How BIAs Help Community Businesses
Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) started in the Toronto area in the 1970s. They have proven to be a great means of delegating control of local initiatives to the neighbourhoods that benefit directly from their implementation.
The City assists business districts by helping property owners and merchants to form BIAs; by helping with renewals and expansions; and by facilitating the annual BIA funding process. BIAs provide a way for property owners and businesses to join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of their business district. The City collects a BIA levy from all commercial properties in the area, and forwards the entire amount to the BIA to fund business improvement initiatives. Example initiatives include beautification, such as banners, street furniture, and graffiti removal; safety and security initiatives, including security patrols and panhandling programs; and promotional activities such as advertising and special events.
Our BIA is funded by the City of Vancouver, through the BIA levy described above, on a semi-annual basis. The programs we've established to benefit the Commercial Drive BIA can be reviewed throughout this web site.
We encourage your suggestions for new initiatives and ways to improve our existing ones. Commercial Drive is the most vibrant and diverse neighbourhood in the City and we are confident that our programs will help ensure its continued vitality.
Commercial Drive is truly Vancouver's expressive edge!