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Ontario Budget Again Provides No Relief For Small Business In Big Cities

April 28, 2017

For Immediate Release


In 1998, Ontario took over school boards’ authority to set property tax rates. Residential education rates were immediately equalized across the province and an advisory panel recommended moving quickly to equalize business education tax rates as well.


OBIAA Releases Return ON Investment of BIAs Consultation Report

Report details stakeholder engagement processes and outcomes.


Mississauga, ON – February 28, 2017.  The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) today announced the release of the Return ON Investment of BIAs Consultation Report.

Queen St. West to offer free Wi-Fi in new parkettes

Local BIA hopes free Internet will keep people in the neighbourhood and bring "eyes in the park and eyes on the street."

Torontonians will soon be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi in Queen West without paying for overpriced coffee.

Two new parkettes scheduled to open in fall 2017 will offer complimentary Internet service, as well as seating, trees and other amenities.

Toronto Patios Face Steep Fee Hikes Under City Staff Proposals

City licensing staff insist that proposed fee hikes of, in some cases, more than 1,000 per cent for patios serving alcohol are still under consideration. But restaurant and bar owners say the increases will lead to fewer outdoor spaces for residents.

You could call it a war on fun in Toronto.

A city staff proposal to dramatically boost fees charged to operate sidewalk cafés and patios is being called just that, with some restaurant and bar owners predicting it will lead to fewer outdoor spaces for residents to eat and drink.

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TABIA News & Views

TABIA News & Views

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Resource Guide

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Think Big - Buy Local

Think Big - Buy Local

My neighbours shop local for fresh produce and support their community. To download "For My Neighbour" bus shelter posters, click here.

Property Tax Posters

Property Tax Posters

"A thriving main street is the heart of a community, supported by the effort of the people who live and work there."

We and our members want relief from high commercial property taxes. Find out more and help spread the word by downloading, printing and distributing our Tax Posters.

Accessible Mainstreet

Accessible Mainstreet

Are you in compliance with new legislation that came into effect on January 1, 2012? Would you like to discover simple and inexpensive solutions to broaden your customer base? For useful information view this article or visit the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development's accessibility page.

Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace Violence Prevention

There's new Legislation every business owner should be aware of. Click here to download Power Point presentation on Workplace Safety & Harassment.

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