What’s New

OBIAA news and information

Jun 23

Changing the Vacant Unit Rebate

Update to the Vacancy Rebate from the Ministry of Finance – June 2017 VACANCY PROGRAMS Update – 06 2017 Note the deadline for Municipality to notify the Ministry of Finance […]

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Jun 22

Retail Business Holidays Act – Know Your Holidays!

With the summer season beginning, we have a lot of holidays to look forward to, and it’s important that small businesses know which nine holidays retail businesses must be closed each year, […]

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Jun 20

Safe and Fair Workplaces 2017: Small Business Outreach Initiative

This summer, more than 30 Ministry of Labour summer students will visit 10,000 small businesses across Ontario to promote awareness of employment standards and occupational health and safety laws. The […]

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Jun 14

New $10 Commemorative Note Now Available

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Bank of Canada has issued a commemorative $10 bill. The note, which was put into circulation on June 1st, 2017, highlights our […]

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Jun 12

Congratulations, Noella!

OBIAA is happy to recognize Noella Rinaldo, Timmins City Councillor and Executive Director of the Downtown Timmins BIA, who has been honoured with the Influential Community Trailblazer Award from Influential […]

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Jun 8

Construction of Meridian Place & Enhancements to Memorial Square Well Under Way

On June 1st, in partnership with the City of Barrie, the Downtown Barrie BIA began construction on Meridian Place. The plan, which is the first collaboration between the BIA and […]

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Jun 2

Province Launches New Program to Support Entrepreneurs

May 29, 2017 Ministry of Economic Development and Growth Ontario is helping aspiring entrepreneurs succeed by launching a program that offers training, mentoring and grant opportunities to start, expand or […]

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May 26

Province to Introduce Measures to Help Small Businesses and New Legislation to Cut Unnecessary Red Tape

The Ontario government’s is making it easier for small businesses to grow and prosper by introducing a number of measures, including new legislation to cut unnecessary red tape: ~ Reducing […]

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Apr 28

Ontario Minimum Wage to Increase

October 1st marks the fourth consecutive annual increase of Ontario’s minimum wage, bringing it up to $11.60. The increase is an effort by the province to boost income for workers, […]

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Apr 11

A Commemorative $10 Bank Note

Today, the Bank of Canada unveiled a commemorative $10 bank note to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Canada 150 bank note celebrates Confederation with a unique design depicting […]

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Apr 11

Statistics Canada – Business and Community Newsletter

Business and Community Newsletter, April edition Inside this edition, you will find: Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report The surge of women in the workforce Gender differences in the […]

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Apr 3

BIAs receive provincial recognition at 2017 BIA Conference

Monday, April 3, 2017 – The “Red and White Gala” was held Monday, April 3, 2017 to celebrate the best of the best.  Seven (7) BIAs and one (1) special […]

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Apr 2

Ontario BIA Association Announces Release of Return ON Investment of BIAs Report

Report establishes a baseline of the economic and social contribution of Business Improvement Areas to Ontario’s communities. Toronto, April 3, 2017 — The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the […]

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Mar 28

OBIAA & TABIA Announce the 2017 National BIA Conference

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 29, 2017 The 2017 National BIA Conference | Toronto, ON April 2-4, 2017 The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) and Toronto Association of BIAs (TABIA) welcomes the […]

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Mar 23

ACCESSIBILITY COMPLIANCE REPORTS NOW DUE

Every three years nonprofits and businesses with 20+ employees need to complete a report with the Ontario Government confirming their compliance with the AODA. For public sector organizations, this must […]

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Mar 13

OBIAA Attends 3rd PERL Deputy Ministers’ Meeting

On March 8, 2016 the OBIAA Board of Directors met with the Planning, Environment, Resources and Land Deputies Committee (PERL). The Deputy Ministers and staff from the following Ministries were […]

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Jan 31

2017 BIA Conference Delegates Receive 10% off with Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and […]

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Jan 31

Rural Economic Development (RED GRANT) Program RE-OPENS

Grant Opportunities The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has recently announced their new RED (Rural Economic Development) grant! Does your BIA want funding help with a Downtown Revitalization […]

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Jan 16

Join Festivals and Events Ontario at their Annual Conference

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Jan 16

OBIAA Delighted to provide Updated Accessibility Handbook

OBIAA is delighted to present the Accessibility Handbook for BIAs.  This document has been revised to reflect current standards and requirements of the AODA. OBIAA – AODA Handbook For BIAs-01-17

