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Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)
Boards of Management
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of property owners and tenants within a specified district, who join together with official approval of the City, in a self-help program aimed at stimulating business. BIAs can be catalyst for civic improvement and significant contributors to the City's economy and quality of life in the neighbourhood they are located.
A BIA is run by a volunteer board of management.
The BIA Boards of Management contribute to the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned land, buildings and structures in specific business improvement areas. The board markets and promotes its business improvement area as a business or shopping area and advocates on behalf of the business improvement area.
Term of office
Four years coincident with the term of Council.
The number of board members and City Councillors on each BIA Board is set out in the City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Areas (PDF).
Board meetings are held at least 4 times a year, including the annual general meeting with the members of the BIA.