Start a BIA
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the Municipality to create thriving and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. By working collectively as a BIA, local businesses have the resource capacity (funds and people) to actively enhance the quality of life in their local neighbourhood and the Municipality as a whole.
Ontario BIAs fall under provincial legislation and are regulated under the Municipal Act, therefore they are a Corporation of the Municipality. BIAs are NOT not-for-profit corporations under the Ontario Corporations Act and should not be confused with one. A BIA has unique and specific connections with the municipality as a private-public partnership, one that supports community and economic development with funds raised solely for that work outside of the general taxpayers.
What is a BIA Video
In 2023, OBIAA released the below video.
This 10-minute video will provide your Board, Members, and Council with the basic information on Business Improvement Areas. We encourage you to share it
Step-By-Step Guide To Starting A BIA
Starting a BIA begins with communication and an expressed need.
OBIAA can help.
BIAs successfully help communities to be vital in the province of Ontario since 1970. The Municipal Act defines a step-by-step process to establish a new BIA.
- Establish the need.
- Communicate with interested parties.
- Establish a steering committee.
- Set goals and objectives.
- Preliminary budget proposal.
- Determine proposed boundaries.
- Formalize request to your municipality.
- Provide required notices.
- Pass required bylaw.
- Success! You’re now a proud founder of a BIA.