You’re invited to our 2022 AGM!

Next month, the Parkdale Village BIA will host our end of the year, annual general meeting (AGM). Our AGM is a perfect opportunity for business owners and residents alike to learn about the activities of the BIA and what we’ve accomplished this past year. This year’s AGM will include a Board election which means that eligible nominees (business owners, property owners and their representatives) can be voted in as members of the BIA Board.

Board members play an important role in helping to decide how the BIA funds are spent and allocated. Board members have a unique opportunity to help our neighbourhood grow and integrate the feedback of the business community into the BIA’s planning. Board nominations forms can be found in your AGM notice package. If you would like a digital version of the Board nomination form, please email us at [email protected]

Important dates
√ Submit your Board nomination form by Monday December 5th, 2022
√ RSVP/pre-register by Monday December 5th, 2022.

Welcome New BIA Manager

The Board of Directors of the Parkdale Village BIA are pleased to welcome Annabelle Bernard as the new BIA Manager of the organization.  We thank Anna Bartula for her 10-year contribution to the BIA as Executive Director, Anna will continue to support other BIAs around the City of Toronto & as a 40+ years resident looks forward to supporting Parkdale’s local organizations.
Like many communities, the Parkdale Village BIA is navigating a new chapter as we work to re-evaluate a post-pandemic community, with Annabelle’s leadership we look forward to creating new momentum. A statement from the new BIA Manager;

Hello, tashi delek, kumusta, dzien dobry Parkdale BIA Members!

I’m looking forward to meeting you as I transition into the role of BIA Manager for the Parkdale Village BIA. Parkdale is an innovative and creative community, reflecting the character of its businesses, residents and community organizations.

I hope to contribute to Parkdale’s unique character by utilizing my experience in local community agencies such as the community drop-in at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, Sistering and Rainbow Railroad. 

In recent years, I’ve worked with organizations, communities, and BIA’s to grow partnerships and activities through uncertain times. I look forward to meeting and working alongside community stakeholders, the Board, City departments and the membership to encourage the growth and success of our community in Parkdale Village.

Annabelle brings with her experience in working with international not-for-profits, Financial Sustainability Committees, harm reduction programs, shelters, and respites, and training in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Indigenous Cultural Competency, and Anti-Oppression and Trauma Training to name a few. Her work sitting on Boards, and her experience seeing firsthand how communities, residents, businesses, and organizations have been impacted in recent years, make her an exciting addition to the BIA.

Please help us in welcoming Annabelle Bernard. Any inquiries and questions can continue to be directed to [email protected] 

Parkdale People’s Economy Business Owners Survey

Are you a business owner in Parkdale? Please take 30 minutes to fill out a survey aimed at understanding the experiences of local businesses with the goal of building a community-based vision for the local economy.

The survey will inform a community planning process led by the Parkdale People’s Economy, a network of over 30 community-based organizations and hundreds of community members organizing to build decent work, equitable development, and shared wealth in Parkdale.

They have a team of volunteers who can support you with filling out the survey in person or over the phone at a time that works best for you – or you can fill out the form online. You can reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions. Please complete the survey by October 28, 2022.

In 2016, the Parkdale People’s Economy released the Parkdale Community Planning Study as a blueprint for building decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale. This year, they are re-visiting our community planning process to assess what they have accomplished, what they need to continue, and what they need to shift to build renewed plans for a more equitable future in Parkdale.

To support this planning, they have launched a three-part participatory planning process with local community members focusing on (1) community wellbeing, (2) community mapping, and (3) action planning. In addition to these workshops, they are launching this survey aimed at understanding the experiences of local businesses in Parkdale with the goal of building a community-based vision for the local economy and community-wellbeing. 
The survey has 20 questions and will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. We encourage business owners or managers to engage in this survey at your own pace and are here to support you if you have any questions along the way. You can reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.
The following survey has two sections:

– Section 1: Parkdale Business Survey (20 Questions) 
– Section 2: Optional Demographic Information (13 Optional Questions)

The information shared in this survey will help inform the renewed community plan for Parkdale, which will share with all respondents upon it’s release. 

For more info, visit: https://parkdalepeopleseconomy.ca/

Parkdale Queen Night Market Aug 27 – Become a Vendor

Enjoy the night with PARKDALE’s finest food, arts, and live music.

You’re invited to the Parkdale Queen Night Market on Saturday August 27th, 2022. Enjoy this community event that helps highlight and celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of the Parkdale neighbourhood and local businesses.

