The Weekly: Top 5 Updates & Reminders

1. Toronto Mayoral Candidates Respond To BIA

To help members make an informed decision, the BIA reached out to mayoral candidates with a summary of challenges facing our neighbourhood.
Toronto’s economic and cultural prosperity, as well as its standing as a global city, depend heavily on a bustling and lively downtown core. However, the aftermath of the pandemic has resulted in reduced foot traffic, including fewer office workers, visitors, and tourists. The situation is being exacerbated by escalating safety concerns and ongoing challenges related to traffic, transit, and construction. As Canada’s largest city, finding solutions to these issues in Toronto will require the participation of the federal and provincial government, but it is the Mayor of Toronto who should set the tone and direction of those relationships.

As mayor, what specific actions or resources would you put in place to make downtown safe, accessible, and inviting for businesses, workers, local visitors and tourists?

See responses from mayoral candidates

2. Summer Promotions & Member Opportunities
The BIA is preparing Summer campaigns that will feature member events, promotions and activities to be included in upcoming events and on our website ( , influencer programming, contesting and social media.

Please provide the following:
* A description of your promotion, event and/or activity
* A high-resolution image (no text should be included in image)

Send email to

3. Metro Toronto Convention Centre Welcomes Six Citywide Conventions This Summer, Boosting Regional Economy
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) will host a series of six citywide conventions this summer that will gather over 27,000 national and international visitors. These large conventions will create a significant boost for the region’s economy and local businesses. In its 2023/24 fiscal year, the MTCC will host 22 citywide conventions set to generate over $246 million in economic impact.

Citywide conventions at the MTCC have a significant economic impact on Toronto. International and national attendees contribute our local businesses; hotels, restaurants, and transportation services, fostering economic development and job creation.

Full press release
Upcoming Conferences and Conventions

4. Weekend Road Closures
Ride to Conquer Cancer
Date of Event
: June 10, 2023
Times: 6:30 am to 10:30 am

Road Closure Locations:
• Lake Shore Blvd W (westbound lanes), from Strachan Ave to Windermere Ave
• Windermere Ave (northbound lanes including one through lane and left-turn lane in the southbound lane), from Lakeshore Blvd W to The Queensway
• The Queensway (westbound curb lane), from Windermere Ave to The West Mall
• The West Mall (northbound curb lane), from The Queensway to Burnhamthorpe Rd
• Burnhamthorpe Rd (westbound curb lane), from The West Mall to Etobicoke Creek
More information

Toronto Challenge 5K Run/Walk and 1K Walk
Date of Event: June 11, 2023

Times: Formation Area Closure: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
1K Route: See Map
5K Route: See Map
More information

5. Roy Thomson Hall Rental Opportunity

Looking for a private but central location to host your Summer Staff BBQ, Social Mixer, Cocktail Reception and/or Client Entertaining? North Court Patio at Roy Thomson Hall is located conveniently on the corner of King Street West and Simcoe St. This stunning courtyard offers a unique and versatile outdoor setting that is unlike any other in the downtown core. The space is equipped with house furniture, including bistro tables and chairs, copa tables as well as lounge furniture, along with a satellite kitchen and dedicated bar. This space is also fully accessible with elevator access via the PATH entrance off Simcoe St!

Please contact the bookings & sales team.

Dana Duncanson | Director of Marketing & Communications