On Monday, April 25, OBIAA held the 2022 BIA Awards. The theme for the gala dinner was Bright Lights, Starry Nights, to celebrate Ontario’s BIAs and their resilience over the past few years. This years’ submissions were awarded based on the BIAs’ ability to meet the judging criteria as they fall under OBIAA’s pillars: Innovations, Replications, Representation, Outcome, and Accessibility. OBIAA received an historic 40 submissions this year!

Previous awards winners have inspired communities across Ontario and shared their programs and projects

OBIAA is proud to present the recipients of the 2022 BIA Awards.

The recipients of the 2022 Awards are:

Advocacy + Policy
Belleville Downtown District BIA for their Welcoming
Streets initiative.
Business Retention, Recruitment + Expansion
Downtown Sudbury B.I.A. for their 0 Vacancy: Meanwhile Spaces program.
COVID-19 Response + Recovery
Peterborough DBIA for their COVID-19 Response & Recovery submission.
Special Events + Promotions – Small
Peterborough DBIA for their Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival.
Special Events + Promotions – Large
Downtown Niagara Falls BIA for their Downtown Niagara Falls Christmas Market submission
Kerr Village BIA for their 27th Annual Kerr Village Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Market event.
Marketing + Communications – Small
Sparks Street BIA & Mall Authority for their Sparks Gives initiative.
Marketing + Communications – Large
Downtown Barrie BIA for their Downtown Barrie BIA Rebrand & Launch.
Streetscaping + Public Realm Improvements – Small
Sparks Street BIA & Mall Authority for their Reduce, Reuse, Rehydrate initiative.
Streetscaping + Public Realm Improvements – Large
Central Huron BIA for their Back Alley Artist Extravaganza project
Downtown Bench Beamsville BIA for their Downtown Bench Alleyway submission.
Jan Hawley Memorial Pinnacle Award
Jeff MacIntyre, former Chair of the Downtown Sudbury BIA, former OBIAA Board Member, and current OBIAA Project Manager.
Alex Ling Lifetime Achievement Award
Andrew Marks, for his years of dedication to both the Downtown Timmins BIA and OBIAA.

OBIAA would like to congratulate all the recipients for 2022 and thank all those communities who submitted their work.

The 2022 BIA Conference is being held at the Marriott on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON, and the awards gala dinner was held on Monday, April 25, 2022. This conference was made possible
with special thanks to many generous sponsors and in partnership with Fallsview BIA and Niagara Economic Development.

We look forward to seeing all of you at next year’s conference in London from April 15-19, 2023.

Again, congratulations to all the recipients of the 2022 BIA Awards.


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For more information on the awards recipients and their road to success, click the link below.
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Social media: #2022BIAConference

OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association supports and
advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and
partnerships. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best
practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues.

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