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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.

Available now!

Read OBIAA’s May 2021 progress report, Keeping Small Businesses Connected, spotlighting the success of the Digital Main Street Ontario Grants Program and some of the businesses that have not only survived, but flourished during the pandemic. Click to learn more.

Succès !

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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There’s no doubt that the pandemic has taken a toll on our businesses, our BIAs, and our communities. During our final professional development session, we will explore ways for business owners as well as BIA staff and board members to care for themselves during these difficult times. Register now! 🔗 ... See MoreSee Less
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“DMS reduced my fear of advertising through social media and my worries about how much money to spend on advertising.”

Check out our #DigitalMainStreet story featuring @YellowGazebo to learn how they evolved their digital presence!


The small businesses of #BartonVillage sustain our community. They provide jobs, food, goods, and services that benefit us all, while taking on the responsibility of the community's safety during the pandemic. Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), represent small businesses. #HamOnt

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