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.
To determine if there is sufficient support to establish a proposed Business Improvement Area, the City of Toronto conducts a poll and publishes the results on the City Clerk's Office website.
Recently Published Poll Results
Proposed BIA on Bayview Avenue
The City Clerk's Office has confirmed that the poll for the proposed BIA on Bayview Avenue met the minimum response rate, and that the majority of ballots were in favour of creating a BIA along Bayview Avenue between Soudan Avenue and Davisville Avenue. See background information and find more details about the poll.
Proposed Midtown Yonge BIA
The City Clerk's Office has confirmed that the poll for the proposed Midtown Yonge BIA met the minimum response rate, and that the majority of ballots were in favour of creating a BIA on Yonge Street between the Beltline Trail and Soudan/Berwick Avenues. See background information and find more details about the poll.
Recently Closed Polls
Proposed Dufferin-Wingold BIA
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.
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.