A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of business people within a specified district who join together, with the official approval of the City, in a self-help program aimed at stimulating local business. The BIA uses its own money in an ongoing effort to draw more prospective customers to the area by improving the attractiveness of the area and promoting it as a good place to shop, visit and do business. Once a BIA is approved by City Council, every business within its boundaries automatically becomes a member.
Emery Village was designated a Business Improvement Area by Toronto City Council on April 16, 2003 through the enactment of By-Law No. 265-2003.1