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 – Feb. 9, 2022 at 9:00am
The purpose of this meeting is to decide on our BIA’s program and budget for 2022. BIA programs are paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties.
As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete proposed budget and audited financial statement, please contact the BIA.
For more information and to RSVP please email: firstname.lastname@example.org You are encouraged to register immediately. Please RSVP by 5:00PM, Monday February 7th, 2022
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.
Shopping Guide – Submission Deadline: Jan. 30, 2022
We’re back again with another free opportunity to promote your UPtown Yonge business! Showcase your signature product or service in our Spring Shopping and Dining Guide and you’ll be featured in both our printed and online editions. Following on the success of our Holiday guide, we’re going door-to-door once again and distributing full colour printed guides to more than 24,000 households in the Uptown Yonge area. The online guide will be available for all to see at uptownyonge.com. Participating businesses will also be featured in upcoming posts on our social media channels. Simply complete our Submission Form and upload a hi-res photo or image.
Registration opens for free webinars to support entrepreneurs and small businesses
The City of Toronto and its partners are offering a slate of free webinars to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in 2022. These learning opportunities cover a range of subject areas, from the basics of eCommerce, to the legal questions to consider when establishing a business, to general small business tax literacy. Learn more and register for these free webinars.
Retail Accelerator Program offers training, mentoring and a micro grant of $10,000
Applications are being accepted for the City of Toronto’s Retail Accelerator Program. Part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative, the new program provides access to retail training, advisory services and mentoring opportunities, as well as a micro grant of $10,000 to help retail businesses develop and expand. Apply by March 31, 2022.
Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program to help operators and owners of vacant storefronts
The City of Toronto’s new Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program is offering matching funding of 50 per cent to commercial business operators and owners of vacant storefronts (or, in certain limited circumstances, at risk of becoming vacant) to undertake interior improvements. The program is a key part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2022 or when funds are expended, whichever comes first, and are considered on a first received, first reviewed basis. Apply today.
Webinars and Online Events
A full list of webinars and learning opportunities is available online. More info here.
Government of Ontario announces capacity limits in many indoor public settings
Effective Sunday, December 19, the provincial government announced additional public health and workplace safety measures in response to the Omicron variant, including a 50 per cent capacity limit in many indoor public settings. These include restaurants and bars; retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies); shopping malls; personal care services and more. In addition, only 10 patrons are now permitted to sit at a table in restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments, which are now required to close by 11 p.m. (with an exemption for takeout and delivery services).