BIA Resources

Location: Adelaide St. (Bathurst St. to Parliament St.)

Expected Timeline: September 2022 – January 2023

John St. Corridor Improvements – Phase 3

Location: The project area includes a section of John Street between King Street West (North) and Front Street West (South).

Expected Timeline: August 2021 - December 2023, - Weekdays - 7AM to 7PM

Simcoe St. & Front St. PATH Tunnel Construction

Location: Simcoe Street will be closed to northbound and southbound vehicular traffic, from Front Street to Wellington Street - with the exception of vehicles which need to access the SPL/RBCC loading dock. Wellington Street will also be closed to eastbound vehicular traffic from John Street to Simcoe Street. Please note, Wellington Street will remain open to westbound traffic.

Expected Timeline: August 21, 2021 - January 2023

Metrolinx: Ontario Line General Updates

Location: Various Locations

Expected Timeline: Ongoing

Upcoming Metrolinx Ontario Line work in your area

Location: Various Locations

Expected Timeline: 2022 - 2029

Yonge Street Closure

Location: Yonge Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to Front Street, & Access to Yonge Street from the westbound Gardiner off-ramp will also be closed

Expected Timeline: October 28 - Early December 2022

Location: The boundaries for the project include Adelaide Street West (North), John Street (East), King Street West (South), and Widmer Street (West). We expect the work to begin June 2022.

Expected Timeline: June 2022 - January 2023

Location: The boundaries for the project include Queen Street West (North), Simcoe Street (East), Front Street West (South), and Brant Street (West).

Expected Timeline: September 2022 – December 2023

Museum Station Easier Access & Second Entrance/Exit Project

Location: Museum Station

Expected Timeline: August 15, 2022 - the end of 2024.

Construction on Front St W From Spadina Ave to Portland Street

Location: Front St W From Spadina Ave to Portland Street

Expected Timeline: May 30, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022, 7AM to 7PM

Location: The boundaries for the project include Adelaide Street West (North), Charlotte Street (East), Oxley Street (South), and Spadina Avenue (West).

Expected Timeline: May 2022 - December 2022

Location: Wellington Street from Strachan Avenue to Blue Jays Way

Expected Timeline: July 2022 - July 2023

Location: Lower Simcoe Street and Bremner Boulevard

Expected Timeline: December 2021 – Winter 2023, Weekdays, 7PM - 6AM

Lower Simcoe and Waterfront Flood Mitigation Work

Location: Lower Simcoe

Expected Timeline: N/A

King Street TTC Track Work Postponed to 2026

Location: King Street TTC track

Expected Timeline: Has been postponed to 2026, originally from 2023.

Events Updates

Location: Various Locations

Expected Timeline: Various Times

Filming Notifications

Location: Various Locations

Expected Timeline: Various Times

Upcoming Conferences and Conventions

Jurassic Quest

  • Date: December 16- December 18
  • Location: Enercare Centre

Canada’s Bridal Show Winter

  • Date: January 13-15
  • Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Attendance: 35,000+

National Franchise Show

  • Date: January 14-15
  • Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Attendance: 35,000+

Interior Design Show 2023

  • Date: January 19-22
  • Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Attendance: 35,000+
John Street Construction Meeting

John Street Stakeholders:

Please see below briefing notes from September 2022 meeting with the City. 

Meeting Date:

September 15, 2022

Meeting attendees:

  • TDW BIA: Janice Solomon, Anojan Sathasivam
  • City: (BIA Office) Pauline Ho, (TS) Cassidy Ritz
  • THESL: Francis Szto
  • DPM: Mike Gentile
  • DIALOG: Bryce Miranda
  • MBII: Paul Boken, Alan McIntosh; Gillian Wright

Items discussed:

  1. DIALOG and MBII presentation
  • DIALOG and MBII has been working directly with the BIA on the catenary system on concepts, feasibility, case studies and potential layouts.
  • Review base system with twinkle lights and explored various methods and feature elements. Don’t know what the final load is. As design process, weight needs to be accounted such as snow/ice accumulation.
  • Catenary section study: Based on 5m overhead clearance with a 5% sag, proposed design modifications to shift catenary above BIA banners.
  • The system that the design team is looking at is quick connect type throughout the entire corridor except for intersections.
  • DPM suggested for Transportation Services to review and comment on the 5m clearance.
  • DIALOG to circulate the presentation to the group.
  • Transportation Services noted on any design changes including modification of where catenary system/banners sit on the pole has to be reflected in the design refresh in advancing the lighting agreement with various partners.
  • Toronto Hydro noted with the area being mixed use including residential, it usually generate a lot of public concerns. An important point to consider with the elements associated with the catenary system.
  • DPM noted the catenary system will be part of the BIA dedicated supply, not directly from the grid.
  • DPM noted power centre power load is 200 amp service and should suffice. Will review and confirm.
  • DIALOG is finalizing the visualization and studies. Working with DPM and will wait for this group’s feedback.
  • Transportation Services noted on the proposed system and the City’s O&M. Continual discussions will be needed.
  1. Toronto Hydro construction progress:
  • Received latest Toronto Hydro updates on September 23, 2022.
  • Construction at John and Wellington. South along John St. to Front St. Wrap up by end of October.
  • Last few weeks needed to make accommodation for Water Main project at Wellington and for TIFF.
  • Last week shut down took out 2 crews on Thur/Fri for TIFF to set up staging at Metro Hall. Have not heard issues and assumes all went well and acceptable with TIFF. 
  • Have slight concern with Hydro’s schedule and may request City’s work zone coordinator to allow some work on Saturday.
  • Toronto Hydro has made request to send out invoices to the BIA Office.
  1. Update from The City
  • New senior PM who has dealt with special lighting projects at Portland has been assigned to move ahead with the John Street agreement.
  • Transportation Services noted that Scott has updated quotes and has some questions for the consultants. Cassidy will touch base with ECS and TW on timing.
  • The project will be phased implementation and noted challenges with Ontario Line’s (OL) enabling work.
  • The City noted that Angela Haynes from the BIA Office is the support liaison for OL.
  1.     Progress of Tender drawings
  • DPM needs information to further progress and coordinate final cabinet locations. City to follow up with BIA and DPM.
  • Based on upcoming design decisions with the catenary system, the bulk to progress is with catenary.
  • When Hydro work is complete, BIA Office to request DPM to conduct an As-built review.
  1.     BIA
  • BIA to circle back re: maximizing the utilization of the Fed Dev fund and explore leveraging opportunity. City to check internally on any precedents in the past. 
  1. Next meeting: October 13, 2022 at 2pm


Retail Strategy

The Strategy is designed to inspire high quality, unique retail in the neighbourhood, creating destination streets for tourists, residents, and the local employment base.

Growth and Development Framework

The Downtown West BIA’s Growth and Development Framework focuses on those elements that have the greatest impact on the ‘experience’ of the area: the Pedestrian Realm and Parks, Streetscapes and Uses at Grade.