The Kensington Market Business Improvement Area (KMBIA) was formed in 2009 and represents over 240 businesses. Kensington Market is one of the many BIA’s throughout Toronto and is the voice of our diverse business community.

Our Responsibilities

The Kensington Market BIA is run by a volunteer Board of Management elected from its Members (who either owns a commercial or industrial property or have a storefront within the BIA area).

The Board is nominated at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and, once approved by City Council, serves a four-year term concurrent with the term of Council.

The Board works on behalf of its BIA Members and meets regularly to develop budgets, set priorities, implement capital improvements, plan festivals, and promote the commercial aspects of the neighbourhood.

Join Us

The BIA hosts a number of board meetings that are open to the public. We also have subcommittee meetings that discuss/plan other market agendas in greater detail, such as Marketing, Street Events, Heritage, and Street Scaping / Master Planning.

These meetings take place the second Wednesday of each month at the office of
Red Pepper Spectacle Arts Unit 10 — 160 Baldwin ST. Toronto, ON

You can download agendas, and their recorded minutes at our: Public Resources page.

People of the KMBIA

Board Members

  • Gwen Bang

    Chair Lola
  • Cece Scriver

    Vice Chair
  • David Beaver

    Secretary + Treasurer Wanda's Pie in the Sky
  • Martin Zimmerman

    member One Plant
  • Mike Layton

    City Councillor
  • Mike Shepherd

    Member Big Fat BurritoTrinity Common
  • Anthony Aarts

    Member The Planet Traveler
  • Ryan Johnson

    Member J Poison Records & Fashion
  • Pouria Lofi

    Member Cafe Pamenar
  • Owen Walker

    Member El Rey Mezcal Bar

What's a BIA?

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses.

By working collectively as a BIA, local businesses have the organizational and funding capacity to be catalysts for civic improvement, enhancing the quality of life of the local neighbourhood and the City as a whole.