Business Improvement Area (BIA) Associations in Ottawa
A Business Improvement Area (BIA) permits local businesses and property owners within a defined district to join together and, with the support of the municipality, organize, finance, improve and promote the area as a business and shopping district.
The Bank Street Business Improvement Area is a 15-block shopping district and community that strives to make the area cleaner, safer and more vibrant. The Bank Street BIA is leading a new spirit of cooperation among property owners, businesses and the community by providing a range of programs including maintenance, marketing, economic vitality and physical improvements.
The Barrhaven Business Improvement Area represents over 540 businesses. It was created in 2006 to help local businesses succeed by; branding and marketing Barrhaven as a premiere commercial district, providing support and assistance to local businesses, sponsoring local events, and advocating for smart local growth and development.
The Bells Corners Business Improvement Area mission is to champion the business success of their members by promoting Bells Corners as a vibrant and healthy commercial, retail, residential and entertainment district and attracting more people to live, shop, work and gather. The volunteer BIA Board of Directors is united under a common vision: to ensure that the Bells Corners community grows, prospers and succeeds as a vibrant, positive area.
The ByWard Market Business Improvement Area supports and promotes the health and vitality of the ByWard Market as a unique business district and meeting place for residents and visitors. The ByWard Market is characterized by a wide variety of owner-operated businesses and a farmers’ market that make the Market rich in heritage, activity and animation.
Carp Road Corridor
The Carp Road Corridor Business Improvement Area is one of Ottawa’s largest light industry business park. The BIA works with over 370 business and property owner members to improve business opportunities and attract new business members to the area.
The Carp Village Business Improvement Area promotes an environment that supports innovation and growth for Carp-based businesses.
Jennifer Stewart, Chair
The Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area positions the district as a high street destination for shopping, dining and culture under the brand “Ottawa’s Fashion, Arts & Theatre District”. The BIA manages a number of programs and promotions to support its brand and represents its member’s interests through advocacy and outreach.
The Glebe Business Improvement Area’s mission is to help the Glebe thrive. The BIA represents 370 businesses and works hard to champion the neighbourhood, support its distinctive businesses and position the Glebe as a place to live, shop, visit and do business.
Heart of Orléans
The Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area represents over 350 businesses in the St-Joseph Boulevard district in Orleans. The BIA supports economic development by advocating on behalf of their members, promoting the area as a business district, and making streetscape improvements.
The Kanata Central Business Improvement Area represents and advocates for the companies located in Commons, Centrum & Signature Centre.
The Kanata North Business Association is committed to representing and advocating for the over 500 member companies located in the area. As part of Ottawa’s economic development future and a renowned hub of technology and innovation, the Kanata North business area is a robust and vital region committed to fostering even greater success for its constituent companies.
The Manotick Business Improvement Area promotes the village of Manotick as a shopping, dining and historical destination to attract customers, commercial tenants and visitors.
The Preston Street Business Improvement Area is very active in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant communities. Their mandate is to improve, promote and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial main street or business district.
The Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area is a not-for-profit organization representing over 466 property and business owners across 3 main streets: Beechwood Avenue, Montréal Road and McArthur Avenue. Their mission is to represent, enhance and promote a prosperous business area along these diverse, vibrant and historic main streets.
Somerset Street Chinatown
The Somerset Street Chinatown Business Improvement Area spans 8 city blocks on Somerset Street West from Bay Street to Preston Street. Members of the BIA consist of more than 120 property owners and business owners in the area.
The primary goal of the Somerset Village Business Improvement Area is to maintain and enhance the Somerset Village streetscape so customers of local businesses and restaurants will have an enjoyable and unique neighbourhood experience.
Derek Crain, Chair
The Sparks Street Business Improvement Area is proud to be one of the most vibrant commercial districts in Ottawa. Sparks Street BIA business and property owners have joined together to improve, promote and undertake projects that create a stronger and more competitive commercial district.
The Wellington West Business Improvement Area is a not-for-profit local board that exists to support and strengthen the local business environment along the whole length of Wellington Street West, and in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Hintonburg and Wellington Village.
Westboro Village is one of Ottawa’s unique and diverse neighbourhoods. You will enjoy tree-lined streets, shop in one-of-a-kind boutiques and popular stores, spend time in welcoming outdoor spaces, dine at Ottawa’s trendiest spots and enjoy the natural beauty of Westboro Beach and the scenic views of Gatineau Hills.
To request further details of BIAs, please contact:
Economic Development Officer
613-580-2424, ext. 22441