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March, 2019

BIAs in the News

Bloordale Village and Ossington Avenue, Laneway housing begins to take shape under Toronto's new rules, Toronto Star
Bloor West Village, Falafel World in Bloor West Village still packing them in after 35 years,
Downtown Yonge, Toronto could be one step closer to getting a home for its neon signs, Blog TO
Financial District, This Indian restaurant is the PATH's best kept secret, CBC News
The top 5 street festivals in Toronto this spring, Blog TO
Leslieville, The other Queen, National Post
Roncesvalles Village, West Toronto advocates hoping to revive interest in Earth Hour events,

Relevant to BIAs in Toronto...

BIA Innovation Fund:  Ossington and Bloordale establish blueprint for bringing laneways to life.  Read full article.

Retail Main Streets Study

The Toronto BIA Office has launched a study of the current state and future of Toronto's retail main streets to identify potential policies and programs to support small and independent businesses. Keep an eye out for resident and business surveys to be launched April 2, 2019.

Innovation Fund Stream 3

BIAs are now invited to submit proposals for the third funding stream of the BIA Innovation Fund.  The program exists to fund innovation or unique projects which push the limits of the work traditionally done by BIAs.  Deadline for Applications: Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Facade Improvement Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Commercial-Industrial Facade and Property Improvement Program.  Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Application Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019 or while funds last.

Collision Toronto 2019

From May 20th to 23rd Toronto will host the Collision tech conference, bringing together over 25,000 leaders from the technology community, including 450+ guest speakers, 500+ investors, and 1,000+ start-ups from over 120 countries. To learn more about Collision visit

Liberty Talks Speakers Series

The Liberty Village BIA presents Erin Bury, "The Blank Slate Effect: How to Use the Entrepreneurial Mindset to Win in Business", as part of the Liberty Talks Speakers Series, April 11th, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., 3 Brewers Liberty Village, 2 Liberty Street.

Scams Target Toronto Hydro Small Business Customers

Toronto Hydro has noted a growing number of scams targeting small business customers with calls threatening immediate disconnection, fake bills and electronic transfer requests. Learn how to identify and report fraud at

Clean Toronto Together

Take part in Toronto's annual spring clean-up:
- Community Clean-Up Days - Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, Sign-up here
- 20 Minute Make-Over and School Clean-Ups - Friday, April 26th

Council and Standing Committee Items


  • ACO Symposium: Toronto's Disappearing Main Streets: Businesses and Buildings (Tickets) - April 6, 2018, Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street
  • Interdepartmental Meeting - April 16, 2019, Committee Room 4, City Hall
  • Facade Program Application Deadline (Apply Here) - May 2, 2019
  • BIA Innovation Fund Stream 3 Deadline (Apply Here) - May 9, 2019
  • Digital Main Street Forum (Register Here) - May 10, 2019
  • Collision Toronto 2019 (Tickets), May 20-23, 2019
  • Interdepartmental Meeting - May 21, 2019
  • Deadline for 2018 BIA Audit Financial Statements - May 23, 2019
  • Deadline for 2020 BIA Capital Cost-Share Requests - June 3, 2019
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