The Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area has a membership of nearly 1,400 businesses. Any business within our boundaries (including property owners/managers) is automatically a BIA member, so long as they pay commercial property taxes to the City of Toronto and occupy space or own a building that has been commercially assessed. BIA members pay an special levy, in addition to their commercial property taxes to fund the BIA. The basic BIA boundaries are north up to Scollard Street, south down to Charles Street, east to St. Paul’s Square, and west to the west side of Avenue Road. If you are a local business, you can confirm whether your property is within the boundaries by contacting our office.
Under the leadership, of the voluntary Board of Directors, with the assistance of the BIA office staff, the Bloor-Yorkville BIA has accomplished many significant projects, which have added to the vibrancy and popularity of the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. Major streetscape projects completed, by the BIA, include the addition of over 230 decorative light posts, with seasonal hanging basket arrangements, the transformation of the Bloor Street corridor from Avenue Road to Church Street which included stunning seasonal gardens, up-lighting, mature trees and granite paving treatment. Yorkville Avenue has been refurbished with beautiful herring bone patterned unit paving, new planters and benches, all of which provide a warm and inviting street experience.
The BIA advocates regularly on behalf of the business community, in order to mitigate issues, which could negatively impact conducting business, with a focus on new developments and anything which impacts traffic flow. The BIA’s Promotions and Communications Committee creates and manages a number of annual events to promote the area, which includes IceFest, Yorkville Exotic Car Show, Beautylicious and Holiday Magic! A broad PR and social media campaign ensures that the local population and visitors to the City are well advised of everything that is going on in this vibrant neighbourhood!