Member Information


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

UPCOMING MEETINGS | GENERAL INFORMATION |

Upcoming Meetings

Annual General Meeting

The UPtown Yonge BIA Annual General Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 9 am and we want you to mark your calendars to join us virtually. Please email our Interim Executive Director, Tasneem Bandukwala at tasneem@uptownyonge.com to receive the registration link. Registration deadline: Monday, December 5, 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. The UYBIA is funded annually by a special levy charged to commercial and industrial property owners and non-residential tenants of such properties. 

This annual meeting determines the annual budget that is approved by those mentioned above. Please click below for a detailed meeting agenda with details of the 2023 budget. 

Download AGM Notice

Board election for the term of 2023-2026 

BIAs are in an election year and the UPtown Yonge BIA will be presenting a slate of board of management members to the general membership for election at this AGM. If you are interested in being considered for nomination on behalf of your property or business, please complete the nomination form by Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Forms must be submitted by email or in person.  No mail accepted.  Please email tasneem@uptownyonge.com to request a copy of the Nomination form.

Download Board Nomination Form 

Board Meetings:
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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MEMBER INFORMATION:

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event

The most magical and spectacular Holiday Tree ever to grace Yonge St. is coming to UPtown Yonge! Join us on November 23, 2022 at 6.30 pm in St Clements Parkette when UPtown Yonge BIA will be hosting our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event. Special thanks to Madison Group for sponsoring this year’s tree! Come enjoy a hot cocoa with friends… Everyone’s invited.

If you have any special promotions for the Holiday season, please reach out to our Social Media Coordinator Elspeth Poulson – elspethpoulson@gmail.com to help you spread the word through the UPtown Yonge BIA’s social media channels. 

 

Are you a new business?
Welcome to UPtownYonge! We’d like to get to know you. Click here and tell us a little about yourself.

 

Learn how to support and grow your small business!

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.

  1. Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) [OPEN NOW] – $2,400 (For implementing eCommerce plans)
  2. 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.

Download Report

Learn More 

 

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.

 

Free business webinars (https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-start-ups/training-support-for-business-start-ups/business-webinars/)

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.

 

 

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