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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.

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We’re now accepting applications for the new Digital Transformation and Digital Service Squad Grant programs. Click to learn more.

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Read OBIAA’s 2020 Progress Report "Building Resilience for Small Business" and watch the video to see how Digital Main Street has helped over 15,000 businesses cope with today and prepare for tomorrow. Click learn more.

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Nous acceptons maintenant les demandes de subvention pour l’optimisation en matière numérique et pour la mise sur pied d’équipes de soutien personnalisé. Cliquez ici pour en savoir plus.

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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  • 115 Cities

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Happy 50th Anniversary to all BIAs! 🎉Today is the day 50 years ago the Business Improvement Area (BIA) legislation was enacted and became Section 204-217 of the Municipal Act. Bloor West Village became the pioneer of the BIA concept and was designated as the first BIA on September 16, 1970. Celebrating #BIAweek and #50yearsforward of BIAs we the #downtownbench #Beamsville BIA are proud to stand with over 300 BIAs in Ontario. The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of our community daily making the Town of Lincoln stronger, safer, vibrant, and healthy. Bdowntown. Happy Anniversary BIAs! OBIAA (Ontario BIA Association)
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Congratulations to The Town of Halton Hills on receiving a $12,500 #DigitalMainStreet Grant and launching their Digital Service Squad!

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Discover the fundamentals of Google Analytics in this FREE #DigitalMainStreet webinar!

You will learn how to measure your website's performance through data and insights which will improve your business marketing.

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Today, our city’s local main street businesses are celebrating a big milestone.

Sept. 16 marks the 50th anniversary of Canada’s first Business Improvement Area (BIA) – groups of businesses working together to promote economic vitality. #SupportLocalYYC

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