Bronte BIA Board of Management Statement

Bronte BIA Board of Management Statement

The Bronte BIA shares the concerns of residents regarding the current practice of predatory towing in our Bronte business community. Unfortunately, the BIA has no jurisdiction over the right of private commercial lot owners and the manner in which they choose to protect their parking for their own customers. However, the BIA is working diligently with the Town and all the stakeholders in this matter to find a long-term solution.

Parking in Bronte Village – Councillor Sean O’Meara
As some of you may be aware, Bronte has recently struggled with its available parking spaces for both residents and visitors. As we undergo revitalization and development in Bronte, we expected some disruptions however the recent towing of vehicles by private property owners has been regrettable to say the least.
I want to outline what we have done from a Town’s perspective on this issue.
1) We have recently created interim parking spots along secondary roads as noted above on the map.
2) We will be erecting way finding to public parking by installing “P” parking signs to be located on Lakeshore Road for maximum visibility to show public, municipal parking spots. Additional on-street spots have been made available by the Town. Bronte has 250 public parking spaces available for anyone to use. On street parking has a 3hr limit.
3) Council has also instructed staff to report back on immediate actions to stop Predatory Towing which will happen this fall.

To be clear, Council has NO authority over the removal of vehicles on private property. We have begun the process to reign in tow companies in how they both charge and notify vehicle owners and will bring that to Council as soon as possible.

We have extended offers to assist private property owners in enforcing their lots however to date they have opted for private towing. I am hopeful that property owners and businesses can work together with the Town and Bronte BIA on a concerted effort to respect private property while at the same time understanding that all Bronte businesses are hurt by predatory towing.

I will continue to keep you posted however if you are on private property PLEASE READ THE SIGNS in the lots or alternatively park in the outlined municipal spots marked in the areas shown on the map.

Bronte Village remains one of the best spots West of the GTA to shop, dine and visit. We have many public parking areas and look forward to welcoming visitors year-round.


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Mother’s Day… Some Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming this weekend, and it can be difficult to think of a way to treat moms. Whether you want to get her something she will use all the time or a surprise to make a special memory, don’t overthink it, it’ll only make it even harder. Here are some ideas, all of them easy to find in Bronte Village.

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Are you willing to lose 52 days of sales?


A recent study asks small retail businesses “Do you know what the busiest shopping hours are out of the whole week?

Between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM on weekends. According to the Simmons Market Research Bureau, 11% of people are out shopping during that time and this doesn’t include your tourists.

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Oakville community shows creativity and pride in bids to design Bronte chairs for Canada Day

AHIB promote poster

The Bronte Village BIA was thrilled to receive an overwhelming response to its call for submissions to paint a Muskoka chair for the At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections public art initiative. Local families, artists, businesses and charitable organizations answered the BIA’s call to submit unique and creative designs for a chair that conveys their perspective on Canada’s and Ontario’s history in Oakville, and celebrates the diversity of this community.

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Oakville’s Canada Day 150th Celebration Volunteers Needed

volunteer need Oakville's Canada Day 2017

We are currently looking for Volunteers for Oakville’s Canada Day. Volunteers would be providing assistance with programming and logistical operations, and offering hospitality to our guests in areas such as Bronte BIA Hospitality Booth (Information and Merchandise), Vendor check-in, parking, performer check-in and liaison, set-up, tear-down, and more. Please contact us to discuss options!

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. It puts you in the center of things and gives you the ability to really make a difference and meet great people with the same vision…a vibrant, beautiful, and very livable Bronte Village community.

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Bronte Heritage Trail and Canada 150 Mobile Exhibit

Bronte Historical image

The Bronte Heritage Trail and Canada 150 Mobile Exhibit is a new project designed to bring Bronte Village’s history to life with location based content, e-beacons and interpretive signage, to highlight the unique roots of this community, and promote Canada’s 150th year of confederation.

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Vendor Opportunities at Oakville’s Canada Day 150 Celebration!

Canada Day Vendor booth

It is that time of the year again; we are now accepting applications from marketers and vendors who wish to participate in Oakville’s Canada Day.

This promises to be a blockbuster year for all Canadians.

Oakville’s Canada Day is a 1-day event that will take place in beautiful Bronte Heritage Park on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. For over a decade, we have hosted one of the best Canada Day celebrations and this year will be no exception.

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Bronte BIA Awarded Funding for Ontario 150 Celebration Public Art Project

Ontario Tourism Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon has just announced that Bronte BIA is one of 367 organizations across the province to receive funding under the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program. She notes that “2017 marks a once-in-a-generation chance to celebrate who we are and share our dreams for the next 150 years. This celebratory year will be a time of excitement and inspiration and it will be a chance for the province, as a founding member and leader in Confederation, to engage all Ontarians and play a leading role in commemorating and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada”.

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Paint The Lake Aug 4 – Art Contest

Paint The Lake Poster

Event Information

Get creative in Bronte! Paint a masterpiece at Paint by the Lake, an outdoor painting challenge event that invites the community to paint the beauty in Oakville. Paint The Lake, in partnership with the Bronte Lake Walk, is an opportunity for Oakvillians to explore the outdoors while getting creative by painting a scene in one of Bronte Heritage Park’s scenic landscapes. Return your painting at the end of the day to be entered into the Paint The Lake Painting Contest, to win awards and prizes.

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