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Jan 16

Congratulations to Our Wednesday Weekly Question Winners

Please join us in congratulating Lowe’s School of Music from the Port Credit BIA for winning the iPAD Mini and the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA for winning the OBIAA 2017 […]

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Jan 13

Province of Ontario – Mini Cabinet Shuffle

January 12, 2017 Seniors, Small Businesses and Women’s Issues Among Changes to Ontario Cabinet Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes today to her cabinet that will help improve the quality of […]

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Dec 19

2017 Canada Summer Jobs

  The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open. Apply before January 20, 2017! Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides […]

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Nov 22

New Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario

A message from Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport November 22, 2016 Dear tourism partners: Today, the government’s released a new Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario. The framework […]

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Nov 21

Strategic Planning Train-the-Trainer Program

Strategic Planning Train-the-Trainer Program Learn to facilitate the strategic planning process for your organization Strategic Planning Framework This opportunity will help BIAs realize their potential, strengthen the leadership skills of […]

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Nov 15

2017 BIA Awards

Call for Awards Submissions & Entry Form April 3, 2017 – Awards Gala West Prince Hotel, Toronto, ON Ontario BIA Association The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) recognize the best that […]

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Nov 15

Ontario BIA Association Releases Return ON Investment of BIAs Background Research Report

Report places study into context through secondary research and data. Mississauga, ON – November 15, 2016.  The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement […]

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Oct 25

2017 BIA National Conference Call For Speakers-Workshops

Call for Workshops The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) is pleased to announce the 2017 BIA National Conference to be held at the Westin Prince Toronto, ON – April […]

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Oct 24

The Bottom Line on Energy Management

Understanding how and when your business uses electricity will help your business manage its energy needs and meet energy reduction targets. The IESO brochure, The Bottom Line on Energy Management: Making […]

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Oct 4

2017 NATIONAL BIA CONFERENCE – Call for Workshops and/or Speakers

2017 NATIONAL BIA CONFERENCE Call for Workshops and/or Speakers April 2 to 5, 2017 – Westin Prince Toronto The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) is pleased to announce the 2017 National BIA Conference […]

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Oct 3

Downtown Revitalization Coordinator Training

Downtown Revitalization Coordinator Training DATE: November 7 – 8, 2016 LOCATION: Carriage Hall, 25 Brock Street West, Tillsonburg, ON REGISTRATION FEE: $68.64 including HST. The fee includes lunches, refreshments, and […]

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Oct 3

Downtowns Rising – Creative Solutions to Save Downtowns

As part of the National Trust Conference in Hamilton, this workshop offers an energizing day-long exchange on creative ways to meet the challenges of regenerating Canada’s downtowns. 2-downtowns-rising-invitation Downtowns Rising: Creative Solutions […]

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Aug 9

Ontario150 Partnership Program

The Ontario150 Partnership Program will provide funding to applicants whose projects are collaborative, engage youth and demonstrate alignment with one of the Priority Areas as outlined below: Priority Areas: Successful […]

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Aug 9

Ontario150 Community Celebration Program

The Community Celebration Program is a one-time, application-based program to support communities and community organizations across the province in commemorating and celebrating Ontario’s 150th Anniversary in 2017. The Community Celebration […]

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Aug 9

ONTARIO150 COMMUNITY CAPITAL PROGRAM

Celebrate!  Participate!  Innovate! 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada and the Province of Ontario. This milestone in Ontario’s history provides a unique opportunity to strengthen our communities and celebrate the […]

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Jul 26

Ontario BIA Association Launches Study Identifying the Return on Investment of Ontario’s Business Improvement Areas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Study to establish the economic and social value of Business Improvement Areas to Ontario’s communities. Mississauga, ON – July 26, 2016.  The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association […]

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Jul 21

Ontario150 Funding Program

Along with the new Ontario Cultural Strategy, the province has recently announced a new funding program to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The program is called Ontario150 and full details can […]

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Jul 21

Ontario Culture Strategy is Out!

