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

Background

The proposed Rogers Road Business Improvement Area Steering Committee, established in January 2018, has been working to establish a BIA in the Rogers Road area. This initiative builds on City Council’s direction to undertake a pilot project to promote economic revitalization in the Rogers Road neighbourhood.

The BIA under consideration will include commercial and industrial properties along Rogers Road, generally between Weston Road and Bronoco Avenue and a portion of Keele Street properties south of Rogers Road. See the following map for details.

The Steering Committee has undertaken numerous initiatives to revitalize the area. As a result of the positive support for these initiatives and general support for a BIA, the Steering Committee agreed to submit a formal request to the City of Toronto to hold a formal public meeting, inviting property owner and business tenants to vote on whether to proceed to a formal poll.

Public Meeting

The City of Toronto BIA Office received a request from the Steering Committee to conduct a public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion on:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
437 Rogers Road, O’Sole Mio Restaurant
6 p.m.

Proposed Rogers Road BIA Public Meeting Notice

Public Meeting Results

Qualifying commercial and industrial property owners and business tenants in attendance agreed to proceed to the polling stage. City staff drafted a report to the Economic and Community Development Committee and City Council recommending that a poll be conducted to determine if there is sufficient support to create a new BIA.

Economic and Community Development Committee Decision

April 29, 2019

City Council Consideration/Decision

May 14, 2019

Poll Issue Date

June 17, 2019

Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration are also available at the City Clerk’s website.

Poll Closing Date

August 15, 2019

Poll Results

The City’s Economic and Community Development Committee considered the poll results and recommended that the BIA be approved at its October 16, 2019 meeting. City Council final decision approving the Committee’s recommendations was adopted on October 29, 2019.

Steering Committee Members

  • Patricia Brandao – Golden Wheat Bakery
  • Renzo Casullo – Ciano Florist Ltd
  • Jimmy Daoud – Rogers Music Centre
  • Cidalia Ferreira – Mimosa Floral Boutique
  • Maria Oliveira – Bank of Montreal
  • Ricardo Pinto – St. Matthews BBQ
  • Councillor Ana Bailao – City of Toronto
  • Councillor Frances Nunziata – City of Toronto

Contact Information

For Proposed Rogers Road BIA information please contact:
Renzo Casulo, Vice-chair Proposed Rogers Road BIA Steering Committee
Rogersroadsc@outlook.com

For general Business Improvement Area information please contact:
Ron Nash, City of Toronto
416-392-7354
ron.nash@toronto.ca

Background

The boards of management of the Dundas West BIA and Little Portugal BIA have proposed to merge the two Business Improvement Areas and create a single BIA. This proposal grew out of the collaboration between the two BIAs in organizing the Dundas West Festival since 2013.

At their respective 2017 Annual General Meetings, the general memberships of the two BIAs agreed to begin the merger process. The boards of management then formed a joint steering committee to guide the process of forming a new BIA that encompasses the two existing two areas. The steering committee developed a communication plan and established goals and objectives for the new BIA.

The proposed new BIA under consideration will generally include properties that front Dundas Street West from Shaw Street to just west of Lansdowne Avenue. Map of proposed new BIA. 

Steering Committee Members

The steering committee includes board members from the Dundas West BIA and Little Portugal BIA:

  • Lubo Brezina, Co-Chair – LUBO Design
  • AnaBela Taborda, Co-Chair – IC Savings
  • Shaun Bowring – The Garrison
  • Carlos Dornelas – Brazil Direct
  • Tracy Jenkins – Lula Lounge
  • Alex Kurina – Victory Social Club
  • Roger Silveira – Gayley’s Cafe
  • Maarten Sluyter – Ufficio

Two Open House sessions were held on April 26, 2017 – one in each BIA – to inform the membership and gauge support for the new BIA.

As a result of the positive support, the steering committee agreed to submit a formal request to the City of Toronto to hold a public meeting and invite property owners and business tenant members of the existing BIAs on whether to proceed to a formal poll.

Public Meeting

The City of Toronto BIA Office received a request from the Steering Committee to conduct a public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion.

Meeting details:

Monday, May 7, 2018
6:30 p.m.
350 Dovercourt Road
(Toronto Police Service 14 Division)

Public Meeting Results

The membership agreed to proceed to the polling stage and City Council recommended that a poll be conducted to determine if there is sufficient
support to create a new BIA.

Poll Results

City Council decided at its June 26, 2018, meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue a poll with the Intention to Designate the Proposed Little Portugal On Dundas Business Improvement Area (BIA). For more information see staff report and background information.

The poll notice, ballots and related information are available on the ePolling page.

Economic and Community Development Committee Consideration of Poll Results

March 6, 2019

City Council Consideration of Poll Results (BIA Established)

March 27-28, 2019

Contact Information

Little Portugal On Dundas BIA
416-540-6750
littleportugalbiatoronto@gmail.com

Background

The proposed Lawrence Ingram Keele Establishment Improvement Area Steering Committee was established in March 2019, and has been working to establish a BIA in the Lawrence-Ingram-Keele area.

