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May 15, 2006
City launches website for local Business Improvement Areas
A new site devoted specifically to the unique needs of Toronto’s Business Improvement Areas (BIA) has just been launched.

Through, users can access information on how to create a BIA - an association of local business people and property owners working together to enhance the business area. It also provides a profile and map of each BIA, information on administrative and financial support provided to BIAs and the City’s BIA Operating Handbook - a resource to help BIAs manage their day-to-day affairs.

Toronto’s 54 BIAs work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. By working collectively as a BIA, local business have the organizational and funding capacity to be catalysts for civic improvement, enhancing the quality of life in their local neighbourhood and the City as a whole.

Toronto’s BIAs represent over 20,000 businesses - the largest number of BIAs in North America. Together, they generate over $10,000,000 in funding towards street and sidewalk beautification, marketing and promotional campaigns, street festivals, clean street campaigns, and crime prevention strategies. BIAs also act as a unified voice to address issues on behalf of their membership.

Other resources found on include information on financial incentive programs for streetscape improvements, community festivals and events, commercial research projects, mural programs, and façade improvement grants.

Media contacts:

Eva Pyatt
Small Business & Local Partnerships
Economic Development

Mike Major
BIA Office
Economic Development



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