Celebrating 50 Years of BIAs

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Did you know 50 yrs ago today, the world’s first BIA was created right here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?

Riverside BIA is proud to be one of the first dozen in Toronto, having formed in 1980 (see photo: my how the streetscape has changed?!). This year we are commemorating and celebrating all the amazing memories with our ‘Riverside 40 Years, 40 Stories’ series.

THANK YOU to all our incredible BIA colleagues, members, partners and collaborators for all they do- we could not make this all work without TEAMWORK!!!

The history- 50 Years of BIAs

Business Improvement Area (BIA) legislation was enacted in Ontario, Canada, and became Section 204-217 of the Municipal Act. Bloor West Village in Toronto became the pioneer of the BIA concept and was designated as the first BIA on September 16, 1970. Celebrating #BIAweek and #50yearsforward of BIAs.

We are proud to stand today with over over 80 BIAs in Toronto and 300 BIAs in Ontario. The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of our business community daily making stronger, safer, vibrant, and healthy. Happy Anniversary BIAs!

Read all about in the Toronto BIA Association’s News Release

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