Projects Funded: 2018 Stream 1
Bloordale Village and Ossington Avenue
Light up the Laneway Project
The Project seeks to pair new lighting fixtures with new greening, murals, and community activation to completely transform two pilot laneways in Ossington and Bloordale. The project plan includes community outreach, education, and workshops to engage the community and demonstrate laneways' potential as safe and vibrant public spaces.
Competency Framework for Sector Workforce Strategy
A sector-based workforce strategy to help businesses understand where their workforce demand is and to connect them to the resources/support they seek to enhance growth. As the strategy is 'demand'-driven, identifying the recognized skills and competencies pertaining to the industry/sector is essential. Once the recruitment needs of businesses are understood, the existing training/educational programs may be modified to fill gaps. This would improve the job match between employers and the potential resource pool; it would further the long-term goal of creating sustained employment opportunities and enhancing productivity within the workforce.
Dundas West and
Street Art Museum
The project aims to create Toronto's first open air street art museum on the BIAs' main street—inspired by projects in Berlin, Valparaiso (Brasilia), and The Bronx. Visitors would be attracted to the area through the museum's website. The project would allow the BIAs to increase pedestrian traffic, attract domestic and international visitors, and build the BIAs' shared brand as a cutting-edge, culturally-diverse, artistically-rich area where artists and art lovers live, work, visit, and contribute to the community and quality of life.
Outreach Patrol Program
The Program seeks to respond to frontline mental health, addictions, and poverty in Downtown Toronto, by creating a Community Outreach Team in partnership with Margaret's (a social services agency). Immediate intervention, triage, and crisis management services would be provided for individuals experiencing mental illness, addictions, or poverty. The Program would mitigate the perception that the BIA's streets are not safe, while offering support to individuals who might otherwise fall through the social safety net's cracks.
Queen Street West
Geotargeted Commercial Research Study
Relying on the services of POTLOC (a technology company with the mission to return consumers to the heart of the commercial development process), the BIA sought to undertake geotargeted consumer research that would support and enhance business along Queen Street West. POTLOC would draw on social networks to organize large participatory campaigns as well as market research to account for the needs of clients—while providing a vision for retailers.
St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood
Asset Improvement Strategy
The BIA aims to implement a long-range strategy for the better management of public assets within the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, including street furnishings, trees, signage, public spaces, etc. This would include data collection, the implementation of GeoPal issue-tracking and reporting software, as well as a report developed during the first year of implementation.
The Eglinton Way
Construction Mitigation Toolkit for BIAs
The BIA seeks to document and explain the challenges, successes, realities, and actions taken during invasive, long-term construction projects. Supported by a consultant, this work would take the form of a toolkit that could be leveraged by other BIAs looking to prepare for and mitigate business disruptions during major infrastructure construction projects.