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Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are specially funded business districts. The districts are managed by non-profit groups of property owners and business tenants whose goal is to promote and improve their business district. Vancouver has 22 BIAs.

BIAs are active in their communities, promoting business, tourism, safety, and street beautification.

Our role

We help local business groups to form BIAs. Once a BIA is formed, it is managed by a volunteer board elected by property owners and tenants within its boundary.

We are involved with the annual funding process, monitor BIA budgets, and act as a liaison between the BIA and City departments.

Funding for BIAs

Funding for BIAs comes from a special property tax. Each commercial property within the boundary is taxed in proportion to its total taxable value. This means that if a property owner owns one percent of the total taxable value, their share will be one percent of the BIA budget. In most lease agreements, property owners pass this cost on to the business tenants.

BIA funds are used to hire staff and run BIA activities.

Council reports related to budgets for business improvement areas

View the Council report detailing the 2018-2019 BIA budget:

Help for small businesses: starting up, relocating, and renovating 

Together with BIAs, we created the Commercial Renovation Centre to help small businesses work their way through our zoning and development permit process when considering renovations, relocation, or starting a new business in Vancouver.

Learn more about the Commercial Renovation Centre

BIA map

BIA directory

cambievillage.ca External website

Managed by the Cambie Village Business Association

Contact

Rania Hatz, Executive Director
378 – 3381 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R3

Phone: 604-710-2954

Fax: 604-876-9225

cambievillageinfo@gmail.com

vancouver-chinatown.com External website

Managed by the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society

Contact

Albert Fok, President
106 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1X4

Phone: 604-632-3808

Fax: 604-632-3809

vcbia@vancouver-chinatown.com

shopcollingwood.ca External website

Managed by the Collingwood Business Improvement Association

Contact

Angela Evans, BIA Coordinator
300-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, V5R 5W2

Phone: 604-639-4403

Fax: 604-435-8181

info@shopcollingwood.ca

thedrive.ca External website

Managed by the Commercial Drive Business Society

Contact

Nick Pogor, Executive Director
4-1726 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5N 4A3

Phone: 604-251-2884

Fax: 604-251-2899

executivedirector@thedrive.ca

downtownvancouver.net External website

Managed by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association

Contact

Charles Gauthier, President and CEO
325-1130 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4A4

Phone: 604-685-7811

Fax: 604-685-7812

charles@downtownvancouver.net

dunbarvillage.ca External website

Managed by the Dunbar Village Business Association

Contact

Lisa Clement, Executive Director
PO Box 45072, 4326 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BC, V6S 2M8

Phone: 604-789-6612

Fax: 604-635-1856

info@dunbarvillage.ca

southhillbia.ca External website

Managed by the South Hill (Fraser Street) Business Association

Contact

Susan Lilholt, Executive Director
465-6362 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5W 0A1

Phone: 778-385-7242

Fax: 604-326-6861

info@southhillbia.ca

gastown.org External website

Managed by the Gastown Business Improvement Society

Contact

Leanore Sali, Executive Director
210 - 318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2V2

Phone: 604-683-5650

Fax: 604-683-4118

info@gastown.org

hxbia.com External website

Managed by the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association

Contact

Brennan Fitzgerald, Executive Director
P.O. Box 88188, 418 Main Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 4A5

Phone: 604-789-2186

bfitzgerald@hxbia.com​

eastvillagevancouver.ca External website

Managed by the Hastings North Business Improvement Association

Contact

Patricia Barnes, Executive Director
2620 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1Z6

Phone: 604-215-2401

Fax: 604-216-0991

info@eastvillagevancouver.ca

kerrisdalevillage.com External website

Managed by the Kerrisdale Business Association

Contact

Terri Clark, Coordinator
Kerrisdale PO Box 18068, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4L3

Phone: 604-266-9875

webmaster@kerrisdalevillage.com

shopwest4th.com External website

Managed by the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Association

Contact

Jane McFadden, Executive Director
202-1857 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1M4

Phone: 604-617-9070

exec.dir@shopwest4th.com

marpoleonline.com External website

Managed by the Marpole Business Association

Contact:

Claudia Laroye, Executive Director
201-8623 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6P 5A2

Phone: 604-418-8232

Fax: 604-677-2750

marpolebia@marpolevillage.ca

mountpleasantbia.com External website

Managed by the Mount Pleasant Commercial Improvement Society

Contact:

Neil Wyles, Executive Director
301-3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 3G7

Phone: 604-874-9816

Fax: 604-874-9316

admin@mpbia.ca

pointgreyvillage.com External website

Managed by the Point Grey Village Business Association

Contact

Aila Karpio, Executive Director
#300 - 1275 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1A6

Phone: 604-731-5735

info@pointgreyvillage.com

robsonstreet.ca  External website

Managed by the Robson Street Business Association

Contact

Teri Smith, Executive Director
412-1155 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1B5

Phone: 604-669-8132

Fax: 604-669-0181

info@robsonstreet.ca

southgranville.org 

Managed by the South Granville Business Improvement Association

Contact

Sharon Townsend, Executive Director
210-1501 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4Z6

Phone: 604-734-3195

Fax: 888-734-3195

info@southgranville.org

strathconabia.com 

Managed by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association

Contact

Joji Kumagai, Executive Director
1222 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1S6

Phone: 604-258-2727

Fax: 604-258-2723

info@strathconabia.com

victoriadrivebia.com 

Managed by the Victoria Drive Business Improvement Association

Contact

Monique Koningstein, Program Director
Suite #2-5608 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5P 3W4

Phone: 604-323-2301

prog.director@telus.net

www.kitsonbroadway.com 

Managed by the West Broadway Business Improvement Association

Contact

Michelle Barile, Manager
238 - 2912 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6K 0E9

Phone: 778-384-6377

Fax: 604-738-7101

info@kitsonbroadway.com

westendbia.com

Managed by the Davie Village Business Improvement Association

Contact

Stephen Regan, Executive Director
411-1033 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1M7

Phone: 604-696-0144

Fax: 604-669-3323

s.regan@westendbia.com

yaletowninfo.com External website

Managed by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association

Contact

Annette O'Shea, Executive Director
202-1290 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2Y5

Phone: 604-683-7473

Fax: 604-683-7483

execdir@yaletowninfo.com

How to start a BIA

Start a BIA

Find information on how to start a Business Improvement Area (BIA) in your neighbourhood.

Grants and awards for BIAs

Grants and awards

View information on grants and funding for arts and culture, strong communities, and sustainability.

Contact us

Peter Vaisbord
BIA Program Coordinator

604-871-6304

peter.vaisbord@vancouver.ca

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