What is a BIA?

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial and industrial property owners and tenants within a specified district who join together with official approval of the City in a self-help program aimed at stimulating business.

Active and effective BIAs benefit not only the business community, but the surrounding neighbourhood and the City as well. BIAs serve as an economic and social anchor for the surrounding neighbourhoods and help to stabilize and add vitality to the local community.

BIAs are often the driving force behind community events, capital improvements (planters, benches, decorative street lighting...), marketing initiatives, community websites & directories, and much more!