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 areas listed below are under consideration.

The BIA Approval Process

  • 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)

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

Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration are also available at ePolling.

Poll Closing Date

March 23

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 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.

Steering Committee

  • Janak Bhawnani – Vice Chair
  • Councillor Michael Ford
  • Shaun Gupta – Secretary
  • Steve Gupta
  • Amandip Jawanda
  • Jack Martino
  • David Sutton – Chair
  • Sukhdev Toor

Contact Information

Proposed Toronto Gateway BIA
torontogatewayvia@gmail.com

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

Background

The proposed Willowdale BIA Steering Committee was formed in November 2019 after months of preparation and a public meeting with business and community leaders in Willowdale. Their goal is to establish a BIA in Willowdale from Bishop Ave. south to Highway 401, and generally Doris Ave. west to Beecroft Ave. The area is home to approximately 1,800 businesses with a population of over 80,000 who live within a five-minute walk from Yonge St.

The City of Toronto received a request from the Willowdale BIA Steering Committee to expedite slightly the process to form a BIA in Toronto. The request by the Willowdale BIA Steering Committee, through local Councillor for Willowdale, John Filion, was to skip the step of conducting a public meeting to discuss the proposed Willowdale BIA. Due to the Steering Committee’s extensive public engagement and the expeditious need to help businesses address the economic impact of Covid-19, this motion was adopted by the Economic and Community Development Committee on July 20. Should the motion be passed at City Council on July 28 the Willowdale BIA will move directly to the stage of a formal poll.

The poll will provide members of the business community within the proposed boundary to vote on the proposed BIA, which is a self-funded association of commercial and industrial property owners and business tenants who seek to improve Willowdale’s business environment.

Steering Committee

The Willowdale BIA Steering Committee has been working hard to address three specific areas:

  • accessing exclusive benefits & programs from the City of Toronto
  • building and strengthening connections between local business leaders,
    developing resources for businesses struggling to survive in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • preparing for large-scale construction projects such a TTC’s subway extensions/improvements, TransformYonge, extension of Beecroft Ave. north and Doris Ave. south.

Steering Committee members include:

  • Nuno Topa (Chair), Great West Life Realty Advisors (5140 Yonge St.)
  • Audrey Swartz, Korean Canadian Business Association, Executive Director
  • Cecilia Garcia, North York Arts
  • Chae Young Kim, MeNami and Han Ba Tang
  • Edward Skira, UrbanToronto.com
  • Hussein Kaba, ‘ivari’
  • James Pang, Saryo Café & Konjiki Ramen
  • Jeff Oulahen, Oulahen Team RE/MAX Realtron Realty Inc. Brokerage
  • Kim Huntley & Ashley Sealy, North York Central Library – Toronto Public Library
  • Mark Persaud, Persaud Law Group
  • Mark Salvarinas, World Financial Group Canada
  • Markus O’Brien-Fehr & Jesse James, Councillor Filion’s Office
  • Michael Singer, Novotel Hotel and Suites
  • Ommid John Faghani, Newland Financial & Iran Canada Business Council
  • Peter Roh & Young Lee, Korean Canadian Business Association
  • Pamela Kalsner, Manulife Investment Management
  • Rosa Garofalo, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (Yonge-Sheppard Centre)
  • Sandra L., Invesco Canada
  • Sue-Ann Redford, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (Empress Walk)
  • Terry Chang, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Vijay Thomas, Tangentia
  • Wendy Wu, Great West Life Realty Advisors (5000 Yonge St.)

Economic and Community Development Committee Decision

July 20

City Council Consideration/Decision

July 28

Poll Issue Date

August 24

Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration are also available at ePolling.

Poll Closing Date

October 22

Contact Information

Nuno Topa (Chair)

www.willowdalebia.com

info@willowdalebia.com

Ned Sabev, City of Toronto

416-392-1134

ned.sabev@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.

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 expand the BIA.

Economic and Community Development Committee Decision

June 4

City Council Consideration/Decision

June 29

Poll Issue Date

September 21

Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration are also available at ePolling.

Poll Closing Date

October 20

Contact Information

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

Background

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, The City of Toronto received a request from The Beach BIA Steering Committee to expedite the process to expand the BIA boundary west along Queen St E from Lockwood Rd to Coxwell Av. The request by The Beach BIA Steering Committee, through local Councillor for Ward 13, Brad Bradford was to skip the step of conducting a formal in person public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion. Due to the Steering Committee’s extensive public engagement and the expeditious need to help businesses address the economic impact of Covid-19, this motion was adopted at City Council on July 28. The Beach BIA will move directly to the stage of a formal poll.

The poll will provide members of the business community within the proposed boundary to vote on the proposed expanded BIA, which is a self-funded association of commercial and industrial property owners and business tenants who seek to improve The Beach BIA business environment.

Steering Committee

  • Evan Perelekos, General Manager, Live Nation Canada Inc
  • Ted Havaris, Owner/Operator, Casa Di Giorgio
  • Brett Young – Brett’s Ice Cream
  • Russ Ward, Nabor’s Paint The Beach BIA Board Member
  • Mohammad Khosh-Ghalb -The Beach BIA Board Member/Treasurer,
  • Anna Sebert – Executive Director, The Beach BIA

City Council Consideration/Decision

July 28

Poll Issue Date

September 28

Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration are also available at ePolling.

Poll Closing Date

October 27

Contact Information

Sandi Koitsis-Zigomanis

416-392-7183

Sandi.Koitsis-Zigomanis@toronto.ca