Riverside BIA

Organization Details


Phone: 416-466-8167
Email: office@riverside-to.com


The Riverside Business Improvement Area is one of Toronto’s first BIAs, founded by local business and property owners in 1980. The BIA spans 10 vibrant blocks of Queen St East from the iconic Queen Street viaduct (Riverside Bridge) at the Don Valley, to just east of the world-famous De Grassi Street. Riverside is Toronto’s small- town-in-the-big-city. Rich in history and art, the area boasts over 100 unique eateries, shops, and attractions. The BIA is home to the Riverside bridge – illuminated nightly in dynamic colours – The Broadview Hotel, The Opera House, two breweries and Toronto’s first cidery, and much more to explore.

Thoughts About Art and Community

Creating a cleaner, safer and more attractive business district Ensuring a stable and predictable resource base to fund supplemental services and programs Helping to maintain and increase property values Giving a business district a distinct identity and making it more competitive with surrounding retail and business centres


Marketing programs aimed to improve the overall image of our business district through collaborative promotional strategies, market research and public relations Reinforcing the business district’s drawing power as a destination through special events, often targeting consumer markets that typically underutilized it Supporting projects that attract jobs and investment to business districts, carrying out market analysis, developing databases and utilizing City grants (e.g. Façade Improvement Grant, Commercial Research Grant) Implementing capital improvement strategies such as street lights, benches, planters , additional litter receptacles and public art