What is a BIA?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. By working collectively as a BIA, local business have the organizational and funding capacity to be catalysts for civic improvement, enhancing the quality of life in their local neighbourhood and the City as a whole.
What are the benefits of a BIA?
In order to help local commercial areas create thriving, competitive and safe business areas, the City of Toronto, through the Economic Development & Culture Division, offers a number of assistance programs to BIAS.
One of the more successful programs offered by our BIA Office is the Capital Cost-share Program, which provides matching funding to our BIA partners for streetscape beautification projects. These projects help tame our busy streets and improve the quality of place in our neighbourhoods.
Bloor By The Park BIA
Nestled along Bloor Street West just east of picturesque High Park between Keele and Roncesvalles, Bloor by the Park most closely mirrors Toronto's diverse mix of cultures.
Established as a BIA in 1987, this district is currently well known for its many award-winning restaurants, featuring foods and beverages from the Orient, Mexico, France, the British Isles and elsewhere. Its distinctive combination of shops, services and sidewalk cafes also makes a stroll through the area well worth while.