Emery Village is named for the historic settlement, which developed near what is now Finch Avenue West and Weston Road. The village has a rich history of hard working immigrants and a steadfast entrepreneurial spirit, which is woven into the social fabric of the community even today.
The Emery Village BIA was formed in 2003 and is Canada’s largest Business Improvement Area with over 3,200 commercial, industrial and retail establishments employing approximately 25,000 people. It is also one of the City of Toronto’s largest designated Employment Zones.
The BIA’s mandate is to initiate and oversee community improvements such as beautifying the streetscape, creating a sense of place and sustainability with inviting and safe environments, instilling a sense of community and civic pride in the neighbourhood, and celebrating the rich cultural history of Emery Village.
Recently, a valuable lesson has emerged of the importance of our suburbs to the economic health and vitality of the city. This is good news for the members of the Emery Village BIA Area. Our size and strategic location at the north end of Toronto, and bordered by two 400 series highways makes our success critical to the city’s twin goals: to renew its relationships with it suburbs and to define itself as a city that works and is open for business. Similarly, promoting our business community, creating the environment that fosters growth, and inspires vibrant, sustainable commercial neighbourhoods that preserve and grow jobs and value, is the business of the BIA.
As the economy lurches towards an uncertain future, we have plenty of examples of what went wrong in many U.S. cities, especially their suburbs, where property values have plummeted and where the future outlook remains bleak. Strategic investments in our infrastructure and in the physical environment we live, work and play in are our best defenses against the spiral of decline and neglect.