The Mount Dennis BIA was founded in 1974 and is one of 84 BIA’s in the City of Toronto.

What is a Business Improvement Area (BIA)?

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial and/or industrial property owners and business tenants within a specific area that have come together for the betterment of the area. Toronto’s more than 84 BIA’s represent more than 32,000 businesses employing over 406,000 people. BIA’s annually generate upwards of $28 million in funding for beautification projects, programs and events. Designated by Toronto City Council as a Board of the City, BIA’s are governed by the Municipal Code – Chapter 19.

What can a BIA do?

Local businesses, working collectively as a BIA, become catalysts for civic improvements, ultimately enhancing the business climate and quality of life of the neighbourhood. As a legal organization mandated by provincial legislation, BIA’s are able to develop a budget for improvements and, through the City, collect a levy from businesses in the area to raise the necessary funds.
BIA’s improve their local economies through activities such as:

  • Street and sidewalk maintenance and capital improvements
  • Advertising and public relations promotion of the BIA and its members
  • Safety, security and crime prevention initiatives
  • Strategic plans for business recruitment, market studies and capital improvements
  • Hosting neighbourhood festivals and events
  • Advocate on behalf of their membership as a unified voice

Join Our Team

We are always on the lookout for new BIA Board Members to join our “team”!

Please contact our BIA Co-ordinator, Laura Alderson at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering for our Board.

Robert Caplan
Chair & Owner, Caplan's Appliances
1111 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6N 3S3
416.767.1655 [email protected]
Cassandra Nicolaou
Vice-Chair & Owner, SuperCoffee
1148 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6N 3S3
416.551.8421 [email protected]
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Treasurer & Ward 5 Councillor Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St West Suite C49, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
416.392.4091 [email protected]
Dr. Heather Shear
Optometrist, Northwestern Eye Associates
1162 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6M 4P4
416.248.1660 [email protected]
Laura Alderson
BIA Co-ordinator & Board Secretary, Mount Dennis BIA
c/o 1148 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6N 3S3
416.518.9212 [email protected]