- What is a BIA?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial and industrial property owners and business tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract 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.
- How does a BIA help local businesses?
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 can develop a budget for improvements and, through the city, collect a levy from businesses in the area to raise the necessary funds.
- How can I become a member of the LIKE BIA?
If you’re a business or commercial/industrial property owner located within the BIA boundaries, you are automatically a member of the LIKE 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.
- What is the proposed boundary of the LIKE BIA?
The LIKE BIA is a neighbourhood in the City of North York in Ontario, and it named after its proposed boundary. It is bounded on the north by Lawrence Avenue, on the east by the CNR train tracks, on the south by Strathnain Avenue and Woodborough Avenue and on the west by Keele Street.
- What are the benefits of a BIA?
Advocate for our community on proposed traffic, public transit and infrastructure projects, including the Ingram Drive Extension & Castlefield Avenue level crossing. Create a strong and distinct brand for our neighborhood. Initiate area improvements and infrastructure projects. Grants to improve the façade of your property. Develop Safety, Security and Crime Prevention Initiatives.