What is a BIA?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of local commercial property owners and business tenants who work together alongside the City to beautify, promote, and improve their defined area.
A voluntary Board of Management is elected from its Members, and approved by City Council, to implement various BIA activities and maintain its annual budget. Activities can include streetscape improvements (such as sidewalk planters, pedestrian lampposts, designer benches, pole banners, etc.), events and festivals, graffiti and poster removal, access to public wifi, and more. As a result, BIAs are a catalyst for civic improvement and significant contributors to the City's economy and quality of life.
A BIA finances its activities by collecting a levy from its BIA Members. Every Member is charged a share (levy) of the annual budget, based on that Member's share of the BIA's total commercial realty assessment. For example: If a business's commercial realty assessment is $6,000, the total commercial realty assessment of all businesses in the BIA is $2,000,000, and the BIA's annual budget is $100,000, then that business' BIA levy is:
|6,000 x 100,000||= $300|
The budget is determined by the Board and approved by all Members at the BIA's Annual General Meeting, as well as by City Council.
Where is Bloor by the Park BIA?
We are located along Bloor between the Dundas West and Keele subway stations, just east of High Park.
FREE parking along Bloor (between Keele & Dundas West) Mon-Sat after 6pm, all day Sun
Keele TTC station (includes bicycle repair stop; PRESTO reload available)
Dundas West TTC station (PRESTO reload available)
Bloor Station GO/UP Express (PRESTO reload & card purchase available)
What can I find in Bloor by the Park BIA?
Cityscape and nature converge in Bloor by the Park BIA, where the shade from a maple tree lends tranquility to your morning latte. Established in 1987 and located along Bloor between Keele and Dundas West , you're never far from "home" when you're visiting Bloor by the Park.
BIA members named Bloor by the Park in honour of its adjacent Toronto landmark, High Park. Renown for its diverse vegetation, wildlife, hiking & bike paths, and spectacular cherry blossom season, High Park was also designated an official site for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am cycling tournaments. During summertime, Bloor by the Park's sidewalks are lined by lush trees and cascading floral arrangements to mirror the beauty of High Park.
Bloor by the Park BIA
A stroll east of High Park reveals a trove of strong, independent and franchise specialty retailers, restaurants, and medical practices. A number of these are local gems that have surpassed three or more decades in business, but new establishments in recent years have also created loyal followings through their generous hospitality. Find in-house roasted coffee, multiple pubs and craft beer selections, fresh fruits, vegetables & flower bouquets, healthcare providers, hockey & ski equipment, pinball, Asian cuisine takeout, new and retro video games, pet care & supplies, beauty salons, cobbler repairs, automobile servicing & gas stop, Timbits, BigMacs and more. It's no guess as to why residents are flocking to this main street neighbourhood. See our Business Directory for a full listing.
Annual BIA Events, Sightseeing & Fun Facts
Bloor by the Park hosts an annual indoor fair and craft show, Toast to Autumn. What began as a local neighbourhood pub crawl has evolved into an all out family-fun affair. Enjoy performances by some of Toronto's most talented live bands, savor delicacies from local restaurants, shop in the market, carve a pumpkin, DIY some art, and more.
Beneath the Keele and Bloor underpass is the large scale, newly restored mural creation "Keele Connection" by artists Rob & Tommy Matejka. Take note, there's more than one way to engage with its dynamic layers. It was revealed on October 25, 2015 and curated with the aid of StreetARToronto.
The back walls of properties from Indian Road to Dundas West (on the north side of Bloor) also house many more commissioned works of art that are viewed daily by thousands of TTC commuters - don't miss King Kong, and the Midas building!
The Dorval Community Garden is a unique retreat to catch the sunset as subways zip past directly beneath you.
The BIA Chair co-owned one of the first video rental stores in Toronto back in 1980 and retired the shop after 34 years. Star personalities such as Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Tedde Moore, Chris Steffler, Bӧrje Salming and others were shop members.
Curtis "CuJo" Joseph has been a client of the BIA Secretary's hockey repair store.