Employee or Contractor? Part I

BIA Employee or Contractor?

In any environment various solutions give varying results, some producing different advantages or benefits depending on the approach taken.
Today, let’s look at what may be best for a BIA in terms of staffing. Various titles are used in BIAs. Most common are ‘Coordinator’, ‘Executive Director’ or ‘General Manager’.
Titles do not play...

Employee or Contractor? Part II What’s best for a BIA?

Hybrid Factors which lead to misconceptions and conflict

As previously stated, problems arise from hiring practices that are sloppy or thoughtless. The average BIA member has a lay knowledge of labour laws and standards. Especially since, in recent years, many employee benefits have become statutory. Government has legislated conditions which once negotiated between the parties, are now automatically included...

About Toronto’s BIAs

In Toronto, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are agencies of the city – that is to say their mandate comes from City Council; their Boards are approved by City Council and their main purpose is to serve the City’s priorities, while the priorities of their members (the business community they are purported to represent) are relegated to secondary importance.

This can be seen by the manner in which they are set up for operating. ...


Parking Issue

The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is proposing to increase the paid parking rates within most BIAs by 34% to $2.00 or more per hour. 

"The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) has undertaken a review of its On-Street Paid Parking Program for 2017 . As a result, the TPA is proposing a number of adjustments to the hourly rates and hours of operation to the on-street paid parking spaces."  More

Rules and Procedures





Rules of Procedure

  1. The rules in this by-law are to be observed in all meetings of the general membership, the Board of Manageme...

Conflict of Interest Act


Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

R.S.O. 1990, Chapter M.50


Consolidation Period:  From July 1, 2010 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment:  2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 7.


  1. In this Act,

“child” means a ...


In Camera Protocols

Protocols for BIA In Camera Meetings

Legal and Policy Framework

Statutory Provisions

The holding of closed meetings is set out in the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

  • All meetings of BIA Boards and committees must be open to the public.
  • A meeting More

Another Pound of Flesh

Vacancy Tax Rebates (VTR), the Facts

Some views and opinions on this subject are based on misinformation or misunderstanding. This includes politicians who are eagerly seeking to remove VTR whilst willing to forego due diligence in the never-ending pursuit of tax revenue.

Let’s begin with a little history. Prior to 1998, Toronto taxed business properties on two levels. One level was the actual property which was assessed a...


How to Depute

Part I – Background

Any city resident, group or association or political action committee is entitled to bring a deputation to City Council to oppose or endorse an issue concerning municipal governance.

To do so, the interested Party must first determine which is the appropriate Regional Council (otherwise referred to as ‘Community’ Council) to which ...