Representing over 200 member businesses in the area offering shoppers and visitors a vibrant Caribbean, Latin and Italian-flavoured International Market
The York-Eglinton BIA serves the businesses in the areas along Eglinton Avenue West between Marlee Avenue and Dufferin Street, and along the north side of Dufferin to Whitmore Avenue. Often referred to as the commercial backbone of the city, York-Eglinton is easily accessible by transit and Highway 401 from the W. R. Allen Expressway.
There are over 200 member businesses in the York-Eglinton area, offering shoppers and visitors a vibrant Caribbean, Latin and Italian-flavoured international marketplace – a one-stop market with shops, restaurants and services that cater to the city’s diverse heritage. Go to the directory here to find a business or service in our area.
What We Do
The mandate of the York-Eglinton Business Improvement Area is to promote the area and businesses along Eglinton Ave. West, between Marlee Ave. and Dufferin St., as a business and shopping district. We do this through:
- business recruitment
- streetscape and amenity improvement
- seasonal decorations
- organizing special events
- overseeing the improvement and beautification of properties, land, buildings and structures within the boundaries
For a list of current BIA board members, please see our Contact page.
Originally started in 1981, the York-Eglinton BIA was reformed in 1999 by a small group of business owners to re-establish a voice for the business community in partnership with the City of Toronto.
Upon the success of revitalization the group looked to regain the business owners and landlords’ confidence and support by improving the area for the residence and shoppers. This began a new value program to upkeep the look and image of individual stores and the surrounding area. The goal was to create a greater pride toward the York-Eglinton BIA.
The York-Eglinton BIA has gone through some growing pains and in 2007, its western boundaries were realigned to focus on a more condensed grouping of businesses. This remodel has allowed the BIA to create strong community ties and build a stronger community image.
Currently, the BIA is working to develop its annual festival into a larger tourism pull in the summer months. In addition, the BIA Office is developing ideas to compliment its mandate of promoting its area as a business and shopping district.
York-Eglinton International Street Festival
Our Annual York-Eglinton International Street Festival brings over 5,000 visitors to our BIA and features entertainment for the whole family, activities for the kids, sidewalk sales, vendors, buskers, magicians and much more! More here >
Gallery City was conceived in partnership between the York-Eglinton BIA and Hogtown Mascots, under the artistic direction of John Kernaghan, to harness the talents of local artists in order to beautify the windows of neighbourhood storefronts that are currently vacant. For more about Gallery City, visit the website here >
Membership in the BIA
Membership in the York-Eglinton BIA is limited to a specific service area. As a Toronto “Business Improvement Area” our borders include Eglinton Ave. West from Marlee Ave. in the east to Dufferin St. in the west and include one street north and one street south of Eglinton Ave. West.
*Buildings in this area are automatically included in the BIA and any business that operates out of those buildings are members of the BIA. Read more about BIA membership here >
Read about what we’re up to in the blog >
We’d love to hear from you! Visit our Contact page for contact details.