Ontario Culture Strategy is Out! Ontarios Cultural Strategy – 2016   The Ontario Culture Strategy was launched by Minister Eleanor McMahon at the AGO. If you missed the live-stream, you […]

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Jul 18

Changes to Accessible Customer Service Standard Take Effect July 1, 2016

What you need to know There are changes to the accessible customer service standard and Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation that will affect you and your members.  Please share this information […]

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Jul 7

Canada 150

July 6, 2016 In a little less than 12 months, our country will come together in celebration, as we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I am excited to announce […]

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Jul 7

Province Increasing Minimum Wage on October 1

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Remains the Highest in Canada Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on October 1, 2016 – keeping Ontario’s wage the highest of […]

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Jul 7

Changes to the Employment Standards Act

Effective June 10, 2016, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 contains new rules around the handling of tips and other gratuities in the workplace. https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/00e41?_ga=1.108940033.2082547218.1465568647 The Ministry of Labour issued a […]

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Jul 4

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OBIAA Releases its 2016 Summer Newsletter

The OBIAA_NEWSLETTER_SUMMER-2016 features, some of the following: 2016 BIA Conference PERL Deputy Ministers’ Committee Return on Investment 2016 OBIAA Award Winners Toronto Waterfront BIA wins IDA award for their Ambassador […]

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Jun 21

2015 National BIA Conference

OBIAA Communications Committee Releases a “Value of BIAs” Presentation

The OBIAA Communications Committee created this presentation to help our BIAs communicate with your members, municipality and other stakeholders the value of the work you do.  This presentation can be […]

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Jun 17

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Tourism Oriented Destination Signs

In 2013, OBIAA attending the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth’s (2016, formerly MEDEI) Open For Business Program, where OBIAA presented 5 priorities that the Province was tasked with resolving. […]

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Jun 16

Foodland Ontario Event Partnership Funding – RE-OPENED

The Foodland Ontario Event Partnership Funding has RE-OPENED! Your OMAFRA Rep can help you, here is the Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisors Map – REDB advisor map Jan 2016 […]

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Jun 16

Premier Wynn Announces Cabinet Shuffle

Premier Wynn announced a Cabinet Shuffle on June 13, 2016. Here is a list of the new Cabinet – https://news.ontario.ca/cabinet/en For your convenience here is a printable list. 06 13 16 […]

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Jun 16

Culture Days

Culture Days – September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016 – Here is how your BIA can be involved

Culture Days Culture Days is the largest annual celebration and participation initiative undertaken by the arts and cultural community in Canadian History. In 2015, over 2 million Canadians participated in […]

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May 14

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OBIAA: Accessibility Smart Businesses – Social Media Campaign – May 2016

OBIAA invites its members to participate in a week-long, province-wide social media campaign on accessibility (May 30-June 6) The Ontario marketplace is becoming more diverse and businesses need to reflect […]

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Apr 22

HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

ONTARIO BIA ASSOCIATION (OBIAA) HELPS BIAs LEARN ABOUT HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

MISSISSAUGA – April 25, 2016 – The Ontario BIA Association is leading the charge on making Ontario communities more inclusive of people with disabilities. With a second project from the Ontario […]

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Apr 18

60,000 Voices Speak at the 2016 BIA ConferenceLondon, Ontario

April 18, 2016 LONDON, ON The 2016 Ontario Business Improvement Area Association’s National Conference ‘Constructing Our Futures’  was hosted this year in London, Ontario. The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association […]

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Apr 15

MEDIA RELEASE – Constructing Our Futures AWARDS WINNERS – 04 11 2016

This year, over 250 attendees came together to build a better future for BIAs. The theme, Constructing Our Futures, was evident in all aspects of this year’s Awards Dinner. The […]

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Apr 7

Welcome Delegates and Trade Show Participants of the 2016 National BIA Conference in London, ON

LONDON – April 7, 2016 – The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA), and the London BIA, our many sponsors and exhibitors invite you to join us for the BIA Conference […]

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Jan 30

Accessibility Smart Business OBIAA

Accessibility Smart Businesses – Community of Practices Teleconference(s)

A number of BIAs in Ontario are recognizing the importance of increasing the accessibility of their communities, their own office processes and procedures, and the assistance they give to their […]

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Jan 19

OBIAA’s HELPING BIAs MAKE THEIR WEBSITE ACCESSIBLE – Media Release

The Ontario Business Improvement Areas Association (OBIAA) continues to champion Accessibility, OBIAA members are now eligible for a discounted add-on to your websites, through Browse Aloud. Browsealoud is an innovative […]

