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.
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Local businesses, working collectively as a BIA, become catalysts for civic improvements, ultimately enhancing the business climate and quality of life of the neighbourhood. As a legal organization mandated by provincial legislation, BIAs are able to develop a budget for improvements and, through the city, collect a levy from businesses in the area to raise the necessary funds.
BIAs improve their local economies through activities such as:
-Street and sidewalk maintenance and capital improvements
-Promotion of the BIA as a business, employment, tourist or shopping area (business directories, festivals, advertising)
-Hosting neighbourhood festivals and events
-Safety, security and crime prevention initiatives
-Graffiti and poster removal services respecting building facades visible from the street
-Strategic plans for business recruitment, market studies and capital improvements
-Advocate on behalf of their membership as a unified voice
Following a vote by local businesses and property owners, the City of Toronto officially created the Yonge + St. Clair BIA in early 2018. A formation committee – led by some of these member businesses and property owners, was acclaimed as the inaugural Board of Directors. The BIA hired their first Executive Director in mid-2018. The BIA’s first Annual General Meeting was held in November of 2018, and 15 Board members were elected for the 2018-2022 term.
The 512 streetcar runs along St. Clair Avenue with stops at Avenue Road, Deer Park Road, and St. Clair Station
The 88 – South Leaside bus arrives at St. Clair Station from the Wicksteed Avenue and Thorncliffe Park Drive area
City of Toronto cycling routes include Rosehill and Avoca, and Heath St W and Lonsmount.
The area can be accessed via Yonge Street or St. Clair Avenue, with access via Mt. Pleasant Road in the east, Rosedale Valley Road in the South via the Don Valley Parkway, and via the Chaplin Crescent connection and the Allen Road Expressway.
St. Clair Station on the Line 1 – Yonge-University subway line is fully accessible. Many businesses in the area are fully accessible, however, visitors with impaired mobility are encouraged to check with their desired businesses destination prior to arriving. The area is also home to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s (CNIB) Community Hub, who together with the BIA, are working towards making Yonge + St. Clair Canada’s most accessible neighbourhood. The CNIB has already rolled out ShopTalk beacons in a number of businesses at Yonge + St. Clair which offer blind or partially-sighted people the ability to navigate private spaces with confidence using a GPS app.
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If you’re a business or commercial property owner located within the BIA boundaries, you are automatically a member of the Yonge + St. Clair BIA. As a member, you should receive regular print and email communications from the BIA. Not receiving our communications? Contact us so we can add you to the distribution list.