Business Districts: A New Model for Understanding Our Economy and Guiding Recovery
The pandemic has had an uneven impact across the Innovation Corridor*, the commercial capital of the country and one of the fastest growing urban regions in North America.
The Economic Blueprint Institute (EBI) – the Board’s data and research arm – has introduced a Business District framework to better understand the complexity and diversity of the regional economy, the uneven impact of COVID-19, and strategies to support recovery.
For each Business District, EBI has produced reports highlighting considerations for reopening and outlining strategies to help the region transition from crisis towards opportunities for recovery. Click below to learn more about each Business District and read the reports.
* The Innovation Corridor comprises the five Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) of Oshawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo
Pilot Zones: highlighting the needs and learnings of a business district
We focused on three areas across the greater Toronto area to determine needs and solutions that can be applied to similar districts, globally. In each, we established a pilot zone, where we engaged key organizations to explore that zone’s needs to operate safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.