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It’s small businesses that make our city interesting. But on average they racked up $170K in debt over the last year. If we lose them, what kind of city will we be? The lockdown may be ending, but supporting our neighbors is more urgent than ever. As more businesses close down weekly, we need to buy time for the remaining who are just barely hanging on. Please support local!  #buytorontotime

Learn more here: Toronto Star, blogto, CTV, Daily Hive

Follow this Toronto Association of BIA’s campaign here.

June Newsletter: Buy Toronto Time, KQQR, CafeTO, Resources

KQQR Construction

OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Although the Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King St W, Queen St W, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Ave (KQQR Construction) are well underway, the sidewalks are accessible and open to pedestrians. We remind visitors to dismount from bikes when travelling the block and encourage everyone to use street or Green P parking when shopping. 
To stay in the loop, please visit the dedicated page on our website here, or attend the weekly virtual calls the City hosts where members of the public can join, (virtually), to ask questions about the ongoing KQQR construction work. City staff and a representative from the local City Councillor’s office will be at the meeting to either provide answers on the spot or report back shortly after.

The KQQR Construction area will be supported in the coming weeks with Posters, 3,000+ Canada Post flyers, Transit Shelter, Radio and more. Posters will be delivered to storefronts and installed around the community in the coming weeks. 


The Toronto Association of BIA’s has launched an awareness Media campaign around the City which focuses on a few communities such as Parkdale and reminds residents and visitors that on average local businesses have racked up $170,000 in debt. Supporting our neighbors is more urgent than ever. As more businesses close down weekly, we need to buy time for the remaining who are just barely hanging on. Please support local! The campaign is supported by billboards, transit shelters, subway posters, digital advertising, radio, and TV, and will feature some Parkdale businesses. Follow along here.


Queen St West will see approx.16 cafe’s installed along sidewalks or curb lanes this summer. This CafeTO initiative is to assist Restaurants and Bars and help animate our streets. Please enjoy these cafes safely and eat locally! 


As we work towards increasing the capacity of our office, please note that some services will continue to be impacted by the current Pandemic. Thus floral services, graffiti removal, street cleaning, and overall maintenance requests may be delayed at times. We thank all the individuals, organizations, and City department staff working tirelessly as a team. 
Floral planters are being installed within the next week. The flowers will be regularly watered and cleaned of debris, however, we encourage all business owners to assist by reporting any damage or theft of plants, and giving your storefront a regular sweep. Help us keep Parkdale Village clean and colorful!


  1. Support for Indigenous Businesses
  2. Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program
  3. Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program
  4. Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
  5. Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI)
  6. Business Credit Availability Program 
  7. Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) 
  8. COVID-19 Business Support Grants – Energy and Property Tax Rebates
  9. COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP-SB)
  10. Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant
  11. Ontario Community Environment Fund – Deadline June 23rd

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Program

The Government of Canada has announced that the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is now accepting loan applications from Black business owners and entrepreneurs through the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE). It will provide loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs. Loans can be used for capital investments, working capital, short-term receivable financing. Visit FACE to apply.

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

Business licensing and permit application portal
BusinessTO Support Centre: Provides one-on-one virtual support to help businesses
CurbTO: Provides temporary curbside parking pick-up zones for main street businesses
Digital Main Street: Provides support for businesses interested in adopting technologies 
COVID-19: Guidelines for Businesses & Community OrganizationsMandatory mask-wearing guidelines
Printable posters 
Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace: Requirements of employers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace
ShopHERE powered by Google: Get help to set up and launch an online store quickly, easily and at no cost 
Free Webinars


As businesses prepare to reopen there will be a need to re-engage with your customers and clients. New strategies will vary based on your location, industry, and as the environment changes overtime. Developing a thorough reopening plan provides businesses with an opportunity to be transformational. 


Every business can put a plan in place to address racism and help eradicate it. Below are some resources to help. 


Support for one-on-one help with applications for any of these programs. 

Parkdale Hub Project Community Meeting – May 27, 2021

You’re invited to the Community Meeting for the Parkdale Hub Project.

Virtual Community Meeting

Join us online or by phone on Thursday, May 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a Community Meeting about the Parkdale Hub project. At the Community Meeting, CreateTO will share and seek feedback on a preliminary development concept for the Parkdale Hub project, answer questions and provide information on next steps.

Additional details about the meeting and how to join and participate are included below:

Meeting Notice
Instructions on how to join and participate in the meeting
Join Online (link to be provided here on the day of the meeting)
Join by phone:
On Thursday, May 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dial: 416-216-5643
Access Code: 132 896 4920


The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years in order to maintain current service delivery levels.

The Parkdale Hub Study Area includes approximately 4.24 acres of City-owned lands and includes the following properties:

Potential Redevelopment:

  • Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre (220 Cowan Avenue)
  • Parkdale Library Branch (1303 Queen Street West)
  • Parkdale Arts and Culture Centre (1313 Queen Street West)
  • Toronto Parking Authority lot (1325 Queen Street West)

    Potential Enhancements to Public Realm and Site Integration
  • Masaryk Park and Dunn Avenue Parkette
  • Public Laneway at rear of library (Milky Way Lane)
  • Toronto Community Housing residential apartment building (245 Dunn Avenue)

Reimagining the future of this area provides a unique opportunity for CreateTO to collaborate with City divisions, agencies, the non-profit sector and the broader community to create spaces that will more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community into the future.

