Please note the change of location for the public meeting for the proposed Cedarbrae Markham Lawrence BIA.

The City of Toronto organizes and hosts public meetings then conducts a poll to determine if there is sufficient interest in establishing a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) or expanding the boundaries of an existing BIA. The areas listed below are under consideration.

  1. Open House
  2. Public Meeting
  3. Public Meeting Results
  4. Economic and Community Development Committee Decision (to proceed to the polling stage)
  5. City Council Decision
  6. Poll Issue Date
  7. Poll Closing Date
  8. Poll Results
  9. City Council Consideration / Decision of Poll Results (to approve the BIA)


The Cedarbrae Markham Lawrence (CML) BIA Steering Committee was officially formed in February 2023 after several months of hard work by business and community leaders in the CML community as a direct result of the hardships businesses incurred due to the pandemic.

Steering Committee

  • Councillor Paul Ainslie – City of Toronto Councillor Ward 24
  • Alicia Viagna
  • Fazil Mirza
  • Dhananjay Shah
  • Shahoud Habib
  • Sanjiv Swivedi
  • Jahesh Patel
  • Tomika Jerrick
  • Jaimin Shah

The steering committee believes investing in community initiatives such as establishing a BIA creates a safe environment where people and businesses can thrive. The formation of a BIA in the neighbourhood of CML in Scarborough will bring visibility to the local businesses and create a strong relationship between the people and the businesses in the community. The steering committee believes the formation of a BIA in CML neighbourhood will:

  1. Create a community of businesses to allow those involved to support each other, and therefore create a stronger community because “together we are stronger.”
  2. Create an identity, promote community by bringing more business to the neighborhood and stimulate business growth.
  3. Create jobs and other opportunities for the people in the community.
  4. Create a platform where the community can showcase their culture and promote a culture of “get to know your neighbour” for a safer community.

Public Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

565 Markham Rd., Rumi Plaza – Spinzar Banquet Hall

The City of Toronto BIA Office received a request from the Steering Committee to conduct a public meeting to discuss the potential to form a new BIA along Markham Rd. between Painted Post Dr. and Greencedar/Greencrest Crt., and Lawrence Av. E. between Bellamy Rd. and Greenholm Crt.

Commercial property owners and business tenants will conduct a vote whether to proceed to the formal polling stage of approval. Proof of Commercial/Industrial Property and or Business ownership is required.

Contact Information

For any questions about the Cedarbrae Markham Lawrence BIA Proposal, contact or call 416-392-7183