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Benefits of TABIA Membership

Founded in 1980, TABIA gives Toronto’s Business Improvement Areas a voice. From advocacy to collective bargaining TABIA actively advances the interests of its members.

TABIA works with all levels of government to actively advance the interests of Business Improvement Areas and create an environment in which their members can thrive. Be it parking issues, garbage, safety, taxes, or BIA legislation TABIA strives to look after the best interests of its members.

Each Toronto BIA is eligible for TABIA membership. All members in good standing may take advantage of the full range of benefits offered.

TABIA also offers exclusive membership discounts and various other benefits and privileges of real value.

Advocacy

The following are just some of the many advances made by TABIA:

  • TABIA/City of Toronto Interdepartmental meetings bring City Staff from various departments and BIAs together to discuss BIA related issues or departmental initiatives.
  • Copies of Interdepartmental Presentations are available online under Member Resources.
  • Simplified annual budget process and shorter wait times for receiving BIA operating funds.
  • BIAs are now exempt from the city’s set fee structure and application frequencies when dealing with banners in designated BIA areas. This has resulted in more manageable BIA banner, floral and seasonal decoration programs and hundreds of dollars of savings for BIAs.
  • BIAs are covered under the City of Toronto’s policy for Public Liability insurance. The annual deduction from a BIAs levy covers any liability issues related to events and streetscape initiatives and allows BIAs to satisfy the municipality’s insurance requirement for up to 5-million-dollar coverage around festivals/special events and road closures. Most Importantly the annual $308 covers the $50,000 deductible the city policy carries. To retain this coverage independently would not be economical for most BIAs.

Discounts for TABIA Members

Directors & Officers Liability Insurance

TABIA has secured favourable rates for Directors & Officers Liability Insurance. Member BIA Boards can receive coverage under TABIA’s policy at a fraction of the going rate. Independently some BIAs have paid between $1,100 and $2,500 annually. Through this initiative, your board could be covered for between $250 and $1,000.

Financial Audit Fees

When the city legislated that BIAs would now be required to seek the services of a private firm to conduct their financial audits, TABIA proactively sought quotes on behalf of its members. The successfully coordinated RFP for audit services by TABIA means long term savings for BIAs. Savings to individual BIAs can range from a minimum of $1,000 to $2,500 based on the complexity of the BIAs operations.

Group Benefits

TABIA offers member BIA staff access to Group Health Insurance with flexible benefit plans and customized comprehensive coverage.

Education and Information Resources

BIA Operating Handbook

With the partnership of the City of Toronto BIA office and HRDC, TABIA has collaborated in developing the first BIA operating Handbook which provides BIA Boards of Management with a quick reference resource on the day to day operations of a BIA.

OBIAA Membership

As a member of TABIA, your BIA is automatically granted Ontario Business Improvement Area Association membership.

Promotional Opportunities

TABIA’s Citywide Campaign provides members the opportunity to promote themselves and their events in a variety of media at substantial savings. This is all made possible through careful negotiations and the generous assistance of our corporate sponsors.

All member BIAs are provided with a listing on the TABIA website. Each listing includes contact information and a direct link to the BIA’s website. TABIA’s website also offers an events calendar featuring all BIA events and festivals that take place throughout the year. As the TABIA site is linked to the City of Toronto site, members also receive the benefit of that link.

Networking Opportunities

TABIA organizes several networking opportunities throughout the year for our membership to connect with one another. Examples include our Breakfast with the Mayor event, an informational venue for BIAs and their members to meet and learn with Toronto’s Mayor, and TABIA’s Annual Awards Night, a night of celebrating various BIAs and their achievements throughout the year.