism, and engage emerging and established local artists. This year's grant deadline is Friday, March 13.

Pop-Up Shops

Pop-up Shops are temporary stores that can pop-up for a few days to several months, activating empty store-fronts. This website is dedicated to showing you how pop-up shops can bring new life to your street while creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and artists! Check out our free tools, advice and pop-up shop opportunities.

TO2015 Community Tour brings the PanAm Games to you

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. 

BIAs in the news

Business Improvement Areas are good for business and neighbourhoods, according to a variety of Toronto-centred and international media outlets. Share your success story.

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).