WHAT IS A BIA?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who 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 businesses 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 now boasts a total of 85+ BIAs across the City — the largest number of BIAs in North America — representing more than 35,000 businesses. Together, they generate more than $34 million in funding towards street and sidewalk beautification, marketing and promotional campaigns, street festivals, clean street/graffiti-removal campaigns, and crime prevention strategies. BIAs also act as a unified voice to address issues on behalf of their membership. To learn more click here.
HOW DOES A BIA WORK?
A BIA is run by a volunteer Board of Management elected from its members. The Board is nominated at an Annual General Meeting and, once approved by City Council, serves a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council. The Board works on behalf of its BIA and meets regularly to develop budgets, set priorities, implement capital improvements, plan festivals, and promote its business area.
Monthly meetings generally take place the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the BIA office, if you would like to attend please contact the Executive Director.
The Board of Management, Members and Residents make up two BIA sub committees; the Marketing Committee and Streetscape Committee. The size of each Board of Management, and the number of citizen members and Council members on each BIA Board, is set out in the City of Toronto Municipal Code: Chapter 19, Business Improvement Areas.
An Executive Director and a part-time Assistant Coordinator manage the day-to-day operations of the BIA and work out of the PVBIA office, under the guidelines of the following documents:
- BIA Handbook – 2010
- Municipal Code Chapter 19 – BIA – July 2015
- Parkdale Village BIA AGM Adopted Constitution – 18 Oct 2010
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT 2019 – 2022
Sarah Dougall, Made You Look Jewellery / Vice-Chair
Jamie Deans, Rice and Noodle / Vice-Chair
Mary-Ann Kowala, Chartreuse Style / Treasurer
Diana Huynn, Cici’s Pizza & Wings
Vincent Luk, ISLAS Filipino BBQ
Heather Stainback, Glory Hole Doughnuts
Alison Barrie, The Grand Trunk
Luis Fernandes, The Assembly Theatre
Councillor Gord Perks (ex-Officio), Ward 4 Parkdale-High Park
VACANCY – Contact the office to find out how you can join the Board of Management.
HOW IS A BIA FUNDED?
Every business/property member is charged a portion of the annual budget, based on that member’s share of the BIA’s total commercial realty assessment. Each year the Board, along with member input via an Annual General Meeting, prepares annual budget estimates that must be submitted to municipal council for approval. Once the budget is approved by municipal council, the council adds a special levy to the property tax paid by every owner of property designated (member) as industrial or commercial within the boundaries of the BIA. For each property, the amount of the levy will be related to its realty assessment. The exact amount of the BIA levy is determined by dividing the property’s realty assessment by the total realty assessment in the BIA and multiplying by the total BIA annual budget.
For example: If a business’s commercial realty assessment is 6,000, the total commercial realty assessment of all businesses in the BIA is 2,000,000, and the BIA’s annual budget is $100,000, then that business’s BIA levy is:
$6,000 x $ 100,000 = $300
AM I A BIA MEMBER?
If your commercial property, business and/or organization falls within the BIA boundaries as defined by the City of Toronto (below), then yes you are considered a Member and can benefit from many Member perks, this may not however mean you are a paying Member, which allows you to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
The Parkdale Village BIA was established in 1978 and represents the vibrant commercial strip along Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue.
The Parkdale Village BIA is 1 of over 85+ BIAs across the city of Toronto and is the voice of 440+ properties, commercial businesses and/or community organizations. It is committed to improving and promoting the Parkdale Village area through investment and advocacy to maintain its position as one of Toronto’s premier destinations for shopping, business, and experiencing diverse culture and entertainment.
In 2017, the BIA began it’s first step towards revising their Strategic Direction by surveying properties, commercial businesses and/or community organizations who fell within the BIA boundary (as defined by the City of Toronto). The feedback will help in redefining the BIA’s 2018-2025 Streetscape & Marketing Workplan priorities and identifying where we can add the most value on behalf of members. Click the PVBIA Survey Results Infographic for Survey Snapshot.