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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, as well as their 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.

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2024 BIA Conference

For our delegates, attending the BIA Conference means stepping away from their busy communities to connect with other Members and Leaders in Ontario to learn and network. It means recharging and returning to their communities ready to make an impact!

Digital Main Street Ontario Grants Program 4.0!

The Digital Main Street Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program provides brick-and-mortar small businesses with a $2,500 grant to support their digital expansion through the purchase and adoption of digital tools and technologies. The DTG application portal is now closed, and the grant funds have been fully exhausted!

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Read OBIAA’s October 2023 By the Numbers brief, Digital Main Street: Advancing Digital Horizons for Small Business, highlighting the DMS Ontario Grants Program and its impact on small businesses over the past five years, and watch the 5-Year anniversary video. Click to learn more.

Bienvenue à Digital Main Street 4.0

Digital Main Street est un programme actif et progressif dont le but est d’aider les petites entreprises à adopter des outils et des technologies numériques et à embrasser le marketing, les ventes et des fonctions de soutien en ligne.

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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Did you know that BIAs are the only self-funded Local Boards of Council?All the businesses pay into what makes our main streets so charming and welcoming, and the money stays in the community!Our Main Streets and Commercial Core Communities need a new Tool.The Ontario BIA Association has been advocating for changes to the Municipal Act for many years and determined, after a comprehensive review, that changes to the Municipal Act over the years have challenged BIAs and their Municipalities to work effectively.Visit the link below to learn more about this campaign.🔗 ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us for a deep dive into leadership at the #2024biaconference with Nick Crozier, Operations Manager of Uptown Saint John BIA. Nick will discuss general operations – everything from cleaning streets to hanging banners and lights. He will also address budgeting and purchasing in this very informative session. Go from how-to to do! Register now for the #2024biaconference! 🔗 ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who attended the #digitalmainstreet workshop hosted in Markham!We are hosting more in-person workshops across the province in 2024.Find out if there is one near you! 🔗 Main StreetToronto Association of Business Improvement Areas - TABIAOntario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and TradeVictor FedeliRechie ValdezNina Tangri ... See MoreSee Less
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