The BIA Local Leadership Fund provides emerging leaders in Toronto’s BIA movement with full tuition to the Local Economic Development (LED) Certificate Program through the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University as well as support through mentoring and networking opportunities.

The Chang School’s Certificate in Local Economic Development (LED) will successfully prepare graduates in the workforce with the knowledge and competence to address the current and emerging area of LED.

The online program consists of four core courses:

  • Local Economic Development Fundamentals (CPLE 795): Offered fall 2021
  • Economic Development and Business Improvement (CPLE 995): Offered winter 2021
  • LED Applied Research Project (CVUP 155): Offered spring 2022
  • Capstone Project in LED (CVUP 160): Offered Fall 2021 – starts July 2022

As a condition of the BIA Leadership Fund, the CVUP 160 capstone paper must relate to BIA work in the city of Toronto.

To be eligible for support through the BIA Leadership Fund, applicants must work for or provide volunteer support to a Toronto BIA and/or be involved and support the wider BIA movement.

Successful applicants to the 2021-2022 Cohort of the BIA Leadership Fund will be enrolled into the Certificate Program in Local Economic Development for the fall 2021 semester and are expected to complete the program by fall of 2022.

To obtain an application for the 2021- 2022 Cohort of the BIA Leadership Fund, please contact Marianne Szczuryk.