BIA for Willowdale
We are currently working with the City of Toronto and local businesses in North York in the formation of a BIA as a member of the steering committee. We believe a BIA is in great interest to the Korean businesses in North York, as it will establish an attractive image of North York and therefore bring more customers.
What is a BIA?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of business people within a specified district, who join together, with official approval of the City, in a self-help program aimed at stimulating local business.
It serves as an economic and social anchor, helping to stabilize and revitalize the local community.
There are currently 80 BIAs established in Toronto but none exist in the North York or surrounding areas
What are some of the benefits?
•Capital Cost-share Program
•Financial assistance for mural projects; commercial façade
improvements and streetscape master plans.
•Street and sidewalk maintenance and capital improvements
•Promotion of the BIA through the City as a business, employment,
tourist or shopping area
•Hosting neighbourhood festivals and events (i.e. Taste of the Danforth)
•Advocate on behalf of their membership as a unified voice
How does it work?
Once a BIA is established, the Board of Directors will decide upon a budget for the upcoming year in order to meet its goals to benefit the community. Funds for the budget are collected as a levy to all property owners residing in the BIA boundaries. The amount each property owners contributes is based on their property value, multiplied by the budget and divided by the total commercial assessment which currently sits a around $2.2 billion.
Most Korean businesses are currently tenants of these property owners, so once passed this levy will most likely be included in your monthly rent.
Have your say!
Are you a business owner and concerned about the costs of the program or how the money will be used? Join us! The steering committee is currently looking for Korean business owners operating between Finch and Sheppard to join the meetings and perhaps run to be on the board. As a board member, you will be able to make key decisions on the budget, allocation of funds, and marketing of the BIA.
You can learn more at the official steering committee website below:
Businesses in the proposed boundaries can now vote as of August 22nd until October 22nd 2020! Whether you are "for" or "against" the BIA, as a property owner or business tenant you have the right to vote. A minimum of 100 votes are required and 51% must be in favour for the motion to pass at City council. If the vote is successful to form the BIA, all properties in the proposed boundaries will be included - there is not option to opt out.
Presentations, Documents, Meeting Minutes
Proposed BIA boundaries:
North: Hendon/Bishop Ave
East: Kenneth Ave
South: Bogert Ave-Anndale Dr
West: Beecroft Rd