The Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (CBIA) is a not-for-profit community based City of Toronto agency established in 2007. CBIA was formed by the area’s commercial property owners and tenants, along with Trinity-Spadina’s City Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh. In addition, CBIA works closely with all three levels of the government, area residents, community groups, other BIAs, and the private sector to build a strong Chinatown community.
The key purposes of CBIA are to preserve the Chinese heritage and culture, improve on Chinatown’s streetscape, health and safety, and to create exciting community events and projects to promote the area and draw visitors and locals to eat, shop, and explore the neighbourhood. CBIA also acts as an unified voice for Chinatown Businesses, to address issues and advocate for collective benefits. As a result, more employment opportunities and new businesses will be continually attracted to the area to enhance the existing vibrancy and tenancy mix.
Chinatown BIA Boundary and Management
CBIA geographic boundaries run from north to south on Spadina Avenue between College Street and Sullivan Street and from east to west on Dundas Street West between Augusta Avenue to Beverly Street; Huron Street between D’Arcy Street and Dundas Street West.
The funding of CBIA comes strictly from the area’s commercial property owners (who pay a special levy to the City of Toronto), sponsorships, and donations. It is run by an Honorary Board consisting of member-elected Board of Directors (BOD), that has been approved by the City Council.