About the BIA

What is a bia?

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial/industrial property owners and tenants within a specified district who join together with official approval of the town in a self-help program aimed at stimulating business. By creating a strong and distinct image for a neigh bourhood shopping area.

Our Mission

The Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic health and quality of life in Downtown Oakville. The BIA works to create the best possible environment in which to work, shop, live and visit.

What we do

Downtown Oakville is a dynamic shopping and cultural district. It is recognized for its outstanding retail mix, professional services and exceptional dining and is rich in history and heritage. The Downtown Oakville BIA is the home to over 400 business members. Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area (BIA) is responsible for marketing and beautification of this historic business district.

The Board Of Directors of the Downtown Oakville BIA are elected Members of the Downtown Business Community and responsible for creating the annual Business Plan to drive traffic to the area. Funds are collected from each Business Member as a percentage of the taxed assessed value of their facility. The Town Council does not contribute to this budget, directly. The Town Council acts as the “collection agency” and provides guidance and ensures good Governance for this not for Profit Association.