Celebrating 141 Years of Parkdale Village

Help us Celebrate & You Could Win!

The Parkdale Village BIA invites residents, visitors, shop owners and Parkdale lovers to celebrate the 141st Year Anniversary of Parkdale Village. Although January 1st marks the date that Parkdale became a village, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will be celebrating the rich history of Parkdale Village from January 23-26, 2020 by inviting residents and visitors to take a stroll down memory lane, explore the many businesses who will be celebrating in their own ways, and enter to Win in our 4 Days of Giveaways Contest!

Parkdale’s 140th Anniversary Contest! We’ve got 4 days of giveaways!! We’re drawing winner (s) daily from January 23 to 26. Win 1 of a few HUGE prize packs, to enter simply Like, Share or Comment on our Contest post on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy prizes from local shops. Stay tuned for more details about prizing! One prize pack per person. Ontario residents. Winners drawn by 4pm daily. Contest runs January 23-26, 2020.

Surf Tiki Vacation @ The Shameful Tiki Room on January 23, 2020

Documenting Black Families Opening Reception @ Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue – BAND on January 23, 2020

A Night of Comedy & Music @ TO Lounge on January 24, 2020

Eighties + Nineties Night @ Stones Place on January 24, 2020

Shane Pendergast @ Today/Tonight on January 25, 2020

Korean Typography Workshop⁠ @ Paper Plus Cloth on January 26, 2020

Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich Special @ Glory Hole Doughnuts January 25, 2020

More Events added daily!

Residents and visitors will also be encouraged to learn more about the community by visiting the Parkdale Village BIA and Facebook page, where historical photos and stories will be shared throughout the month. #proudlyparkdale

Learn more about Parkdale Village history here!

Apply Today – $5,000 Grant towards growing your retail business within the Parkdale BIA

The Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program is aimed at helping main street retail businesses with training to assist them further with operations and marketing their business.  The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant of $5,000 towards growing small/medium retail businesses within the Parkdale BIA and City of Toronto. Apply Today!


If I Do the Training Am I Guaranteed to Get the Grant?

There are enough grants to give everyone who completes the training sessions a grant. However, completing the training program does not guarantee you a grant. Clients need to complete the training program, complete and submit the required business/marketing plan, the plan will be scored by the grant committee to be approved. The goal of the program is to provide everyone who does the training to receive funding – but clients must put in the effort and do the required work. If you do the work, you are likely to be approved.

What Are the Benefits?

Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program provides:

  • Retail training focused on developing and managing their business.
  • Custom retail training provided by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC).
  • Further advisory services and mentoring.
  • A grant of $5,000 to assist them in growing their retail business.

Who Can Apply?

You can apply if you’re:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • A Toronto resident or operating your retail business in Toronto.
  • Must be full-time self-employed and hold majority ownership in the business.
  • Must have a physical retail location and provide current lease/rental agreement at the time of application.
  • Must provide a valid commercial insurance certificate of your business
  • No on-line retail operation is allowed to apply
  • No franchise operation is allowed to apply.

How to Apply and What’s Involved?

To successfully complete the program, applicants must:

  • Apply on-line.
  • Undergo an interview and selection process.
  • Agree to participate in a custom retail training modules over a two to three week period.
  • Create and submit a business plan/marketing plan after the training is complete.
  • Grant committee will review business/marketing plan.
  • Grant distribution of $5,000.

Can I Start a Business of Any Kind, or Are Some Types Excluded?

In order to receive funding, the business must be a retail business located within the City of Toronto, it can be a new startup, an acquisition (i.e. the participant is purchasing a business from a retiring entrepreneur) or an existing business that is expanding to create new jobs.

As long as the applicant is fully responsible for the on-going operation of the business and/or is the majority shareholder in the case of a corporation.

To be eligible, a business or proposed business must:

  • be an independent business venture
  • be a legal business in Ontario
  • operate at arm’s length from family business ventures
  • operate in Ontario
  • operate full-time as defined in the business plan
  • maintain its own books and records
  • maintain a separate business bank account
  • follow all government rules and regulations and applicable by-laws for the operation of the business.

