This year we’re excited to celebrate 34 years of BIAs in Vancouver, and local businesses that make our City a place where we love to live, work, and play!
We are inspired by the strength and resilience of local merchants and the shop local support over the past year. The collaboration between business, community and government sectors, has been invaluable to help businesses and business areas adapt and come out stronger.
Did you know there’s 22 BIAs in Vancouver alone, with over 60 all over BC? The first BIAs started in 1989 which were Gastown, Mount Pleasant and Downtown Vancouver.
Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are specially funded business districts managed by non-profit groups of property owners and business tenants whose goal is to promote and improve their business district. A BIA can make things better by enhancing and promoting the area in result making the area safer, beautiful, vibrant, and more connected.
The Vancouver BIA Partnership, representing 22 BIAs across the City, diligently advocates on behalf of small businesses and communities. We also collaborate on citywide promotional campaigns including Open with Care, Gift Big Shop Small, StockJoy, Love Your City and much more.
If you want to learn more about commercial areas and neighbourhoods in the City, check out BIZMap. It shows lots of useful stats about each vibrant neighbourhood.
A special thanks to the City of Vancouver for their partnership and support for 34 years!