The BIA under consideration will include primarily industrial and commercial properties.

Steering Committee

Since it was established, the Steering Committee has been working to address issues including:

  • Transportation (the planned Ingram Drive extension and Castlefield Avenue level crossing)
  • Advocacy on behalf of area businesses
  • Branding the area, and
  • Qualifying area business for various City Grants, including the Façade Improvement Program to improve your building front.

Open House

The Steering Committee hosted an Open House on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 and met with area industrial/commercial property owners and business tenants to present the BIA concept and receive feedback on stakeholder priorities.

Public Meeting

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, and conduct a vote whether to proceed to the formal polling stage of approval. The meeting took place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

The membership agreed to proceed to the polling stage.

Economic and Community Development Committee Decision

December 4, 2019

City Council Decision

December 17, 2019

Poll Issue Date

January 24, 2020

Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration are also available at the City Clerk’s website

Poll Closing Date

March 23, 2020

Contact Information

John Gagliano, Chair, Proposed Lawrence Ingram Keele BIA Steering Committee
info.likebia@gmail.com
www.likebia.com

Ron Nash, City of Toronto
416 392-7354
ron.nash@toronto.ca

Background

The City of Toronto received a request from The Waterfront BIA Expansion Steering Committee to conduct a public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion of The Waterfront BIA.  The Steering Committee is proposing to expand the BIA boundaries east of Yonge Street, to Cherry Street, and south of the Gardiner Expressway.

A BIA is a self-funded association of commercial and industrial property owners and business tenants created to improve the local business environment. This meeting will provide members of the business community within the proposed boundary to comment and ask questions on the proposed BIA, its objectives, operations, funding and other issues.

Steering Committee

  • Anson Kwok (Chair), VP Sales and Marketing, Pinnacle International
  • Joel Pearlman (Vice Chair), SVP Investments, Menkes
  • Elsa Fancello, VP Planning and Development, Castlepoint Numa / 3C Lakeshore Inc.
  • Daniel Marinovic, Chief Development Officer, Dream
  • Assaf Weisz, VP Organizational Strategy and Managing Director, Creative Placemaking, Artscape
  • Kevin Currie(current WBIA Chair), Owner, Wheel Excitement

Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 26
130 Queens Quay East
East Tower, 4th Floor
Artscape Daniels Launchpad – Sugar Hall C
Registration at 3:30 p.m.
Meeting at 3:45 p.m.

Contact Information

Ned Sabev, City of Toronto
416-392-1134
ned.sabev@toronto.ca

Background

The City of Toronto received a request from The Junction Gardens BIA Expansion Steering Committee to conduct a public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion of The Junction Gardens BIA.  The Steering Committee is proposing to expand the BIA boundaries along Dundas Street West, east to Annette Street and west to Runnymede Road. See map on back.

A BIA is a self-funded association of commercial and industrial property owners and business tenants created to improve the local business environment. This meeting will provide members of the business community within the proposed boundary to comment and ask questions on the proposed BIA, its objectives, operations, funding and other issues.

Steering Committee

  • Thomas Colson, The Book Exchange
  • Ilde De Berardinis, Coast Café Bar
  • Janet Di Bernardo, Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor
  • Mary Ann Di Bernardo, Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor
  • Brandon Donnelly, Junction House/Slate Asset Management
  • Jayne Dunsmore, Jayne’s Gourmet Catering and Event Management
  • Kiyo Elliott-Armstrong (BIA Board Chair), Full Stop Cafe
  • Eugenia Evans, Evans Real Estate
  • Corey Flow, Penmar Plumbing and Heating Supplies
  • Diane Moniz-Alves, Lynett Funeral Home

Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 5
West Toronto Baptist Church
3049 Dundas St. W.
Registration at 6 p.m.
Meeting at 7 p.m.

Contact Information

Marianne Szczuryk, City of Toronto
416-392-1820
marianne.szczuryk@toronto.ca

Background

The proposed Toronto Gateway Business Improvement Area Steering Committee was established in December 2019, and has been working to establish a BIA for properties generally fronting along Dixon Road, generally between Highway 401 and Highway 427, adjacent to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The BIA Approval Process

The following BIA approval process steps are scheduled to be followed by the Steering Committee.  This web site link will be updated accordingly as information becomes available for upcoming key dates.

  • Open House
  • Public Meeting
  • Public Meeting Results
  • Economic and Community Development Committee Decision (to proceed to the polling stage)
  • City Council Decision
  • Poll Issue Date
  • Poll Closing Date
  • Poll Results
  • City Council Consideration / Decision of Poll Results (to approve the BIA)

Contact Information

Ron Nash, City of Toronto
416-392-7354
ron.nash@toronto.ca