Non-eligible businesses are those that:

  • rely on commission sales
  • are part of an existing franchise operation
  • no on-line business operations
  • no mobile business operations.

Can My Business Be a Partnership?

Yes. A business or proposed business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation, but the grant can only be given to one person in the company. For corporations and partnerships, the recipient must own more than 50 per cent of the shares. The Starter Company Retail Accelerator grant recipient must be responsible for the ongoing management of the firm.

In addition, if there are two partners only one is eligible to receive the Starter Company Retail Accelerator grant of $5,000 for a specific business idea (grants will not be given to multiple individuals for the same business idea).

How Much Grant Funding is Available and Do I Need to Invest My Own Funds?

Participants will receive $5,000 in funding.

Participants are expected to contribute 25 per cent of the grant amount they are requesting. This may include asset-based in-kind contributions at fair market value, such as equipment, inventory required to run the business and marketing expenses.

Are There Any Items Excluded from Consideration of “In-kind” Contributions?

In-kind contributions may not include “sweat equity” (a contribution in the form or effort as opposed to a financial contribution) or loans or other types of loaned support.

Do I Have to Open a Business or Attend Mentoring Meetings to Receive the Grant?

Participants who receive a Starter Company Retail Accelerator grant must sign an agreement that outlines their responsibilities under the program. If they do not adhere to this agreement they will be considered in default of the program and there will be every effort to recover all grant monies disbursed.

What Is the Expected Time Commitment for Starter Company Retail Accelerator grant Participation?

In addition to operating their business, participants are expected to attend formal mentoring meetings at least once a month for six months. Participants may also meet informally with their business mentors. During the six month period, participants must provide business reports to Enterprise Toronto. Reports should provide details on:

  • Revenues
  • Cash flow
  • Hiring
  • Other business details as requested

Who Decides if I Get Approved?

A grant committee made up of City of Toronto staff and private sector stakeholders will review applications and determine which applicants are accepted and the amount of funding a proposal receives. Acceptance decisions are based on:

  • feasibility of the proposed or existing business
  • proposed business’s potential for job creation
  • start-up budget and cash flow financing needs of the proposed business
  • cash and in-kind contributions of the applicant
  • applicant’s entrepreneurial aptitude (based on interview)

I Am Working Full Time. Am I Eligible for Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program?

The intent of Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program is to help people grow their retail business.  Those working fulltime are not eligible.

If I Previously Received a Starter Company Grant from 2014-2018, May I Apply for a Starter Company Retail Accelerator Grant?

No. If you or your company have already received a grant under the Starter Company Plus program you may not apply to any of the other grant streams that are offered as part of Starter Company Plus.

I Don’t Live in Toronto. Can I Still Apply?

Starter Company Plus is a provincial program, but you must apply in the municipality where you reside and where your business is located.

Find your local small business enterprise centre.

Starter Company Plus is a Government of Ontario program offered in Toronto by Enterprise Toronto.

Support Local Weekend is Coming Up Nov 30th!

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On November 30th, 2019 Canadians nationwide are being encouraged to Shop Locally within their Neighbourhoods, to make a local purchase and take advantage of exclusive event deals offered by the businesses in their areas. The weekend celebrates small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives.  So we ask you Parkdale, help us celebrate and choose to #Shoplocal or #ShopTOWest on Nov 30 within our amazing Parkdale Village! But that’s not all, don’t let your support of community entrepreneurs start and end on Nov 30, we hope you’ll shop and re-explore your community throughout December. And don’t forget, supporting local doesn’t always mean shopping, why not visit a new place, make a donation or enjoy an evening show!.

Stay tuned for dozens of deals, promotions and local events we’ll be sharing or take a look at the Sneak Peak below!. Share your own local recommendations and favorites by using hashtag #parkdale #shopTOWest & #shoplocal

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

A Sneak Peak at Shop Local Deals & Events this Holiday Season, check back Daily for updates!

