Welcome to Emery Village BIA

Canada’s largest Business Improvement Area, founded in 2003. Representing 3,200 Businesses and Commercial Properties, and employing over 28,000 people.

Emery Village BIA PPE Booklet

Reopening Guidance Package for BIAs

Emery Village BIA has put together a PPE Directory including businesses which are offering any of the following: gloves, temperature screening, electrostatic disinfection, masks, face shields, or eye protection.⁠

View the booklet HERE.

The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some services and partial reopening of many businesses. Resources have been developed to help support business through this time. For guidance on safely reopening, business operators can reference the Toronto Public Health Planning Guide, and visit the COVID-19: Reopening Guidelines for Businesses & Organizations to view sector specific resources.

Decisions about when and how businesses can begin operating will be made by the Government of Ontario in accordance with its framework to reopen the province after COVID-19.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Re-Opening your Restaurant

This guide provides you with the information you need to re-open your restaurant, or other food premise, after being closed or limited to take-out and delivery only. Part 1 provides advice on preparing your restaurant for food service, and Part 2 helps you to modify your premises and practices to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

You are advised to start preparing now for re-opening, but you are not permitted to start operating dine-in services until the revised order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is announced by the provincial government and comes into effect. Please note that announcement may contain conditions, which may result in amendments to Part 2 of this document. These conditions are likely to be minor, and you will be informed of them immediately. Please check the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/COVID19 for updates and new information.

Digital Main Street Programs Across Ontario

FedDev Ontario and the Province have provided funds to expand Digital Main Street’s services and resources across Ontario. You can see the overview here:  https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02590.html?OpenDocument

What this means for municipalities and BIAs is that the following resources will be available to help you support your main street businesses over the coming months:

  • Digital Main Street Grant – there will be $2,500 grants available to main street businesses to support their purchase of technologies. These will be available July 1st.
  • Future-Proofing Program – Digital Main Street will be launching a new program focused on helping future-proof businesses. More details will follow on this in the coming weeks.

In addition, this also means the ShopHERE program, which builds an online store for small businesses and artists at no-cost, is also available across Ontario. You can find the details about the program here: www.digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere.


Last week, the Emery Village BIA hosted a tele-town hall to address members’ questions about the impacts of COVID19 and the steps being taken by our governments to provide assistance to the business community. The one hour town hall featured commentary from local Humber River-Black Creek government representatives including Toronto City Councillor Anthony Perruzza, MPP Tom Rakocevic and Honourable MP Judy Sgro. Based on the feedback received in the discussion, the BIA is issuing a letter to Mayor Tory and the City’s Economic Support & Recovery Task Force outlining recommendations for a responsible approach to reopening the economy. If you were not able to make it to the tele-town hall, you may listen to a recording here:

  • Canada’s largest Business Improvement Area founded in 2003
  • Representing 3200 Businesses and Commercial Properties employing over 28000 people
  • Provincially Designated Employment District
  • Projects, programs and services to help meet business and community prospects and growth
  • We work with the City of Toronto, and other BIAs to engage and give voice to our businesses.

Our office may be closed, but like many others, we’re still actively working on your behalf. Recently, we have made changes to our website to reflect the most immediate needs in support of our businesses. We believe that our priority in this time of crisis is to ensure that the Emery Village Stakeholders and Community have the tools and timely information from the most appropriate sources to guide us through, build sustainability, and safeguard the health and safety of our residents, employees and business operators.

We will, from time to time renew and update our links to continue to serve you. Also, please see the section on the latest changes to our Mobile Security Patrol Program through VP Security.

If you are a business or a commercial property owner, please register to obtain access to e-mail blasts and other news feeds to keep you keep informed and updated to the latest news and changes to our services and programs.

Federal Resources

Canada Emergency Business Account

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-Employment and Social Development Canada

Business Assistance through your Financial Institutions

Chamber of Commerce – Emergency wage subsidy changes positive, but timeliness of execution deciding factor

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and How to apply

Provincial Resources

How Ontario is Responding

Ontario is working with its partners in the health care system implementing a robust plan to monitor for, detect and, if needed, isolate any cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Health is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians. This includes:

  • monitoring hospitals for potential cases of the virus in individuals with travel history to areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19
  • adding the 2019 novel coronavirus as a designated disease reportable under Ontario's public health legislation, enabling local public health units to quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection
  • ongoing planning with federal and provincial/territorial partners and readiness to coordinate with other provinces/territories
  • through the work of the Command Table, refining and finalizing plans for the implementation of enhanced measures to ensure the province continues to be prepared to respond quickly and effectively to any scenario, including: enhanced access to screening; expanding lab-testing capacity; and implementing new initiatives to keep the public and frontline workers safe

Province announces plans to re-open the economy

Ontario’s Response to The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario’s Framework for Re-opening the Economy Guidebook


Ontario’s Regulation 82.80 Orders the Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses

Municipal Resources

Transportation Service’s presentation on CafeTO: Increasing Dining Capacity for Toronto’s Restaurants

Economic Support and Recovery for Busin