About the BIA

What is a BIA?

A BIA is an association of business people within a specified district who join together, with official approval of the City, in a self-help program aimed at stimulating local business.

Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas website

It’s what we as business owners and property owners can do – together as a community – to improve our neighbourhood.

OVBIA Treasurer Mauricio Jimenez

Business Improvement Areas are volunteer organisations, led by volunteer Board Members.

In Toronto, Business Improvement Areas are Boards of the City. They are governed through Chapter 19 of the City of Toronto Act and fall within the realm of Economic Development, Art and Culture.

The general mandate of BIAs is to maintain and beautify commercial neighbourhoods beyond city service standards and to activate the public realm with public installations and events that by extensions nurture economic development within the designated area. BIAs are funded through a self-imposed levy on commercial properties and actively pursue grants and sponsorships for implementing progammes and events.

If you would like to be part of a public event or installation or volunteer with the BIA please reach out.

The Oakwood Village Business Improvement Area (OVBIA)

Our Vision / Mission


Getting Involved

We exist because you exist. Our home is your main street. Together we make a community.

Most of our public realm interactions are developed with the surrounding community, residents and patrons in mind. Your participation and feedback through social media channels, responding to online projects and reaching out every so often means a lot to us. Please connect.

If you would like to lead or be part of a public event / installation or volunteer with the BIA please reach out.

OVBIA Board Meetings

Board Meetings are the last Monday of each month, with optional meeting in August and December.

If you would like to attend a Board Meeting please contact the BIA.