August 27, 2022 from 2:00pm – 11:00pm along Queen St. West from Roncesvalles Ave to Triller Ave, including the outdoor lot 1668 Queen Street West, Toronto.

FREE ADMISSION

Over 100 + Parkdale local businesses to support, live music, food, drinks, free photobooth, fire dance show, face paint, games and more!

For more details click here, follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and to become a vendor please contact [email protected] or view the vendor form here.

We’re Hiring: Manager, Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

Job Description  

Manager, Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

The Manager is responsible for helping to update and successfully execute the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) Workplan. This position plays a critical role in maintaining day-to-day marketing, streetscape, and administrative activities of the PVBIA, in driving community initiatives, and economic development improvements, execution of programs, project management, customer service, member services, supporting local events, communications, and stakeholder relations, all in support of the PVBIA Board of Management.

The individual must be a solutions-oriented self-starter and possess strong organizational skills to ensure that priorities are assigned to projects and activities.

The PVBIA Managers’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Implement programs and policies as approved by the Board and the City, and as mandated by the Workplan;
  • Financial management of the PVBIA office and programs;
  • Advocating for small businesses, property owners, and organizations within Parkdale Village;
  • Establish, encourage and maintain positive, constructive, and proactive relationships with the PVBIA members as well as non-members; and
  • All administrative functions of the PVBIA.

Duties of the PVBIA Manager include the following:

Manage/support governance of the PVBIA

  • Organize monthly meetings, Annual General Meeting (AGM), prepare agendas, distribute minutes, follow up on tasks as required;
  • Work with board and committees to develop and execute budgets and adjust workplan as needed;
  • Manage department and project budgets, work with accounting to maintain regular financial systems and reports, support with reporting financials to the board;
  • Representing the Board in industry and community meetings, and participating in community consultations, steering committees and local projects as an active stakeholder;
  • Liaise with City departments such as: Economic Development Culture and Tourism Department, Urban Forestry, Parks and Recreation, Transportation and other departmental staff as appropriate; and
  • Ensure City and PVBIA bylaws, policies and mandates are followed.

Marketing & Communications

  • Engage in regular membership and community outreach relevant to the workplan;
  • Draft materials and work with production teams to produce outreach materials (welcome packages, posters, billboards, notices etc.);
  • Manage and distribute communication and campaigns through all marketing channels (website, newsletters, instagram, facebook, twitter, outdoor media, radio, print advertising, etc.);
  • Manage ‘Community Events Grant’ applications, awarding of funds and execution of support, and providing any guidance on event management and permits;
  • Work with local and international media outlets, influencers, bloggers, and publications in featuring Parkdale Village, its members, and local groups, and act as a liaison for any media inquiries directed to the PVBIA office;
  • Explore new initiatives that help promote the PVBIA;
  • Liaise with City of Toronto to ensure all proper permits have been submitted and event guidelines are being followed where applicable (sidewalk sale permit, CafeTO permits etc.);
  • Engage local groups and BIA members to participate in the various events and marketing opportunities within and around the community, and act as a connector and facilitator for requests for support; and
  • Maintain active membership databases (CRM, excel).

Capital

  • Maintain and implement all streetscape, beautification, and enhancement programs as directed by the workplan;
  • Prepare and administer necessary documentation in accordance with the City’s Capital Cost Sharing Program and CafeTO program;
  • Obtain “sign-off” on all relevant documents as required by the City and the PVBIA;
  • Relay project status to the Board and organize stakeholder meetings where appropriate; and
  • Prepare and recommend workplan adjustments and actions on issues affecting the PVBIA, cancellations and project timelines.

Safety and Crime Prevention

  • Explore new initiatives that help support the workplans focus on community safety;
  • Liaise with community groups regarding local programs and support for vulnerable populations; and
  • Share local resources available to members that focus on harm reduction, de-escalation training, needle disposal boxes, storefront security assessment, and crime prevention materials.

Maintenance and Repairs

  • Maintain and monitor all PVBIA-owned infrastructure such as planters, gardens, hanging baskets, banners, and pedestrian lights;
  • Manage all vendor relations related to streetscape projects such as graffiti removal, garden maintenance, floral installations and removals, banner installations, planter repairs, and street cleaning; and
  • Monitor public works and related activities [sidewalk repair, garbage receptacle replacement, garbage collection, hydro infrastructure projects, KQQR, and other physical repairs/improvements in the PVBIA.