The benefits that will be delivered to the Parkdale community through this project include:

  • The revitalization and expansion of the Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, to better deliver recreational programming through a more efficient design and the addition of up to 30,000 square feet of space;
  • The revitalization and expansion of the Parkdale Library Branch, to provide increased visibility and accessibility to the third busiest library branch in the city;
  • The creation of new affordable rental housing delivered through the Housing Now Initiative;
  • The ongoing delivery of Artscape’s cultural hub program, which provides affordable live-work housing for local artists as well as an art gallery and community office space;
  • The creation of new inclusive and accessible community space and design elements that will strategically connect programs, services and people – creating an integrated “Hub”; and
  • Significant enhancements to the public realm in the heart of the Parkdale neighbourhood, through the sensitive adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and improved connectivity with the adjacent residential neighbourhood.

This project was initiated by City Council in 2017, with a request for City staff to convene an Inter-Divisional Agency Table to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for the City-owned properties located at 1313, 1303 Queen Street West and 220 Cowan Avenue.

In 2018, CreateTO was directed to undertake a Feasibility Study during which the agency, in collaboration with the City of Toronto Real Estate Services division, held several preliminary stakeholder and community meetings to learn what Parkdale residents, community organizations and local City agencies would like to see included in a future community hub.

This included meetings with Parkdale Arts & Culture Centre’s live-work tenants, the community organizations currently operating in the Study Area, public survey and community organization surveys and public town hall meetings. View materials from the 2019 community engagement here:

In December 2019, a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project was adopted by City Council. That report provided an overview of the findings from the first phase of the Feasibility Study and recommended next steps for moving the project forward. CreateTO and several other City divisions were directed to develop the following:

  • A more detailed design;
  • Heritage impact assessment;
  • Construction phasing study;
  • Operations and collaboration framework;
  • Community engagement strategy;
  • Programming model;
  • Affordable housing model;
  • Environmental studies; and
  • Capital budget and financing model

At the direction of City Council, the Parkdale Hub project will be following the guiding principles and objectives of the Housing Now Initiative, and 1303 Queen St. W. will be considered for a future phase of the Housing Now Initiative.

The Parkdale Hub project was one of CreateTO’s first projects launched under the new city-wide model to centralize the delivery of the City’s real estate services. The project is a great example of CreateTO serving as a catalyst for city-building and supporting the vibrancy of the community, while contributing to the City’s broader city-building objectives.

KQQR Construction

Please visit our KQQR Construction Page to view up-to-date details involving this project. The page is dedicated to the Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR Construction)
Start Date: September 8, 2020 End Date: August 2022

Virtual Trailer

The City is also hosting Virtual Trailer Drop-In Sessions where members of the public can join, (virtually), to ask questions about the ongoing KQQR construction work. City staff and a representative from the local City Councillor’s office will be at the meeting to either provide answers on the spot or report back shortly after.

Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

Throughout construction, the City will be meeting on a regular basis with affected groups adjacent to construction locations. The CLC is an advisory committee and not a formal commenting or decision-making body of the City of Toronto. The purpose of the CLC is to provide community input and advice to City staff regarding construction. The CLC is comprised of the following local interests:

  • Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Resident’s Associations
  • Community Organizations
  • Neighbouring Properties
  • Ward Councillor
  • City Staff: Project Manager, Transportation Services and Senior Public Consultation Coordinator


Michael Vieira
Metro Hall
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
Telephone: 416-392-3074
Email: [email protected]

To View more please visit our KQQR Construction page link here.

CafeTO 2021 Now Open

Toronto City Council unanimously approved a bigger and better CaféTO program to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars. The first wave of registrations is open and, pending public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for 2021 would be in installed as soon as May – almost two months earlier than last.

I encourage you to attend the free webinar listed below and to let our office know right away if you plan on applying for 2021.

  1. Free webinar about CaféTOTuesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. Sign Up here
  2. The Registration Guidebook for 2021 has been updated and can be viewed here.
  3. The Actual Registration Form can be viewed here.
  4. Blank Insurance Certificate can be viewed here.

For Restaurants Located within the KQQR Construction Zone, we know that CafeTO Applications in your area may be difficult to get but we are working with the City to find solutions.

If you have any questions about the CaféTO program, you can also contact the project team directly at [email protected]

The Shameful Tiki Room Patio – 2020

Celebrating 142 years of Parkdale Village with Love

The beginning of the year typically sees the Parkdale Village BIA celebrating Parkdale Village’s milestone anniversary with online contests and in-store promotions, however, 2021 is unlike any other year we’ve experienced.

Celebrating 142 years of this wonderful community, and how far it’s come, has a whole new meaning during this Covid-19 era. We acknowledge the hardships many members of our community have faced over the 142+ years, the adversities, grief, and challenges, and we embrace it all with love and hopefulness for the future. Parkdale Village’s rich history and the many people from all walks of life who have called it home, who have opened up businesses, who have studied or worked here have all helped in building this into a colorful and resilient neighborhood.