The 1605 Night Market – Nov 23, 2019
Happy Snowman Paint n Sip @ TO Lounge – Nov 26, 2019

Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show Opening Night @ Norther Contemporary Gallery – Nov 28th, 2019

Quique Escamilla Live @ Today / Tonight – Fri Nov 29, 2019
The Come Up Market Winter Edition @ 1605 Queen St. W – Sat Nov 30th
Seniors Community Engagement Program @ Parkdale Intercultural Association – Sat Nov 30th, 2019
Beatles VS Stones @ Stones Place – Fri Nov 28th, 2019
GIVE BACK! iSLAS 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration – Dec 12
He Lives In You – Farewell To The Lion Concert @ Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church – Dec 14, 2019
Handmade Holiday Fare @ Northern Contemporary Gallery – Dec 15, 2019
Stones Place Holiday Hop! – Dec 21
Roaring Twenties: A New Years Eve Gala @ Northern Contemporary
Sing in the New Year with By Request! @ TO Lounge

Parkdale Village 2020! – We need your feedback

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) would like to thank everyone who inquired and attended our recent Annual General Meeting on October 9th, 2019.  Unfortunately the meeting was not attended by as many members as we would have liked and in an effort to service our membership better we ask that you take a quick 1 min survey to help us better prepare for next years AGM.

(if you wish to complete the survey in person, please make arrangements via our office)

A reminder that the purpose of this meeting was to approve the BIA’s budget and general program for 2020.
Although the Board continues to build off of the incredible 2017 Members Survey Results, of which were used to define priorities for our 2018-2025 Workplan, we still need your continued feedback, support & participation.  

If you still wish to obtain a copy of the complete AGM proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA and we will drop off or mail you a copy of the package.

A few key highlights from our 2020 Budget & Programming;

  1. Lowering the Levy
  2. Relocating Spring Festival funds towards Streetscape initiatives such as; Street Cleaning + Maintenance, Community Safety + Crime Prevention  
  3. Relocating Administrative & Staffing costs towards Streetscape initiatives 
  4. Supporting more local events & festivals within the area throughout the year
  5.  Increasing our contribution to Capital Reserve funds, in anticipation of the Parkdale HUB Development

The BIA currently funds, manages and helps facilitate dozens of Streetscape, Marketing, Events & Advocacy initiatives within Parkdale Village along Queen Street West and continues to seek additional guidance from members to ensure that we are focusing on initiatives that represent members interests.

The general functions of a traditional BIA are to:

  • To oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally
  • To promote the area as a business or shopping area
  • To maintain business improvement area-initiated streetscaping and capital assets within the business improvement area
  • To offer graffiti and poster removal services respecting building facades visible from the street, to all member property owners who provide written consent, upon approval of the program by the general membership of the business improvement area
  • To undertake safety and security initiatives within the business improvement area
  • To undertake strategic planning necessary to address business improvement area issues
  • To advocate on behalf of the interests of the business improvement area
  • To support economic development
  • To provide services to members as needed

Thank you and let’s make 2020 in Parkdale Village the best yet!

Annual General Meeting – Wed Oct 9, 2019

As a member of the BIA, you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting: Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.) Parkdale Centre for Innovation, 1464 Queen Street West, Toronto (Queen St. West & Lansdowne Ave)


1. Call to Order, Introductions and Opening Remarks

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

3. Approval of 2018 Annual General Meeting Minutes

4. Auditor’s 2018 Report

5. Appointment of Auditor for 2019

6. Report from Ward 4 City Councillor Gord Perks

7. Sub-Committee Reports

8. Proposed Program and Budget for 2020 (see over)

9. New Business 

The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and general program for 2020. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA. Please forward a copy of this notice to your non-residential tenants. For more info contact Anna Bartula, BIA Executive Director 416-536-6918 [email protected]

Proof of BIA membership will be required. Please bring photo ID and either a business card, utility bill showing business/tenant name and address, or your City of Toronto property tax bill. Only members of the BIA, and legal representatives of BIA members (proof required), are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, states that Business Improvement Area Members are defined as “all persons who own rateable property in a business property class and all persons who are non-residential tenants of rateable property in a business property class in a business improvement area.” A “person” is defined by Chapter 19 to include “a corporation and the heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives of a person to whom the context can apply according to the law.” No person in attendance shall have more than one vote. Please note: As per the amended City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 19, adopted by City Council at its meeting on July 4-7, 2017, designates are no longer eligible to vote on behalf of BIA members at annual general meetings. Therefore, a designate form has not been included in your AGM notice package.

