What is a Business Improvement Area (BIA)?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of businesses within a geographical area, who join together, with the official approval of the City, to promote and stimulate the local economy.
A BIA is managed by a volunteer board which is comprised of property owners, business owners and usually the local member of council. The board's initiatives are funded by a special tax or levy charged to all the property owners in its catchment area..
The Weston Village BIA
Stretching along Weston Road, north to Church Street and south to Wilby Crescent; west on Lawrence Ave to Hickory Tree Rd and east on Lawrence Ave to South Station, the Weston Village BIA, established in 1979 is one of the oldest in Toronto. The business area reflects the cultural diversity of the area and consists of an electic mix of 160 stores, restaurants and professional buildings. The business area also refelects the long and storied history of Weston and there are many second and third generation-owned, family businesses, that are still going strong.
Getting to and From Weston
More than any other period in its recent history, Weston is undergoing enormous change. While it has always been an easily accessible area because of its proximity to the 401 and 400 highways, recent additions to our transit service has made it one of the most accessible areas in Toronto. In operation since 2016, The Up Express, which operates every 15 minutes from a new station at 1865 Weston Rd, south of Lawrence, transports riders to Union Station and Pearson International Airport in 20 minutes.
Developments in the Area... Weston On the Rise
A groundbreaking occurred in the summer of 2016 for a multi-faceted new development called the Artscape Weston Common. Situated in the Weston Rd and King area, the Hub will consist of a venue for public arts programming, an outdoor programming space of 12,400 square feet as well as 26 live-work space for artists plus space for the 39 year-old, beloved, Weston Farmers' Market. In conjunction with the Hub, a developer named Rockport will be developing a 307- unit apartment building on the John Street parcel of the land
In 2019, there will be a shovel in the ground for another exciting development on Wilby Cresent, off Weston Rd, south of Lawrence. The Humber which will consist of a 16-storey condominium development, with retail on the ground floor, is beautifully situated on the Humber River and a 5 minute walk from the Weston GO Station and the Up Express.
Between 2019 and 2024, there are several other major developments planned for Weston and more details will be shared on this page once the development applications have been submitted.
Annual Events and Activities
For a small village, Weston ranks up there with the bigger down-town areas in terms of its events. Starting with our 39 year old, Weston Farmers' Market, which runs every Saturday from mid May until the end of October, the market is consistently rated as one of the top 10 markets in the GTA. The annual Weston Santa Claus Parade on the last Sunday in November attracts over 20,000 eager fans and is also celebrating its 39th anniversary this year.
Last year, Weston BIA produced its first Buskerfest and received rave reviews. We are now in the mid-planning stage of Weston Buskerfest 2018.
Streetscaping and Beautification Projects
With the beautiful Humber River as a back drop and numerous historical buildings in the village, ambiance abounds in Weston. To harness those attributes and in anticipation of the role new developments will play in the area, the Weston BIA is currently working on a master plan for the area.
Weston BIA Office
We are a busy BIA and along with a board of directors, we have one staff person who works 4 days per week out of our office at 4 John Street, Unit 3, Weston. John Street runs east off Weston Rd, one street north of Lawrence.
Our office is open from Monday through Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Phone: 416-249-0691 Fax: 647-775-1158
Get in touch
4 John Street, Unit 3
Monday through Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.