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, 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, 2020
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

April 8, 2020

City Council Consideration/Decision

April 30, 2020

Poll Issue Date

TBD. Poll details, including the notice, ballot and declaration will be available at the City Clerk’s website.

Contact Information

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

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)