TABIA Presentation to the Economic Development Committee
At the October meeting of this committee, Counsellor Kelly commented that the 21st century is one of economic competition among cities. I thought that was entirely a propos of what I will be saying today. And I don’t think that I am letting the cat out of the bag when I say that Ontario is having difficulty attracting industry to the Province, or even keeping what we have, and it’s even more difficult to attract it to Toronto. For business, the deterrents are mostly cost and regulation. Aside from trying to minimize its regulatory regime, there is not a whole lot that a municipality can do to overcome those deterrents, but there are areas where a municipality can wield significant influence. For most businesses the most important area is property tax. Read more
On Tuesday, December 1st TABIA held the 5th Annual BIA Awards Night at the Palais Royale, recognizing the accomplishments of our 81 member BIAs be they large or small, main street as well as the non-traditional.
Almost 200 people turned out to Celebrate everything BIA, with 29 Awards going out to Business Improvement Areas across the City of Toronto for achievements such as Streetscape Improvements by Bloor-Yorkville BIA for the recent revitalization of Yorkville Avenue to the Environmental Initiatives Award received by the Liberty Village BIA for their Smart Commute Program.
Over 50 members of BIA Boards of Management were recognized for their contribution of over 10 years service with their Board, some with as many as 25 or more years of service
The BIA Cup University Basketball Tournament is Back.
Toronto: The second edition of the BIA Cup University Basketball Tournament gets underway on Wednesday November 4 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).
The tournament pits the men's and women's teams of intercity rivals the Ryerson Rams and the U of T Varsity Blues in a four game matchup (two men's games, two women's games) with the trophy going to the university with the most wins overall.
The BIA Cup is named in honour of Toronto's BIAs, or Business Improvement Areas, a social innovation established over 40 years ago in Bloor West Village that enables the local business community to enhance their streetscape, put on festivals and other commercial inducements. BIAs are now in place across the City and around the World, one of Toronto's greatest exports.
TABIA is proud to announce our 2015 partnership with Yellow Pages in Shop The Neighbourhood.
Shop The Neighbourhood is a free national initiative of Yellow Pages, a company with a century-long legacy of working with Canada’s small businesses. Shop The Neighbourhood was created to remind Canadians of the important benefit shopping local has on small business and the neighbourhoods we call home.
On Saturday November 28, 2015, Canadians nationwide will be encouraged to discover local businesses and deals with the Yellow Pages Shopwise app and make purchases in their neighbourhood.
Over 750,000 Canadian shoppers spent $89 million at neighbourhood retailers during Yellow Pages’ Shop The Neighbourhood event in 2014. Read More