A Business Improvement Area is a geographical area that is established through municipal By-law and is governed under The Municipal Act, 2001. A BIA allows local business people and property owners to join together and, with the support of the municipality, organize, finance and carry out physical improvement and promote economic development in their district. A BIA board of management is composed of property owners and business operators, along with at least one member of council, and is set up to provide certain business promotion and improvement functions.
Drill down on any of the live links within the map below to see more about our worthy Hamilton BIA network of businesses and professional services too that all help make Hamilton a vibrant community!
The Business Improvement Area has two-fold mandate:
- To improve, beautify and maintain public lands and buildings within the BIA, beyond that which is provided by the municipality at large and
- To promote the area as a business and shopping area.
Establishing a BIA creates benefits such as improved atmosphere and ambiance. The beneficiaries are not just local retail merchants, theatres, banks and professional offices, but include a variety of other benefits. Increased values for property owners, secure source of funding for upgrades, increased community interest, improved communication between business and municipal council, and cost savings through improved allocation of finding & promotional activities.
- Take a tour of the 13 BIAs here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Rn4n5JAv0
Co-ordinator of BIAs
Urban Renewal Section
Economic Development Division
Planning and Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton