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May, 2019

BIAs in the News

The Beach, Toronto Beach Village Moonlight Madness to Feature Beer Tastings from Local Breweries, Canadian Beer News
Bloor-Yorkville, Over the Rainbow Unveils Relocated Manulife Centre Store, Retail Insider
Broadview Danforth, Broadview Danforth BIA readies for 10th annual Thrill of the Grill,
Downtown Yonge, Yonge at heart and with hopes pinned on a fresh start, The Globe and Mail
Kensington Market, Kensington enters a new chapter in its story of change, Toronto Star
Mount Dennis, A changing neighbourhood could use some new planning, The Globe and Mail
Mount Dennis, Planners envision an eco-friendly future for Toronto's Mount Dennis area, The Globe and Mail
Mount Dennis, Toronto's Mount Dennis BIA seeks talent for Coffee Culture Cafe Series,
Queen Street West, Here's what Queen West looked like in the '80s and '90s, Toronto Life
Rogers Road, Toronto business owners on Rogers Road at odds over benefits of BIA,

Relevant to BIAs in Toronto...

BIA Leadership Fund

The Toronto BIA Office BIA Leadership Fund provides emerging leaders in Toronto's BIA movement with full tuition to Ryerson University's Local Economic Development (LED) Certificate Program as well as support through mentoring and networking opportunities. Download the Application Form.
Application Deadline:  Friday, June 28th, 2019
BIA Innovation Fund: How the Downtown Yonge BIA is preserving Yonge Street's neon legacy. Read full article.

Ossington Laneway Party

Dreaming of a warmer Toronto? Kick off your summer right with Here Comes the Sun, a laneway block party presented by The Laneway Project and the Ossington BIA in the alleys northwest of Queen & Ossington!
Saturday, June 22 from 4-10pm 

Bloor Annex Jane's Walk

On May 18th Bloor Annex BIA hosted a Jane's Walk, "From Underused Spaces to Urban Oases", celebrating the BIA's upcoming street revitalization project, which will transform four underutilized boulevard spaces into parkettes featuring pollinator gardens, artistic bike parking, murals and public art seating.

Job Incentive Program (JIP)

The Toronto BIA Office and Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) are pleased to offer the Job Incentive Program for BIAs. Through the program TESS staff will work with BIAs to create volunteer placements for unemployed or underemployed individuals to support the BIA on specific projects. Download the Guidelines and Job Posting Template.

Accessibility Handbook

On April 3rd, OBIAA released its newest handbook, The Business of Accessibility: How to Make Your Main Street Business Accessibility Smart, which offers no-cost and low-cost ideas to inspire businesses to go beyond the minimum requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Applying for a New Business License or Permit?

Remember to submit a complete application. As of June 3rd, incomplete applications will not be accepted. Forms and requirements available at
Submit your application in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor.

Fire Hydrant Use Permits Now On-line

BIAs who use water from fire hydrants for special events or watering plants can now apply on-line for their Fire Hydrant Use permits. Application and payment must be made at least 10 business days in advance of the requested date.
Chinatown Walking Tour
On May 29th staff from a number of BIAs and the Toronto BIA Office took part in a walking tour of Chinatown by Arlene Chan, daughter of community activist Jean Lum, and husband Professor Leo Chan. Thanks to Oliver Hierlihy and the staff of the Chinatown BIA, Lucia Huang and Janice Chong, for bringing the event together.

Council and Standing Committee Items


  • Deadline for 2020 BIA Capital Cost-Share Requests - June 3, 2019
  • Interdepartmental Meeting, City Hall, Committee Room 4 - June 18, 2019
  • BIA Leadership Fund Application Deadline, June 28, 2019
  • Interdepartmental Meeting, September 17, 2019
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