Businesses located within our boundaries are members of the Uptown Yonge BIA, and enjoy the benefits of being part of our area.
Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all who attended The UPtown Yonge BIA Annual General Meeting scheduled on December 7, 2022. The UPtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a board of management of the City of Toronto that supports the economic development of the area with initiatives in policy and advocacy, streetscape enhancements, business promotion and activations and events all year round.
Board election for the term of 2023-2026
BIAs are in an election year and the UPtown Yonge BIA presented the slate of board of management members to the membership present for election at this AGM. The following members were elected as the Board of Management of Uptown Yonge BIA for the term 2023 – 2026 without any objection.
- Stephen Lokash (Tzatz Boutique)
- Mathew Soong (Property Owner)
- Peter Chang (Scotiabank)
- Sofia Reshetnikova (Sava Crepes)
- Kevin McKeown (Madison Group)
- Brent Maidens (Cibo Wine bar)
UPtown Yonge BIA Board meetings are held on 1st Wednesday of every month at 9 am. If you would like to attend the Board meeting, please me at email@example.com for meeting details.
Board meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Attendance is open to all UYBIA members. We welcome your participation 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 and we will send you the zoom details.
Meetings are held online. Links and pass codes will be emailed to those who have registered by close of business 24 hours prior to the meeting time.
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UPtown Yonge BIA bags the TABIA Mural Award 2022: We are so thrilled to share that the UPtown Yonge BIA has won the TABIA Mural Award at the 10th Annual BIA Awards Night organized by TABIA (Toronto Association of BIAS) held last evening at the Palais Royale for the three Gritude Murals we completed in 2022. It was an evening of networking and recognition of a number of Toronto BIAs for their various accomplishments throughout the year.
Beginning in 2021, Uptown Yonge embarked on a mission to complete 10 new murals in three years, all connected to one central theme: GRATITUDE. UPtown Yonge BIA unveiled its three murals for 2022 with the support of the City of Toronto’s 2022 Outside Mural and Street Art Grants, creating an UPbeat environment focused on art, community and new experiences, totaling 7 Gratitude murals in two years across the UPtown Yonge BIA. Three murals were completed along Uptown Yonge in 2022, adding vibrance, visual character, and beauty to the neighbourhood while also projecting the important value of gratitude that grounds our community. The mural designs speak to the theme of gratitude, while highlighting core values such as diversity and honouring the land we are situated on.
- Mural # 1 – “GRATITUDE” for Indigenous presence in Tkaronto (Ollie Quinn, 2509 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4P 2H6)
- Mural # 2 – “GRATITUDE” to Mother Nature (Uncle Betty’s Diner, 2590 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4P 2J3)
- Mural # 3 – Growth through “GRATITUDE” (Best Season Fruits & Vegetables, 2563 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4P 2J1)
This vision could only be realized by a talented and diverse group of artists who brought their designs to life on the walls of Uptown Yonge. This would have never been possible without the contribution of the Streetscape Committee and the Mural team of the Uptown Yonge BIA for their time, feedback and contribution in bringing these murals to life.
Big thank you to the City of Toronto for their generous grants to help us take some of the financial burden off so we can do more murals:)
If you would like a mural on your building, please reach out to Tasneem, our Interim Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore feasibility. As small businesses re-open their doors following public health restrictions as a result of the pandemic, the BIA is dedicated to ensuring that its members continue to receive much-needed resources and support.
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My Main Street is a $23.25-million investment to help drive business and restore vibrancy to local communities across southern Ontario in the aftermath of COVID-19. My Main Street is a partnership between the Economic Development Council of Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute, with funding provided by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
My Main Street has produced a variety of online training resources to support main street business.
Any business owner can access these resources for free!
My Main Street has developed two on-demand courses for small business owners.
- How to Start a Main Street Business
- How to Grow a Main Street Business
Businesses will need to create an account and login to access.
My Main Street will be hosting monthly mastermind and webinar sessions for small business owners.
- Mastermind sessions will be an opportunity for business owners to ask business specific questions, engage in discussion and get answers from the host, subject matter experts, as well as other business owners in the session.
- Webinars will have a specific topic that will include a presentation from an expert and time for Q&A from attendees.
Please pre-register for the events to participate. Past events will be recorded and available through the On-Demand online courses section.
New grants from Digital Main Street
Two new grants coming this month at Digital Main Street.
- Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) [OPEN NOW] – $2,400 (For implementing eCommerce plans)
- Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) [OPENS END OF JUNE] – $2,500 (For anything regarding digitalizing business)
Small business tax subclass eligible properties (https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/small-business-tax-class/)
The small business sub class continues to move forward and the second set of Commercial tax Bills reflects the 15% adjustment. For your ease of reference and convenience please find attached the subclass report with a trackable municipal address list of all 29,000 plus properties that will receive the reduction.
Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative (https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-incentives/toronto-main-street-recovery-and-rebuild-initiative/)
To assist small businesses in Toronto to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home) is providing up to $18 million for six inclusive and sustainable economic recovery projects, including CaféTO.
The City, with support from the Government of Ontario through the Small Business Enterprise Centre program, offers year-round, free online learning opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners, from regularly scheduled seminars such as marketing, tax literacy and e-commerce to large networking events.
Digital transformation resources for businesses (https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-support/covid-19-bills-tax-relief-businesses/)
Provides businesses with help accessing and adopting digital tools, technologies and services, including the Digital Main Street Program and ShopHERE powered by Google.