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.

Proposed Little Portugal Toronto BIA

City Council decided at its June 26, 2018 meeting to direct the City Clerk to issue this poll with the Intention to Designate the Proposed Little Portugal Toronto 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.

Poll closes October 18, 2018.

Poll Results

  • Subject to the above approvals.

Background Information

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.

The general memberships of the two BIAs agreed to begin the merger process at their respective 2017 Annual General Meetings. 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

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

The steering committee held two Open House sessions 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 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.

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.


For information about the proposed Little Portugal Toronto BIA:
Goreti Cardoso or at 416 540-6750

For general Business Improvement Area information:
Ron Nash, City of Toronto or 416 392-7354