Momo Crawl 2019 is coming – are you ready!

Momo Crawl TO 2019 is coming back to Little Tibet, Parkdale and it’s bigger and better than ever!

This July 28th in Little Tibet (Parkdale), Students for a Free Tibet Canada is ecstatic to host you Toronto foodies on a steamy savoury crawl for the top Momos.

What’s a Momo you ask? Momos are delicious Tibetan (and Himalayan) dumplings (meat or veg) mixed with a balanced blend of herbs and spices, hand-wrapped in dough and steamed to perfection.

Buy a Momo passport for Little Tibet for $25, and open your gates to Little Tibet. You may think the passport is just a document that authorizes travel or authenticates the bearers’ identity, but it grants you a GRAND total of 10 Momos from a variety of different Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in Parkdale.

Participating Restaurants:
Himalayan Kitchen
Little Tibet
Loga’s Momo Corner
Om Restaurant
Shangrila Restaurant
Songtsen Gampo Cafe *NEW*
Tashi Delek Cafe
Tiny Cafe *NEW*

Momo Crawl TO is presented by the Parkdale Village BIA alongside many other generous sponsors.

#MomoCrawlTO #LittleTibet #SFTCanada

For any questions or concerns contact us at: [email protected]
Visit our facebook page to learn more about what we do: https://www.facebook.com/sftcanada

Parkdale’s May 11 Spring Festival is coming!

The countdown in ON for our Saturday May 11th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market – We’re bringing back some of last years favorites!

Night Market (4pm-9pm): With the success of last years Night Market it was clear visitors loved the eclectic tastes of Parkdale Chefs. This years 10,000 sqft food market features more scrumptious food from glorious doughnuts, Filipino BBQ, to Tibetan & Japanese cuisine, patio seating and tunes by DJ Sparkdale! Food can be purchased from individual vendors! (1325 Queen St W @ Cowan). Tents generously provided by Roncy Rocks.

The Kids Zone: Brought to you by The Boulevard Club,is a 10,000 sqft free outdoor family play area located at Callender Ave. (1624 Queen W) Some attractions include:

  • Smash!: Grab a tennis racket and check out The Boulevard Club inflatable ‘Smash Zone’ – how fast can you hit the tennis ball!?   
  • Roar: Come meet T-Rex the 7 foot dinosaur!
  • Magic Gym Bus: Enjoy this 40 foot gymnastics & dance obstacle course!
  • Say Cheese!: Grab a silly prop and get a photo portrait of your family or crew. All images are free & posted on Facebook after the Festival. 
  • Mobile Skate park: Get those kids on some wheels! Learn to skateboard or scooter at the Evolve mobile skate park, equipment and instructors available on site!
  • DJ Fluffy Soufflé: Unabashed, unapologetic, and loads of fun, Miss Fluffy Soufflé is sure to keep the whole family entertained and on their feet!
  • Pirate Life: Join the crew and search for treasure! The pirates have sailed into Toronto and need your help to solve the mysteries and riddles! Climb aboard and partake in the adventure!

The Cycling Zone: Visit the Cycling Zone where you can get a free bike tune up and learn more about local cycling advocacy groups and projects. (Close Ave and Queen St West).

The Community Zone: is a 5,000 sqft road closure located at Cowan Ave and features local groups and agencies doing incredible work within the Parkdale Community – come & support a cause, donate or learn more about getting involved! (1313 Queen St W @ Cowan).  

The Zero Waste Fair: Hosted by Zero Waste Hub Toronto features repair, reuse and recycler vendors. (Dufferin Amphitheatre @ Queen St W)

The Little Tibet Market: Hosted by Students for a Free Tibet Canada, invites you to kick off the celebration with a “Sangsol” opening ceremony at 11:00am. Enjoy Tibetan arts & crafts, vendors, music, poetry, a fashion show & more! Performance schedule coming soon! (1447 Queen St. W @ Jameson)Parkdale Flea Market: Browse this special Spring Festival edition of the Parkdale Flea Market at their NEW location, bringing together some of the best and most unique products from Antiques, Vintage, Collectables, Local Artisans and Designers. (1605 Queen St W @ Triller Ave)

Parkdale’s 140th Birthday Installation: take a photo, grab a loot bag, celebrate Parkdale!

