A Buiness Improvement Association (BIA) is an association of business and property owners who work together to support growth and development in their mainstreet core. All BIA's ultimately have the same goal – to increase traffic and sales in their local business district through the co-operation of each and every BIA member business and property owner.
The Weston Village BIA
The Weston Business Improvement Area (BIA) acts as a unifying body for its membership and works on their behalf to make Weston Village a desirable destination to do shop work and visit. The goals of the Weston Village BIA include the revitalization and preservation of the Village through regular maintenance, facade improvement, streetscape, public art programs, special events and promotions, and municipal partnership.
The Weston Village BIA is managed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of business owners and property owners as well as the local city councillor. The Board of Directors is an elected body and is elected every 4 years and elections coincide with the City of Toronto elections.
Operations and Funding
The BIA Board of Management oversees the annual operating budget for the BIA. Each year a budget is established and is presented to the BIA membership at their annual general meeting. Once approved by the membership the budget is then submitted to the City of Toronto. A levy (tax) is then set by City and is applied to each property within the boundaries of the BIA. Every business within the BIA geographic area is automatically included in the BIA membership and contributes to the BIA budget through this special levy which is applied to their property taxes.
The Weston BIA employs two part-time staff as well summer sudents and casual staff who help with our Weston Farmers' Market, Santa Claus Parade and other special events.
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