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March, 2018

BIAs in the News

Beach Village, Late Beach Village BIA chair was the 2013 Beach Citizen of the Year,
Downtown Yonge, Downtown BIA installs planters to urge homeless man into housing, City News
Dundas West, TTC March Metropass features Dundas West mural, Sign Media
Greektown on the Danforth, Greek-Canadians flock to Toronto's Greektown for Greek independence parade, CBC News
York-Eglinton, In a city desperate for more transit, for Toronto’s Little Jamaica it could be bad news,

Relevant to BIAs in Toronto...

Toronto BIAs show solidarity with Locke St

On March 10th, staff from several Toronto BIAs travelled to Hamilton to show support for businesses affected by recent vandalism.  The staff met with Tony Greco, Chair of the Locke St BIA, shopped and dined along Locke St for the afternoon as part of the #LoveLockeDay campaign.

Digital Main Street Forum 2018

The Digital Main Street Forum aims to assist main street in embracing digital technologies.  The event, which includes keynote speakers as well as afternoon break out sessions, occurs Friday, April 20th, 9:30 to 4:30 at Toronto City Hall.  Tickets are available here.

Clean Toronto Together

Toronto's 15th annual spring clean-up:
- Corporate and School Clean-Up - Friday, April 20th.
- Community Clean-Up Days - Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd.
Register here

2018 Commercial Facade Improvement Program

Funding is still available under the Commercial Facade Improvement Program.  The application form is available on the City's website.  Completed applications must be received by May 3, 2018.

Economic Development and Culture Annual Report

The Annual Report of the City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Division highlights the Division's efforts in 2017 to make Toronto a place where business and culture thrive.

Park People Public Space Incubator

The Public Space Incubator program aims to spark new, creative, and even radical ideas for inhabiting and enlivening public spaces by offering up to $50,000 in funding for 5 projects in 2018 and again in 2019. 

Neighbourhood Grants Program

Resident-led groups in the City's 39 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) are eligible for grants of $1,000-$3,000 under the Neighbourhood Grants Program.  The deadline for applications is May 4, 2018.

Emerging City Champions

The 8 80 Cities Emerging City Champions fellowship is accepting applications for the 2018-19 cohort. The program provides upcoming civic leaders with funding and support to launch one project that will enhance public space, urban mobility or civic engagement in their city.

Municipal Accommodation Tax

The City of Toronto is implementing a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on hotels effective April 1, 2018 and on short-term rentals effective on or after June 1, 2018 (pending the enactment of the short-term rental by-law).

Going Green in Bloordale

On May 5th, the Bloordale Village BIA hosts Going Green in Bloordale, an educational and inspirational afternoon for those who wish to adopt an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

Council and Standing Committee Items


  • Apr. 15-18, 2018 - OBIAA National Conference, BIAs Resilient and Real, Collingwood, Ontario
  • Apr. 17, 2018, 2:00pm - TABIA Interdepartmental Committee Meeting, City Hall, Comm. Rm. 4
  • Apr. 20, 2018, 9:30am - Digital Main Street Forum 2018, City Hall, Council Chamber
  • Apr. 21-22, 2018 - Clean Toronto Together Community Cleanup Days
  • May 3, 2018 - Application Deadline - 2018 Commercial Facade Improvement Program
  • May 15, 2018 - TABIA Interdepartmental Committee Meeting
  • June 19, 2018 - TABIA Interdepartmental Committee Meeting
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