This year, as we celebrate in the month of love, we ask you to be #ProudlyParkdale and share your #ParkdaleLove;

“What do you love about Parkdale”?

“What are your fondest memories”?

“What do you miss most about Parkdale”?

Perhaps it’s the memories of heading to Sunnyside Pool or Ontario Place as a child that brings you joy, or the free popcorn at 24-7 Video store at Gwynne Ave in the ’90s, watching movies in Parkdale’s many movie theatres, or simply missing your favorite sandwich shop. Parkdale holds many memories and this month we want you to share yours.

Tag us in your posts using #ParkdaleLove and #ProudlyParkdale or to explore history in photos follow the links; Sunnyside Historical Society, Vintage Toronto, Lost Toronto, Toronto Archives, Parkdale History.

The original Odeon Theatre was Harvest Fresh Foods and now home to F45 Parkdale.
The old Police Station on the South West corner of Queen & Cowan. This station was replaced in the early 1930’s by the Modern version that stands today, which is home to Artscape resident artists and the Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre organizations.
The original mural on Fullworths at Close Ave – 2006.
Now home to Common Sort at Dunn Ave – 2006.
The old 7-24 plaza before the Gwynne Ave Greep P lot
Parkdale Community Legal when it was located at Elm Grove, now home to The Workroom
Old Valentine Card, Miss Agnes Syrett Melbourne Avenue, City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail – 1835
Dufferin & Springhurts – 1925
Pickin’ Chicken BBQ at Roncesvalles Ave, now home to Burrito Boys – 1960
King St W and Jameson Ave – 1950

You’re invited to Parkdale FitPlay – Jan 27-Feb 28

The Parkdale Village BIA is proud to support a local community initiative; Parkdale FitPlay!

Kicking-off on Wednesday, January 27 for 4 weeks, and with the support of local fitness leaders and personalities, you’re invited to get outside, get fit and have fun!!

The Parkdale FitPlay Campaign provides a fun affordable way for Parkdalians to be active outdoors safely throughout the winter months while connecting with a variety of local health, fitness, and business leaders from Parkdale’s diverse Black / BIPOC communities.

The Parks: Explore in your own time Budapest Park, Lakeshore Blvd Parklands, Centennial Park on the Exhibition grounds, Dufferin-King Parkette, Masaryk Park, McCormick Park and Charles G. Williams Park. Click here for Map

The FitPlay: Community members are encouraged to visit designated public park locations and participate in self-led physical exercise and play, inspired by the FitPlay letter key.
How it works: Each letter of the alphabet, A to Z, is associated with a simple exercise most can perform some variation of safely. E.g. A = 10 high knees on the spot.
Participants self-select a word or phrase and perform the exercises associated with each letter. E.g. P A R K D A L E = 10 squats, 10 high knees on the spot, etc.
Mix up your FitPlay by choosing a new word, a new park  or a new challenge each time and invite your Parkdale friends and neighbours to do the same!

The event creator, Debbie King (@supafitmama), is a long-time Parkdale resident, active community member, and energetic fitness leader who some may recognize from @f45parkdale or @black.student.success .

Debbie King – Community champion, Athlete, Fitness leader

Knowing how important yet how challenging staying active can be during the darker, colder months, and recognizing the restrictions on fitness facilities, Debbie set out to create a motivating way for Parkdalians to get moving safely outdoors.

#ParkdaleFitPlay was created to inspire more movement, as well as greater connections with local Black fitness leaders, Black-owned businesses, and amazing wellness brands close to home,” she said.

Follow the Parkdale FitPlay Facebook page, join the event on Facebook or Instagram to view videos from local health leaders, to get fit and win weekly prizes from some of our wonderful sponsors! Check out the Facebook Event here!

Hashtags: #parkdalefitplay
Instagram/Facebook Tags: @parkdafitplay @supafitmama

Contest Details: One prize pack per person. Ontario residents, must be 18 years of age. Winners drawn by 12 noon each Monday. Contest runs January 27-February 28, 2021. To be eligible you must Like, Share, Comment or use #ParkdaleFitPlay online to enter. Prizing has no cash value.

Applications open for new Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Applications are now open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The program provides up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the province-wide shutdown. New businesses established since April 2019 can apply if they meet other eligibility criteria. For help applying check out the user application guide, or contact the City’s BusinessTO Support Centre for one-on-one virtual support.

CurbTO program re-opens to allow temporary pick-up zones

This is how you can park for free on major streets in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s CurbTO program is now accepting requests from small businesses for temporary parking pick-up zones. The program allows main street businesses to provide easier curbside pickup for customers—helping to support these businesses while Toronto is in the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. Main street businesses and BIAs can register for the program.

Applications from individual licensed businesses will be reviewed beginning November 25, 2020.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Portal – NOW OPEN!

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Portal – NOW OPEN! 
If you are a Canadian business, a non-profit organization, or charity that has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.  

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.  
If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.