Helping the neighbourhood be economically strong

One of our goals is to provide market intelligence and tools to members and prospective members to build resilience, sustainability and facilitate decision making.

Downtown Yonge at a glance

With over 180,000 residents and nearly 60 million pedestrians annually, Downtown Yonge is a best in class destination that features a range of opportunities and experiences, and bolsters Toronto’s economy.

  • Over 3 million square feet of retail space
  • Over 700 retail stores; 125 fashion stores, 250 restaurants, 143 services.
  • Over 80% of businesses are non-mall retailers  (hRz Research Insights, John Archer & Associates, 2023).
  • Shoppers can enjoy a range of shopping choices, with four malls – including the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Atrium on Bay, College Park and The Tenor – and a multitude of unique and boutique streetfront retail.
  • The CF Toronto Eaton Centre, the busiest shopping mall in North America, is located right in the heart of Downtown Yonge, boasting over 50 million visitors annually. It is also one of the top malls in Canada by sales per square foot and one of the largest in Canada by square footage (Retail Council of Canada, 2019).
  • Over 45 different development and construction projects under development or being proposed in and around the Downtown Yonge area

Busy intersection surrounded by buildings and traffic.

Research Available

To facilitate decision-making, we ensure we perform market analysis and provide tools to members/prospective members on a regular basis. Below you will find some of the many research reports the Downtown Yonge BIA produces.

Traffic Counts

Our pedestrian and vehicle counters are located at five key intersections (Queen, Shuter, Gerrard, College/Carlton, Dundas). The 24/7 counting system monitors traffic flows of people and motor vehicles, travelling northbound and southbound on Yonge Street. 

Retail Listings

We want your business to join the Downtown Yonge family, which is why we publish monthly retail listings to give you the most comprehensive look at what is available in Downtown Yonge and who to contact to get you started.

Resident Profile

A neighbourhood of over 250,000 people surrounds Downtown Yonge. Discover who these residents are, and what their interests are. 

Economic Update

This short 10-minute presentation highlights some key economic indicators for Downtown Yonge.

Economic Newsletter

The Downtown Yonge BIA has created a semi-annual economic newsletter, highlighting key indicators such as traffic flows, retail vacancy, visitor data, and more. 

Sector-specific 1-page infographics


Learn more about the strong Retail sector in Downtown Yonge


Learn more about the largest sector in Downtown Yonge 


Gain insights into the impact of the Services sector in Downtown Yonge


Using a social enterprise approach, our fee-for-service work allows our expert staff to perform market analysis, strategic consulting services and more for the wider BIA, planning and economic development community, to contribute to the collective subject matter expertise of downtowns.

Monthly data updates 

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