Toronto Designers Market Patio Pop up: Over 3000 sqft  featuring over 30+ designers ranging from furniture and household items to clothing and jewellery, come and explore the indoor & outdoor Patio Market! (1605 Queen St W @ Triller Ave)

Crown Flora Flower Market: The Floral event of the season returns. Join some of Crown Florals favorite artisan vendors in their indoor market, and shop your heart out at the indoor/outdoor flower market! (1233 Queen St. W. @ Gwynne)

Sidewalk Sale: Browse dozens of local deals, vendors, artisans along Queen West from Roncesvalles to Dufferin! Visit local shops as they offer deals inside and out as well as giveaways or special attractions and entertainment!

Tulip Giveaways: Head on over to Sorauren Ave & Queen St W for tulip giveaways while quantities last!

Performance Schedule: Enjoy musical performances at 4 Zones! Schedule coming soon for Community Zone, Kids Zone, Little Tibet Market & Night Market.

Thank you Sponsors, Partners, BIA Members & Visitors!
The Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market is brought to you by the Parkdale Village BIA, The Boulevard Club, Toronto Parking Authority, and is in partnership with Zero Waste Hub Toronto, Students for a Free Tibet Canada and TABIA. Thank you for your support and commitment to Parkdale Village!

Call for Volunteers – Spring Festival 2019

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to [email protected] along with your resume, listing any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 40 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3), six (6) and eight (8+) hour shifts, scheduled between 7:00am & 11:45pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver/Delivery
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to repeatedly lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on Saturday May 11th, 2019!

Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.

Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood!  Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!

UPDATE: King, Queen, Roncy, Queensway Reconstruction in 2019

February 21, 2019 Update from Councillor Gord Perks regarding the latest update on King- Queensway-Queen-Roncesvalles Project from Chief Engineer, Michael D’Andrea. Please find his email below:

As you know, in early February, the City issued the tender for the planned project at the intersection at King / The Queensway / Queen / Roncesvalles. This project included: sewer and watermain replacement, replacing the entire TTC overhead and track infrastructure within the intersection and west along The Queensway, Streetscaping, road and intersection works along the Queensway, rehabilitating the bridge over Parkside Drive, removing the right-turn channel at Queensway and King Street and overall intersection / road improvements within the area. Based on feedback received to date from contractors considering the tender, there are areas of construction and design that require additional review and clarity to ensure the construction delivery schedule and budget can be upheld and delivered according to plan.

As a result, the City of Toronto is rescheduling the delivery of this project to 2020.

Efforts are underway between several City Divisions and TTC to firm up the design, schedule, and tender and reporting to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. We expect to provide additional information to all stakeholders involved (Parkdale BIA / Roncesvalles BIA / St. Joseph’s Health Centre) in April – with more details to follow for the residents in the area at a later date.

We understand that the wait and anticipation for this construction has been a long time coming; however, the City and TTC wanted to ensure that the planned construction will be delivered according to the plan, schedule and budget that works to mitigate traffic and TTC service impacts as much as possible. We look forward to meeting with you and stakeholders soon, to further discuss these measures.

I will continue to provide you with information and updates as they are received.

Thank you for your patience while city staff do the necessary background work to ensure the intersection work is done on time and within budget.

Regards, Councillor Gord Perks

Ward 4, Parkdale High-Park

Published Feb 9, 2019

The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) in 2019. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.

Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019;

  • As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced
  • Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  •  Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
  •  Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
  • Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection

As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be;

  • Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
  • Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
  • Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
  • Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)

Time Line This work will take place in three main stages;

  • Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West
    • March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
  • Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
    •  August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
  • Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
    • April 2019 to October 2019

Road Closures;

  • Roncesvalles will be closed to “Thru-Traffic” March 31 to August 4 2019
    • Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue)
    • Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
    • 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
    • Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
  • South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
    • Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
    • Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
    • Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
  • Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
    • Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
    • Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)

BIA Members;

  • The Parkdale BIA and the Roncesvalles BIA is working with individual businesses to help support them throughout this process, if you have any questions please contact your respective BIA office.