Qualifications:

  • University degree or College Training in one or more of the following: Commerce, Urban Planning, Business, Marketing, Government Relations, or experience in similar fields.
  • Management experience either in an applicable business field, non-profit or municipal-focused organization
  • Experience working within a Business Improvement Area
  • Experience dealing with municipal government
  • Professional experience working with small businesses
  • Experience with budgeting and financial reporting
  • Professional experience in digital and/or traditional marketing
  • Experience in social media marketing and communications
  • Experience managing vendor relations
  • Self-starter able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication, administration, organizational, and time management skills
  • Proficient in WordPress, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, CRM, Word, Excel, Adobe, PowerPoint etc.)

Position Details:

  • Full Time Salary: 35-40 hours per week
  • $55,000- $65,000 commensurate on experience
  • Vacation
  • Phone & parking allowance
  • Health plan
  • Flexible work environment

Application Open till Position is filled

Submit Cover letter and resume to:

Hiring Committee
Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area
1313 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON.  M6K 1L8

[email protected]

The PVBIA is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities and experiences to people facing economic disadvantage, discrimination and/or barriers to equal opportunity including those from equity-seeking communities protected by human rights legislation. These communities include, but are not limited to: Aboriginal communities, racial minorities, persons living with disabilities, women, newcomers, youth, LGBTQ2S+, and vulnerable populations including people who are homeless or under-housed, and persons living with mental health challenges. In doing so the PVBIA aims to achieve positive outcomes and experiences for people disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination.

Banner Re-Design RFQ

The Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) would like to invite local or surrounding artists, illustrators, art collectives, and graphic designers, to apply and help illustrate our vision by participating in the Banner Re-Design Request for Quote.

As an area in transition and due to the pandemic, the BIA has begun the process of revising the current Workplan, which includes updating certain branding initiatives and infrastructure such as Banners.

As we look towards uplifting our area, we are seeking a redesign of our current 34 double-sided banners to better reflect our vibrant and colourful community. We look to you.

A brief snapshot of details;

  • Four (4) Banner designs in JPEG, AI, PDF and PNG formats plus any additional changes required for the banner printer.
  • The redesign will take into account notes from a series of brainstorming sessions discussing local icons, landmarks, community imagery, demographics, peoples, and color pallets.
  • The redesign will take into account the location of the Banners and the accent branding located near the banners such as the Parkdale street signs, Member’s window decals & Bell box murals.
  • The redesign will take into account how the Banners are viewed by pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.    
  • Indicate any experience working on banners or outdoor/street-facing signage.
  • Indicate any local experiences and/or work within Parkdale Village.
  • Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday May 27th, 2022.

We thank everyone for applying, please direct any questions to [email protected]

2022 Facade Improvement Grant Open

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Commercial Facade Improvement Program. This program is available only to businesses within a BIA.

Half of the costs of eligible improvements is covered up to a maximum $12,500 grant for $25,000 worth of improvements. The minimum grant is $2,500 for $5,000 worth of improvements.

Additional funding of half of the costs of accessibility AODA upgrade improvements up to a maximum $2,500 grant for $5,000 worth of improvements.

For multiunit commercial properties, $2,500 per additional unit up to five units totaling a maximum bonus grant of $12,500.

An applicant must be the property owner or a commercial tenant that has the permission of the property owner.

Eligibility improvements include, but are not limited to, masonry, brick cleaning and restoration, new doors, new windows, outdoor decorative or security lighting, outdoor entrance tiling, installation of canopies or awnings, repair of cornice, parapets and other architectural features, outdoor wall mounted signs, and exterior painting as part of the eligible improvements.

Wheelchair accessibility ramping, accessible railings and accessible door openers that meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards are also eligible.

A minimum of three eligible improvements are required for an application.
Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2022 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 Submission

Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2022 / Subject to funding availability.

Submit Application by Email ONLY: [email protected]

For any questions or help completing the form, please contact Michael Saunders at 416-392-1005

Join Parkdale FitPlay: Jan 31 – Feb 13

The Parkdale Village BIA is proud to support a local community initiative for the 2nd year; Parkdale FitPlay!

Kicking-off on January 31st for 2 weeks with 4 fitness leaders & 8 sessions to choose from! You’re invited to get outside, get fit and have fun!!

Let’s Get Moving! Pop-out for some fun movement and fresh air with our team of community fitness leaders and enjoy some free coffee/treats! 

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 fitness, and business leaders from Parkdale’s diverse communities.

