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Ontario Business Improvement Area Association

The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) is a network representing and supporting BIAs across Ontario. We encourage and guide BIAs to increase their effectiveness, contribution to the economic, cultural and social well-being of communities.

OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, training, resources and best practices.


The Digital Main Street Digital Transformation Grant program successfully provided over 3,800 main street small businesses with a $2,500 grant to support their digital expansion through the purchase and adoption of digital tools and technologies.

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Read OBIAA’s latest progress report, A Hand Up for Small Business, celebrating Small Business Week 2020 and looking at the impact of the Digital Main Street (DMS) Ontario extension in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Click to learn more.

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Le programme de la Subvention pour l’optimisation en matière de numérique a maintenant accordé des subventions de 2 500 $ à plus de 3 800 petites entreprises situées sur des rues principales pour soutenir leur optimisation numérique grâce à l’achat et à l’adoption d’outils et de technologies numériques.

Return on Investment of BIAs

The Return ON Investment of BIAs Study will identify the common success factors needed by BIAs, industry and government to assess the contribution of BIAs to their communities.


The Accessibility Smart Businesses Project aims to identify and remove barriers to employment for persons with disabilities in communities across Ontario.

Goverment Relations

OBIAA meets annually with the Planning, Environment, Resources and Land (PERL) Provincial Deputy Ministries and Assistant Deputy Ministers encouraging understanding and recognition of the paradigms facing ‘Main Street’ Ontario.

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We're making our webinars more accessible!Starting next week, many of the #digitalmainstreet webinars will have two Sign Language interpreters.Check out the full listing below to see which webinars will have ASL interpreters and to register!🔗 Seniors Ontario Accessibility ... See MoreSee Less
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We're making our webinars more accessible!

Starting next week, many of the #DigitalMainStreet webinars will have two Sign Language interpreters.

Check out the full listing below to see which webinars will have ASL interpreters and to register!


“The generosity and opportunity of the DMS grant has helped me gain traction as a new business owner and transform my website to ensure that it is reaching the traffic needed to build my business.”

Check out our latest #DigitalMainStreet story below!


Can visitor economy and destination management principles help reinvigorate Canada’s Main Streets post-pandemic? Building on past research, Dr. Griffin, Dr. Jamieson, and grad student Natasha Francis spoke to 47 BIA stakeholders to explore this concept!

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