More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on the Councillors website and the City’s website. As with all construction related projects timelines may be slightly altered.

This project will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area.

If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Councillor Gord Perks’ Office Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park.

100 Queen Street West, Suite A14 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 (t) 416-392-7919 (f) 416-392-0398 www.gordperks.ca twitter: @gordperks Facebook: @GordPerks

Façade Improvement Grant

New for 2019 – get up to $15,000  for 50% of the cost of renovating your business facade & for adding AODA Approved accessibility features!

The Facade Improvement Program provides up to $15,000 for 50% of the total cost of storefront renovations & beautification. The base grant provides up to $12,500 for the purposes of completing storefront facade upgrades and beautification. For example, a business could get new signage, upgrade the windows and entranceway, install building-front lighting, and restore the heritage brickwork. 

New this year, businesses can get an additional add-on to the grant of $2,500 for accessibility upgrades to help make your business entranceway meets AODA Standards. For example, the storefront entranceway could be widened, a permanent ramp could be added, and an automatic door opener could be installed.

The Facade Improvement Program is a great opportunity for property owners & business owners located in the BIA area, as it allows you to improve your property frontage at a fraction of the cost, and helps businesses put their best foot forward in attracting customers!

We expect that funding for this program will be renewed by City-Council in mid-February of 2019.

The eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry.


Improving the appearance of your building’s façade shows that you care about your property. In addition, your neighborhood streetscape is improved. This provides a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.


Funding for this program is given out on a first-come-first basis. Applicants must select 3+ facade improvements that they wish to implement by year-end, as well as any accessibility features that they wish to include in order to get the  $2,500 accessibility top-up. Two quotes for each renovation must be provided to the city, which they will use to assess the value of the renovations. Grant funding will be assessed based off of the lowest of the two quotes.

The Following are examples of improvements that the Facade Improvement Program will cover:

  • Brick cleaning treatments such as power washing
  • Re-pointing of brick masonry
  • Exterior painting (not including painting of brick) as part of other façade improvements
  • Replacement of doors or windows (on any level on the front facade of the building)
  • Replacement or repair of cornice, parapets and other architectural features
  • Installation or replacement of awnings or canopies
  • Installation and improvement of signage
  • Installation or upgrading of exterior lighting features
  • Professional redesign of storefront
  • Installation of wheelchair ramps and accessible entrances
  • Other improvements as agreed to by the Manager at the City BIA Office

The program does not cover the following improvements:

  • Brick painting
  • Stucco work
  • Window Decals / Clings
  • Interior renovations
  • Same-as replacement of existing features
  • Cafe Patios

All work considered must result in a physical improvement of the building facade, not just a simple replacement due to ware.


  • You must be the property owner or have the permission of the property owner
  • Your building must be located in a Business Improvement Area (BIA) that has been in existence for five (5) or more years
  • You must not owe outstanding taxes to the City
  • You must not start your improvement project before the funding application is approved
  • You must have not received the maximum façade improvement funding for your property in previous years.

Applying for the Facade Improvement Program is very simple:

  1. Collect two quotes for each of the three or more pieces of facade work that you wish to complete through the program.
  2. Complete and submit the application form as indicated in the application form.
  3. If approved for funding, you will go into an agreement with The City of Toronto – Economic Development & Culture Division.
  4. Once the facade improvements are completed and accounted for, the city will provide the grant funding to the successful applicant.

The program is first-come-first-serve starting at the beginning of each calendar year when The City sets its budget. While there is a due date for the program, it is highly recommended that members submit their paperwork as soon as possible, as funding is often 100% allocated by mid-April.


  1. Applicant contacts the City’s BIA Office to determine eligibility
    Phone 416-392-1005
    Fax: 416-392-1380
    E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Applicant completes application form
  3. City reviews the application. Funding review committees are composed of local architects, business owners, historical experts and other community representatives and make recommendations to City Council
  4. City approves or declines the application
  5. City issues funding cheques to successful applicants upon completion of the agreed-upon work.

City Program Website / Sample Commercial Facade Application 2018

Special thanks to the Danny / Danforth Mosaic BIA for resources and info.