  • Fun Run on Mondays @ 4:30pm with Shane MacKinnon
  • Happy Hour HIIT Wednesdays @ noon with Debbie King
  • Family FitPlay on Saturdays @ 10am with Stella Isaac
  • Winter Walkout on Sundays at 10am with Nicole Fowler

Free to join / Limited spots available / Sign up online today!

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 fitness leaders & businesses close to home,” she said.

Thank you to community partners for supporting this initiative: Parkdale People’s Economy, Debbie King, Koffee Kween, Nature Healing Bakery & Bom Dia Cafe & Bakery.

Follow the Parkdale FitPlay Facebook page, register online, or follow along on Instagram. #parkdalefitplay

Physical distancing is required and related Covid-19 health guidelines apply / Masks will be available / All are welcome

Celebrating 143 years of Parkdale Village

This February, we encourage you to stand proud and celebrate our beautiful community through continued love and kindness.

Celebrating 143 years of Parkdale becoming a Village, and how far it’s come, has a whole new meaning during this Covid-19 era. The community we call Parkdale Village occupies and sits on the traditional territories of many nations and the hardships many members of our community have faced over many generations have brought us here. The adversities, grief, and challenges have built a resilient community, and we embrace it all with love and hopefulness for the future.  Parkdale Village’s history and the many people from all walks of life who have called it home, who have lived, who immigrated, 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 local initiatives will you support or built up this month”?

“What are your fondest memories”?

The Village of Parkdale was proclaimed a municipality in January 1879; it became a town in January of 1886 and was annexed by the City of Toronto in March 1889. Although the village celebrates over 143 years, the settlement of the area predates its foundation. For over 10,000 years Indigenous peoples have lived in this area, the area offered portage routes of the Huron, Iroquois and Chippewa, and later those of the Senecas and Mississaugas.

We acknowledge that our community is situated upon the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and the Mississaugas of the Credit, which is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and we recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land.

To explore more, follow the links; Parkdale in PicturesSunnyside Historical SocietyVintage TorontoLost TorontoToronto Archives, Lost Rivers, Indigenous History of High Park,  Parkdale History.

Tag us in your posts using #ParkdaleLove and #ProudlyParkdale

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
Map of Parkdale – 1887
Map of Toronto Carrying-Place Trail, an important trade route for Indigenous Peoples. Fort Rouille (near Fort Toronto) is located by Parkdale (Exhibition Grounds) and served as a trading post with the local indigenous peoples from the region.

CafeTO – Registration & Grant Open

City of Toronto opens CaféTO registration for local restaurant and bar operators. The City of Toronto announced that local restaurant and bar operators interested in expanding their outdoor dining space into a curb lane and onto sidewalks in 2022 can now register for the CaféTO program. The program also supports the expansion of outdoor patios on private property through temporary use Zoning Bylaws that permit larger outdoor patios than would otherwise be permitted. Find more details and register before the April 2 deadline.
CaféTO Property Improvement Program provides funding to improve exterior spaces. The City of Toronto’s new CaféTO Property Improvement Program provides funding to eligible owners and tenants of commercial and industrial properties in Toronto – including CaféTO program participants – to help improve the appearance and/or function of the property’s exterior spaces. Grants cover 50 percent of the costs of eligible property or site improvements up to a maximum amount of $5,000. Additional grant funding of up to $2,500 is available for exterior accessibility improvements such as the installation of ramps, handrails, and other accessibility devices. See more details and apply.

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • All program fees including application, transfer, and permit fees continue to be waived in 2022, as directed by Council.
  • Registration for all café types will open on January 18, 2022.
  • Program information and guidelines will continue to be available at toronto.ca/CafeTO
  • Participation in the program requires at least $2 Million in commercial general liability coverage. Policy certificates may be post-dated to begin in May 2022.
  • Patios may continue to expand on private property under the same conditions as 2020/2021.
  • The registration deadline for curb lane cafés is April 2, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

SIDEWALK CAFÉS

A number of previous sidewalk café application requirements have been removed, including:

  • Public notice of application (e.g. posting/polling, public objections)
  • Setback distances from residential properties
  • Adjacent property owner permission
  • Propane heater certification submission

To participate in CaféTO in 2020 and 2021, prospective café operators needed to complete and submit registration and Certificate of Insurance forms as well as a letter of approval if they were expanding in front of a neighboring business. In 2022, sidewalk café permit applicants will also need to provide:

  • A site plan drawing
  • Three photos of the location
  • Awning drawings, if required