Follow the links below for some valuable information for the merchants and commercial property owners of our BIA:
The Winterlicious 2020 application deadline for full-service restaurants is August 8, 2019.
Winterlicious ( & Summerlicious) participation is based on a two-part process:
1. an application submission to determine a restaurant's eligibility and price point category for participation; and
2. a registration by eligible restaurants (i.e. those having completed step 1) to secure a spot in each session of the program.
The application form can found at www.toronto.ca/licious Restaurants must review the eligibility criteria, application submission and registration processes prior to submitting an application for Winterlicious 2020.
Restaurants that have previously participated in Winterlicious and/or Summerlicious and are currently eligible do not need to re-apply. If unsure of their current status, these restaurants may contact me prior to submitting an application.
If you or restaurants have any questions, please contact;
email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-7902
Share your Input on Upcoming By-law Reviews
The City of Toronto is reviewing by-laws related to temporary signs, payday loan establishments, property standards and building maintenance, and wants your feedback!
1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3
The review aims to modernize the by-law and make it easier for the public to understand the rules governing temporary signs, such as A-frame signs, garage sale signs, mobile signs, new development signs, open house signs and real estate signs. In addition, the review is considering regulations to permit temporary signs that display messages of public interest and construction-related signs on private property. More information:
2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309
3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
Payday loans are short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. More information:
There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
· Attend public consultations
· Submit written feedback
· Subscribe to email updates
Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these by-laws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
Streamlined Application Process for Business Licenses in Toronto
The City of Toronto is streamlining the application process for new business licences and permits. As of June 3, 2019, applications for new business licences and permits will not be accepted unless all documents are submitted. Application requirements and forms are available online at: toronto.ca/licences
The improved application process will help applicants obtain their licence in one visit. Note: The new business licence application process does not apply to taxicab and limousine owners, or business licence renewals.
Fairlawn Avenue United Church wants to hear from you! Complete the survey and enter to win a $50 gift card for Amazon.ca!
Fairlawn Avenue United Church is conducting a community survey to gather information about community needs, ideas for new programs and services we can offer and suggestions of how we can better help people connect to community and find meaning.
This survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your survey responses are confidential. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey! Click here to complete the survey.
Sidewalk Cafe Harmonization Report
A report recommending a harmonized Bylaw for sidewalk cafes and marketing displays will be considered by the Economic and Community Development Committee on March 6.
The meeting will take place at City Hall, in Committee Room 1, starting at 9:30a.m. The report is available for review from the following website: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EC2.3DID YOU KNOW?
90% of the visitors to our website check out our online directory first. Please check your listing for accuracy and call or email our office with any changes you want. We'll update your listing when we receive the information.DIGITAL MAIN STREET A free digital "how to" guide to help you grow your business
The Digital Transformation Grant program is now live and available to BIA member businesses. Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of $2,500 to implement digital transformation within their business.
Please follow the links below for FAQs, application process etc.
Digital Transformation Grant Overview
Grant Promotional Toolkit for Members
For even more information go to www.digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-transformation-grant
Links for Business Owners;
BIA's . . . Small Business, big impact
Enterprise Toronto Seminars for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Ontario Business Program Guide
Toronto’s Sewers Bylaw & Greasetrap Information
Contact numbers for problems on the street
SIGN BYLAW UPDATES
Submitting a Sign Application
Find out which forms, documents, and drawings are required to submit an application.
General Sign Inquiries
Answers to the most commonly asked questions about signs in Toronto.
Review the fees associated with each type of sign application
Sign Complaints and Compliments
Find out how to make a complaint about a sign or service
links to valuable resources for Business Owners
The Ontario Business Program Guide
Renew Your Business License and Apply for an A-Frame Sign Permit Online
A-Frame Sign Application & General Information