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Jan 11

Ontario BIA Association releases the “BIA Handbook on the AODA”

Ontario BIA Association releases the OBIAA – AODA Handbook For BIAs, a central guide to accessibility and the AODA for BIA Staff. MISSISSAUGA – January 11, 2016 – The Ontario BIA […]

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Oct 22

OBIAA’s VOICE HEARD AT GOVERNMENT ROUNDTABLE

MEDIA RELEASE – October 16, 2015 OBIAA’s VOICE HEARD AT GOVERNMENT ROUNDTABLE The Ontario Business Improvement Areas Association (OBIAA) presented recommendations from Business Improvement Associations, their members and their Municipalities […]

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Oct 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ACCESSIBILITY SMART BUSINESSES

Monday, October 5, 2015   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE – Toronto, ON OBIAA and the Ontario Government Accessibility Smart Businesses Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the Government […]

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Sep 8

2016 National BIA Conference

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Aug 28

Call For Workshop/Speakers for 2016 Conference

Apply Now to be a Speaker or present a Workshop at the National BIA Conference in London, ON April 10 to 13, 2016. Call for Workshops The Ontario Business Improvement […]

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Aug 18

Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice – Tilbury, ON

TELLING YOUR STORY COMMUNICATING YOUR DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION Date: Tuesday, September 29, 9 am to 4:15 pm Location: Knights of Columbus Hall 20 Dupuis St, Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0 Registration Form […]

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Jul 31

GoON EnAbling Change Program

OBIAA – New EnAbling Change Project Announcement

OBIAA is delighted to announce that it has received funding from the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program to work with BIAs and their business members to identify and remove […]

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Jul 28

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MEDIA RELEASE – OBIAA ADVOCATES FOR TOURISM SIGNAGE (TODS) FOR BIAs

The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) Board of Directors met with the Government of Ontario’s Open For Business Roundtable on Wednesday January 15th 2014 at the Ontario Investment and […]

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Jul 9

TELL OBIAA YOUR STORIES

Does your BIA have vacancies that are causing concern?  Does your BIA have stories about property assessment? MPAC? How is your BIA and businesses working with your Municipality to create a […]

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Jul 9

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE LEGISLATIVE REVIEW!

Each Ontario Business Improvement Area (BIA) is under the Municipal Act of Ontario, Section 204 and the Province has announced a review of the Municipal Act over this summer, with […]

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Apr 28

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MEDIA RELEASE – 2015 OBIAA BIA Awards

2015 NATIONAL BIA CONFERENCE: BIAs, The Heart Of Our Community This year, over 250 attendees brought HEART to the Awards portion of the 2015 National BIA Conference. Supporting and recognizing the […]

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Apr 14

2015 National BIA Conference

News Release – 2015 NATIONAL BIA CONFERENCE

BIAs, The Heart Of Our Community The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel will host the 2015 National BIA Conference in Toronto’s beautiful Waterfront area – April 19 to 21, 2015. In […]

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Mar 30

Join the OBIAA Board

OBIAA Board Nomination Form

Join the OBIAA Board Team.  For more information or questions email info@obiaa.com Board Nomination Form

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Mar 23

International Downtown Association

OBIAA + IDA Joint Membership Discount

OBIAA Member? Join IDA and Save! The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the International Downtown Association (IDA) are pleased to announce that we have joined forces to create […]

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Mar 16

OBIAA BOARD LAUNCHES ONTARIO’S ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ PUBLICATION

The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) Board of Directors met with the Government of Ontario’s Open For Business Roundtable on Wednesday January 15th 2014 at the Ontario Investment and […]

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Oct 24

Go ON: Building Accessible Communities

Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the Province of Ontario are announcing their collaboration to build accessible communities within the 200+ member business improvement areas (BIAs) of Ontario. Funding […]

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Oct 1

Shop the Neighbourhood

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May 10

Awards 2014

2014 BIA AWARDS – MEDIA RELEASE The Annual BIA Awards were held during the 2014 BIA Conference in Hamilton on April 28, 2014. Congratulations to the 2014 Recipients Alex Ling- […]

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Sep 24

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

2015 AGM – Monday, April 20 at 4:30 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto 2014 AGM – Monday, April 28 at 4:30pm at the Hamilton Convention Centre 2013 AGM […]

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