2020 Facade Improvement Grant Open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Commercial Facade Improvement Program. This program is available only to businesses within a BIA.

Property owners, or business tenants with the permission of the owner, may receive up to $12,500 to fund the cost of eligible facade improvements. Additional funds of up to $2,500 are available for accessibility improvements to achieve AODA standards.

Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: brick cleaning, restoration, doors, signage, windows, lighting, and masonry and wheelchair accessibility.
Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2020 Application Form

More information on the program objectives, expenses covered, and eligibility can be found on the program web page.

For more details on the program and eligibility, please call the City of Toronto at 416-392-1005, email: [email protected] or visit The City of Toronto Financial Incentive Program Page. You can also view the 2013 Facade Improvement Program Presentation or call our office and we can assist you with the Grant Application process.

Application Check List

Deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2020 / Subject to funding availability, applications will be accepted until Thursday, May 7, 2020 or until funds are fully expended, whichever comes first.  Applications are considered on a first in, first reviewed basis.

Submit Application to: Michael Saunders Economic Partnership Advisor Economic Development & Culture Business Growth Services – BIA Office 77 Elizabeth Street, 2nd Floor Toronto, ON M5G 1P4 Tel: (416) 392-1005 Email: [email protected]

Documents to be submitted with the completed façade application form:

  • 2 contractor estimates for proposed façade improvements 
  • High resolution digital photograph of the current façade or outside property 
  • Sketch, marked photo and / or architectural drawing of the proposed façade 
  • Proof of ownership (copy of the land deed or copy of the latest property tax bill) 
  • Confirmation of the heritage status of the property (page 8) 
  • Signed “Declaration of a Non-Discrimination Policy” (page 9) 
  • Signed “Letter of Application” (page 10) 
  • If the tenant is applying for the grant, please provide a ‘no-objection’ letter from the property owner, stating the contact person for the file and who is to receive the grant if the application is approved and the work is satisfactorily completed.

NOTE: Please submit the application form to our office with the above mentioned documents. 

No work on the façade should commence prior to written confirmation of the grant. 

Incomplete or late submissions will not be reviewed.

Submit your activity or event for funding or support


The BIA Community Festival & Event fund supports local events by providing funding, access to event equipment, helping navigate city application processes or permits. If you have a local activity or event within the BIA that you would like to submit, please read the Request for Funding Guideline Form & email details to [email protected] There is no deadline, however, once all funds are allocated then the monetary Grant is closed for the year.  You may still submit a request for access to event equipment or support. We do recommend submitting your request at least 8 weeks prior to your activity/event. You may apply for more than one activity/event per year.    


When applying for the BIA Community Festival & Event fund, please consider the following; who does your event service in the community, is your event free and accessible, does your event include a fundraising component, have you reached out to local businesses for support or partnerships, have you reached out to local agencies that may want to align with you, have you found a local venue, do you need support finding local entertainers, do you need help finding volunteers?.

2020 Request for Funding Guideline Form – Click here


Check our Facebook Event Page for monthly happenings in Parkdale, or drop us a line and we’ll work with you to find a suitable community event to partner with and support.

Learn More on our Events page.

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 141st 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 such as; Garleek Kitchen, Petes Corner Grill, The Well of Alternative Medicine, Craigs Cookies, Plentea Tea Bar, The MoMo House​, Common People Shop​, Jinks Art Factory​, Public Butter​, Barking Iron Barbershop​, Clandestino Wine Bar​, Islas Filipino Bbq and Bar​, Food & Liquor​i, Rustic Cosmo Cafe​, Sylvie and Shimmy​, CiCi’s Pizza & Wings, Toronto​, The Grand Trunk​, Made You Look Jewellery​, Glory Hole Doughnuts​, Easy Restaurant​, Paper Plus Cloth​, Studio Brillantine​, Chartreuse Style​t, Parkdale Flea​ and MORE!!!

One prize pack per person. Ontario residents. Winners drawn by 4pm daily. Contest runs January 23-26, 2020.

Opening Reception of the Visual Art Student Association York University @ Gallery 1313 on January 23, 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

20% off store wide @ Chartreuse Style on January 23-25, 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

Bass Witch New Moon @ Northern Contemporary on January 25, 2020

Lunar New Year After Party @ TO Lounge on January 26, 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 clicking here or here. #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.

The Digital Main Street Team is here again!

Since 2016, the Parkdale Village BIA has been a partner of the City of Toronto & TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) for the Digital Main Street project. The project has offered numerous services to Parkdale BIA businesses since launching, most recently in 2018 with helping businesses upload 360 interior photos of their stores on Google Maps & Streetview – for free!.

We’re excited to share that the Digital Main Street team will be working with the Parkdale BIA once again, for a duration of four weeks, starting on November 4th, 2019. Free to Parkdale BIA members, the Digital Main Street team helps you navigate the often confusing and overwhelming online universe. From helping you set up Facebook, a website, deciding what Point of Sale (POS) system is the right choice, or helping you come up with a strategy for Toronto’s Shop Locally Day on Sat November 30th, 2019. Keep an eye out for a Digital Main Street team rep who will be visiting your shop over the next few weeks to help you get started. You can also contact the Digital Main Street team directly at [email protected]

If you have any questions or concerns about Digital Main Street working in our neighborhood, please do not hesitate to let us know.


Support Local Weekend is Coming Up Nov 30th!

Shop Local NOW Mag - 2015

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

The Fall Vintage Crawl is here!

The seasons changing & you still don’t have a Halloween costume – all great reasons to grab some friends and hit up Parkdale for a late night shopping party!

The Parkdale Village BIA is thrilled to be sponsoring the Vintage Crawl yet again, there’s 9 great vintage shops to check out and it all happens Thursday October 24th, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Don’t forget to check out the Vintage Crawl Toronto website, and their Facebook Event Page where they’ve got all the stores mapped out, making it easy for you to plan your route. While you’re here in Parkdale stay in top shopping form and treat yourself to a bite to eat and some cocktails along the way!

Participating Venues from Dufferin to Roncesvalles in Parkdale include:

Public Butter
1290 Queen Street West

House of Vintage
1239 Queen Street West

1380 Queen Street West

Common Sort
1414 Queen Street West

Nouveau Riche Vintage
1424 Queen Street West

Black Diamond Vintage
1614 Queen Street West

Bones & Busk
1616 Queen Street West

Peoples Champ Vintage
1696 Queen Street West

96 Tears
1714 Queen Street West

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