Member Information


Businesses located within our boundaries are members of the Uptown Yonge BIA, and enjoy the benefits of being part of our area.

GENERAL INFORMATION | UPCOMING MEETINGS | COVID-19 UPDATES

 

MEMBER INFORMATION: Updated October 13, 2020

Digital Main Street:

Uptown Yonge BIA continues the Digital Main Street (DMS) program for our members. Last year we partnered with DMS to help your business with its digital transformation. If you require assistance, please contact Julie Prendergast who is our DMS Digital Service Squad member to help you with various tools and technologies. julie.prendergast@digitalmainstreet.ca The best part is there is absolutely no cost to you as a BIA member.

Reminder DMS is offering again Digital Transformation training, guidance and provides you the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $ 2,500.00 Julie can help you to submit your application. Please get your grant information in by the end of October.

Please see information below on training events available to members during small business month.

Small Business Stories with ShopHERE Graduates

 

Tonight! We’re hosting our highly requested “Small Business Stories” panel from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Hosted by ShopHERE powered by Google, join us for an engaging discussion with local small businesses who have graduated from our ShopHERE program. Topics of discussion will include challenges, wins and the power of going online. Click here to reserve your free ticket.

Selling and Shipping During the Holiday Season with eCommerce Canada

This year we saw the retail industry change overnight with stores across Canada shutting down and reopening under very different circumstances. With the holiday season coming up, Digital Main Street wants to help small businesses prepare for what will be a very different holiday season for retail businesses.

Register Now…

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Upcoming Meetings

Our next meeting date is October 29th at 6pm via Zoom. Please find the Agenda 48 hours in advance.

The Board of Directors meets on the last Thursday of every month. Attendance is open to members, and we welcome your attendance and constructive ideas. Time will be set aside to share an idea, question, or concern. If you are planning to attend a meeting, please let us know 48 hours in advance.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and Provincial restrictions, the Board of Management meeting will be held on Zoom. Pass codes will be circulated to those who have registered by close of business 24 hours prior to the meeting time.

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COVID-19 Updates

October 5th, 2020 Update:

As protocols and procedures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, we want to ensure you have the most up-to-date information possible.  Below are a number of updates and resources that we hope you find useful, including: what to do when you have a workplace outbreak, an overview of updated protocols for restaurants/bars and a link to some posters you may want to print and put on display.

The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) is also looking at ways to support businesses that are experiencing unsustainable increases to their insurance premiums.  Please be sure to take 5 minutes to complete their survey.

As an employer, you are responsible for developing a plan in the event someone becomes ill with COVID-19.

As part of your plan, you must keep a record of participants at in-person meetings and events to aid Toronto Public Health in contact tracing. If you have been notified that an employee has tested positive or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the workplace, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.

After an outbreak occurs, clean and disinfect all surfaces as soon as possible and follow public health guidance on additional preventative measures.

Communicate regularly with your staff and business partners to ensure information is being shared, and maintain confidentiality of employee’s personal health information.

For additional information on what to do in the event of an outbreak at your business, click HERE.

Updated Protocols for Restaurants

Yesterday City Council voted in favour of implementing stronger measures to protect residents from COVID-19 and slow the resurgence of the virus in the City.

Beginning next Thursday October 8, the following temporary bylaws will come into force. To prevent COVID-19 from spreading in food and drink establishments, restaurants and bars must:

  • Limit the total number of guests permitted to be inside at any one time to 75 (down from 100)
  • Maintain a customer log for each patron, not just one person from the party
  • Limit the maximum number of people able to sit at each table, both inside and outside, to six people (down from 10)
  • Keep background music and any other background sounds, such as from televisions or other electronic sound producing devices, no louder than the volume of normal conversation (with the exception of live performances carried out in accordance with the provincial Stage 3 regulation).

A number of businesses are already implementing these new standards now and not waiting until next Thursday, which is something you may also want to consider.  It’s a way to train your team ahead of they bylaw coming into effect and it also gets customers used to the new bylaws as well.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Covid-19 Alert App

Please encourage your customers to download the COVID-19 Alert app to help protect themselves and the community.

Once downloaded, the COVID Alert app will notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19, tell you what steps to take next, and will alert nearby app users if you test positive, without sharing any personal information.

The COVID-19 Alert App does not collect, store, or share your location or any personal or health information. Instead, it uses your phone’s built-in Bluetooth to exchange random codes with other nearby app users every 5 minutes, looking for matches between the random codes on your phone and the random codes from those who have told the app that they have tested positive. For more information on how the app works, click HERE.

The more people who use the app, the more effective it becomes. Download and display this poster to encourage your patrons to use the app.

Other printable information cards and posters can be found HERE.

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