Beach Village BIA Member Benefits
All businesses, whether retail, professional, dining, entertainment, or real estate, benefit from the improved local atmosphere and ambiance that a successful BIA helps to create. Improvements and activities retain more local customers and attract more visitors. Cost savings to members can result from improved integration of capital funding and promotional activities. Partnerships between the BIA and local organizations help create a stronger, more integrated community, which benefits the whole community. Learn more below about all the ways you benefit from being a part of the Beach Village BIA.
Access to Funding
The Beach Village BIA promotes the City of Toronto’s annual Commercial Façade Improvement Grant to its members. The BIA holds information sessions for businesses to learn more about the program and helps to guide members through the process. Access to this funding, which will fund half of the cost of eligible improvements, is only available to businesses within BIAs.
In 2018 the Beach Village BIA, in partnership with the City of Toronto, commissioned PLANT Architect Inc. to complete a streetscape master plan to guide the development of the streetscape of Queen Street East. The completed document outlines 10 projects for execution over the next 10 years. Projects include short- and medium-term priorities, such as boulevard parkettes, public art gateways, murals, installation of wayfinding totems, as well as long term strategies, such as bollard removal and harmonization, and road narrowing and bump outs. The final master plan document is available here.
Between 2019-2020 the BIA will be executing two projects from the master plan, including the installation of wayfinding totems and construction of two parkettes, one at Queen & Lee and the other at Queen & Hammersmith.