January 5, 2022
To our provincial leaders,
Re: Urgent Asks from BIAs for Business Supports
The Bloorcourt BIA, Chinatown BIA, Corktown Business & Residents Association, Little Portugal on Dundas BIA, Queen Street West, Riverside BIA, and West Queen West BIA, collectively represent approximately 1800 small & medium sized businesses and property owners in Toronto. The views expressed in this letter come from our direct consultations with many of our members.
On Monday, January 3rd, we learned that significant restrictions for many business industries were being put in place with less than 48 hours notice.
Small and medium sized businesses remain the ‘engine of the Canadian economy’ and while
they are instrumental, they remain equally as vulnerable and fragile during the COVID-19
pandemic and beyond.
As one of our local businesses put it: “At this stage, we need financial measures more than ever to help us through the next 6 months as we have all been weathering through this pandemic for so long with little respite.”
What we’ve heard:
On behalf all of the BIAs mentioned above,
Jennifer Lay Meg Marshall
Executive Director Manager
Riverside BIA Bloorcourt & Queen Street West BIA
The City of Toronto acknowledges that what we now call Toronto is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.