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On September 16, 1970, Bloor West Village BIA in Toronto became the first Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the world! Are you proud to be Canadian now? We certainly are!
Fast forward to 2020, and there are now more than 300 BIAs in Ontario – a list that continues to grow. Across Canada there are 500 BIAs (or their equivalent) and the idea has also spread worldwide! There are BIAs (or their equivalents) in more than 10 different countries around the world, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Germany, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, China, and India.
A BIA is integral to advancing a distinct, livable, vibrant and resilient business district within their local community. This video celebrates all that BIAs have achieved over the last 50 years.
I wonder what the next 50 years will look like?