About the BIA

The Beach Village BIA goes above and beyond the administration of its members and makes strides to connect with the community at large.

Events such as those put on for Family Day and Canada Day give business owners a chance to interact with residents in a way that goes beyond their day to day shopping experiences.

These events are a great way to meet The Beach and everyone is invited to bring their kids out, pick up the treats that are available along the strip in the form of great food and balloons and hand outs, and then to gather in Kew Beach Park for an old-fashioned mingle.

The Beach BIA is proud to host events like these that bring the entire community together to support businesses but also to have fun.

We have more than 300 stores, shops and services along Queen Street East running from Lockwood (three blocks west of Woodbine) all the way to Toronto’s art deco gem, the R.C. Harris Waterworks.

When you want a great cup of coffee, a scrumptious pastry, one of the best homemade ice cream cones in town or mighty fine dining, you can find it in our plentiful assortment of sidewalk cafes, pubs and restaurants.

What is a BIA?

The Beach Village is one of more than 83 Business Improvement Areas in Toronto.  A BIA is an association of business people within a specified district who join together, with support from the City, in a self-help program aimed at stimulating local business.

Upon approval by City Council, every business automatically becomes a member.  Everyone benefits, so everyone pays.  A BIA arises from the retail and professional activities of a main street, but it also helps to stabilize and revitalize the surrounding community.

Each BIA is administered by a volunteer Board of Management, made up of members of that BIA who are elected by their fellow BIA members and approved by City Council.  As our City Councillor, Mary-Margaret McMahon also serves on the Beach BIA Board.

The mandate of each BIA is to improve business conditions in their own area.  As such, BIAs are vital to the economic health of Toronto, and have done much to improve the prosperity of neighbourhoods across the city.

Here in The Beach Village, we will work to attract more customers to our member businesses by holding special events and seasonal promotions, and improving the streetscape along Queen Street East.  We have ambitious plans, and they won’t happen overnight, but our goal is to make The Beach Village the best commercial district – and community – in Toronto.

The following video was created by the Toronto Association of BIAs (TABIA) to Celebrate 40 years of BIAs in Toronto.

The Beach Village BIA Board of Directors​

Marg Gillespie

Proxy for Set Me Free – Chair

Russell Ward

Nabors Paint Ltd – Vice Chair

Bob Gore

Robert Gore & Associates – Treasurer

Johanna Carlo

Beaches Wellness Centre

Rick Gabriele


Diana Thomas

Artisans on Queen

Mary-Margaret McMahon

City Councillor, Beaches-East York Ward 32