The Junction Toronto is renowned among community residents, and visitors for its old-world meets new world charm. Founded in 1884 as a village, the Junction grew into a town, and then it became the City of West Toronto before amalgamation with the City of Toronto in 1909.
Once the epicentre for Native Canadian trading trails, the junction railway tracks were laid to foster the booming industry’s growth in business. A few hotels and pubs developed to accommodate the influx of workers passing through the prosperous neighbourhood. Junction’s storied history includes the banning of alcohol sales from 1904 to 2008. Now, over a decade later, the junction area has been restored to its former glory.
Celebrated as a blossoming arts district by the Toronto press thanks to several museums in the neighbourhood (like the Museum of Contemporary Arts) and heralded as a new and upcoming “hip” Toronto community by the New York Times, the Junction is a must-visit destination in Toronto.
Across the GTA, the junction triangle is known for various quaint retail shops, lively restaurants and bars, furniture stores, alternative health practitioners, fitness options, museums and a bustling patio culture/nightlife. Much of Junction’s success is partly due to the neighbourhood’s Business Improvement Area or simply the Junction BIA. After over five decades, let’s have a look at how the Junction BIA restored this neighbourhood once again into Toronto’s favourite meeting place.
What is a BIA?
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a non-profit association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who collaborates with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers and diners, tourists, and new businesses.
What does the JBIA do?
As part of its mission statement, the JBIA “provides a resource and hub for the diverse mix of businesses, who welcome patrons to enjoy this vibrant neighbourhood.” The JBIA dedicates itself to delivering all business anchored at Dundas St West and Keele St, east to Indian Grove, west to Quebec Ave., a safe and inclusive space to flourish and meet patron’s needs.
Who benefits from the JBIA?
There is an eclectic merchandising mix of over 60 shops, restaurants, pubs, and local breweries within the BIA boundaries. The junction caters to many ethnicities and creeds, making the food available in the area the most diverse in the city. Along the bustling Junction strip, you will be happy to find everything from Vegan eateries, greek food, Indian cuisine, Italian, Lebanese, organic markets, Thai, Mediterranean and Canadian staples. It’s like taking your taste buds around the globe.
In the past, the Junction BIA has completed some streetscaping work, including several park benches along the sidewalks and designed flower boxes surrounding the many trees along the strip. Such improvements in the area, including the installation of year-round tree lighting, have established a real sense of pride of ownership among business owners and created a welcoming environment for new residents.
What local events can I attend?
The Junction BIA hosts many incredible annual events, including the outdoor movie night, contact photography festival, pumpkin fest, Santa in the Junction, the music festival, Toronto Design Offsite Festival and the popular summer solstice Festival held in June.
If you’re interested in making the Junction Factory your home, please don't hesitate to contact us. One of our knowledgeable representatives is always happy to help. And to learn more about the Junction’s neighbourhood.