Meetings, Polls & News
The City will organize and host formal public meeting(s) and conduct polls to determine if there is sufficient interest in establishing a new BIA.
Proposed Expansion of Weston Village BIA
On July 4, 2017 City Council adopted the intention to pass a by-law to expand Weston Village BIA to include all rateable property in a business property class north along Weston Road from King Street to Church Street.
Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19 requires that a formal poll be conducted before passing a by-law to expand an existing BIA.
For information about how BIA polls are conducted, who can vote, and how to take part, see Frequently Asked Questions about BIA polls.
To participate in the poll on Proposed Expansion of Weston Village BIA, visit web page with ballot and related documents.
A motion was passed to proceed with the process of a major expansion of the Business Improvement Area at the 2015 Weston Village BIA Annual General Meeting.
The BIA circulated communication outlining the goals and objectives of the BIA to commercial property owners and commercial tenants in the proposed expansion area.
On September 22, 2016, an Open House meeting organized by the BIA and the Councillor’s office was held. Commercial property owners and commercial tenants within the proposed expansion area were invited and in attendance. A Steering Committee of five commercial property owners and commercial tenants was formed at the meeting.
Members of the Steering Committee canvassed the area to meet with potential BIA members, and confirmed the boundaries of proposed expansion.
The Steering Committee held meetings on November 24, 2016 and January 12, 2017 where they compiled interviews and signatures of commercial property owners and business tenants to confirm their support of expanding the BIA.
The City of Toronto received a request from the Weston Village BIA Expansion Steering Committee to conduct a public consultation to discuss the proposed expansion.
The public consultation was held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Mount Dennis Weston Health Centre, where eligible participants voted unanimously in favour of proceeding to the formal polling stage.
About The Weston Village BIA
The Weston Village BIA has worked on several initiatives since it was established 1979. Over the years it has continued to improve the streetscape and organizes two successful annual events, the Weston Santa Clause Parade and the Farmers Market. Businesses in the proposed expansion area can benefit from:
- The Weston Village BIA website, which includes a business directory
- Implementation of a BIA Strategic Plan focussing on marketing, promotion, beautification, safety and business retention
- Being part of a collective voice that advocates for local businesses
Weston Village Expansion Steering Committee Members:
- Peter Kalamaris, Perfect Blend
- Gus Triantafollou, Egg Smart
- John Terzakis, Fern Plaza
- Marianne Hatherley, Weston/Mount Dennis Health Centre
- Olumide Olatoye, Weston Quick Print
For more information about The Weston Village BIA, contact Marion O’Sullivan, BIA Executive Director, at 416-249-0691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Establishment of Yonge & St. Clair BIA
On August 16, 2017, a Public Meeting was held to discuss the proposed Yonge & St. Clair BIA. The proposed BIA would be generally located along St. Clair Avenue from Avenue Road to Avoca Avenue, and along Yonge Street from Woodlawn Avenue to Heath Street.
Over 30 potential BIA members (business owners and commercial property owners) attended the meeting and voted overwhelmingly to continue the process to establish a BIA.
A staff report recommending that the City Clerk conduct a formal poll to establish the Yonge & St. Clair BIA will go to Economic Development Committee at its September 20, 2017 meeting and then will be considered by City Council at its October 2, 2017 meeting.
In October 2016, a group of commercial property and business owners met to consider establishing a business improvement area in the Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue area.
The objective of the proposed BIA is to re-establish the area’s vibrancy. The initial focus will be to create a new brand/image for the area; improve on or replace existing streetscaping to make the area safe, comfortable and pedestrian friendly; and encourage new businesses to locate in the area.
The meeting was organized by Councillor Josh Matlow and provided attendees an opportunity to discuss the area’s issues, strengths and future opportunities – and how a BIA could be beneficial.
In May 2017, a Steering Committee comprised of local commercial property and business owners and Councillor Matlow was officially created to carry out the City’s process to establish a new BIA. Steering Committee members:
- Councillor Josh Matlow
- Mike Goncalves, Stonerose Studio
- Mazen Zahili,La Barista Café
- Kat Clarke, CNIB
- Joseph Feldman, Camrost-Felcorp
- Jonathan West, Camrost-Felcorp
- Ben Rafael, Kiva’s Bagel
- Jeff May, Scallywags
- Steven Gerry, Paperboy Cards & Gifts
- Frank Sinclair, Desjardins
- Katie Fong, Slate Asset Management
- David Hastings, IBI
- Rossana Carelli, Balance
- Myles Dalton, The Centre for Fitness, Health and Performance
- Jessica Myers, Colliers International (facilitator)
On June 20, 2017 an Open House (morning and afternoon sessions) was held at 55 St. Clair Avenue West to provide further information about the proposal.
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This particular project stands out as one of the finer neighbourhood improvement projects carried out under the City’s Capital Cost-share program with BIAs.
The lighting of this bridge not only highlights and compliments the important artwork already done by Eldon Garnet but also accentuates the bridge as the gateway into a revitalized Riverside District.
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A grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada has helped the Parkdale Village BIA create seven green spaces within Parkdale, along Queen Street West.
Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas presents City with Michael Comstock Community Builder Award
Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) held their annual awards, and this year presented the City of Toronto with the Michael Comstock Community Builder Award. Mr. Comstock, who passed away last year, was a long-time advocate for his St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and served as president of TABIA until April 2012.
This award honours his work and legacy by congratulating the City for its pivotal partnership with Toronto’s BIAs to foster safe, vibrant and prosperous business communities throughout the city.
For a complete listing of all the award winners please visit toronto-bia.com.