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Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Cambie Village BIA and City Hall

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.

The City's role

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

The City has a continuing role with the annual funding process, monitoring BIA budgets, and acting as a liaison between the BIA and City departments.

Funding for Business Improvement Areas

Funding for the 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 2015-2016 BIA budget:

Find a Vancouver Business Improvement Area on the map

Business Improvement Areas in Vancouver

Cambie Village BIA

cambievillage.com

Managed by the Cambie Village Business Association

Contact

Rania Hatz, Executive Director
3378 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2W5

Phone: 604-710-2954

Fax: 604-876-9225

rania.hatz@gmail.com

Chinatown BIA

vancouver-chinatown.com

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

Collingwood BIA

shopcollingwood.ca

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

Commercial Drive BIA

thedrive.ca

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

Downtown Vancouver BIA

downtownvancouver.net

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

Dunbar Village BIA

dunbarvillage.ca

Managed by the Dunbar Village Business Association

Contact

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

Phone: 604-635-1836

Fax: 604-635-1856

info@dunbarvillage.ca

Fraser Street BIA

southhillbia.ca

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 BIA

gastown.org

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

Hastings Crossing BIA

hxbia.com

Managed by the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association

Contact

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

Phone: 604-219-3196

landon@hxbia.com

Hastings North BIA

eastvillagevancouver.ca

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

hastingsnorthbia@telus.net

Kerrisdale BIA

kerrisdalevillage.com

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

Kitsilano 4th Avenue BIA

shopwest4th.com

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

Marpole BIA

marpoleonline.com

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@marpoleonline.com

Mount Pleasant BIA

mountpleasantbia.com

Managed by the Mount Pleasant Commercial Improvement Society

Contact

Lynn Warwick, Executive Director
301-3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 3G7

Phone: 604-874-9816

Fax: 604-874-9316

mpbia@telus.net

Point Grey Village BIA

pointgreyvillage.com

Managed by the Point Grey Village Business Association

Contact

Aila Karpio, Executive Director
162-4438 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 4R8

Phone: 604-731-5735

info@pointgreyvillage.com

Robson Street BIA

robsonstreet.ca

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

South Granville BIA

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

Strathcona BIA

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

Victoria Drive BIA

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

West Broadway BIA

shopwestbway.com

Managed by the West Broadway Business Improvement Association

Contact

Michelle Barile, Manager
3230 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2H5

Phone: 778-384-6377

Fax: 604-738-7101

info@shopwestbway.com

West End BIA

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

Yaletown BIA

yaletowninfo.com

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

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Contact the BIA Program Coordinator

Peter Vaisbord

Phone: 604-871-6304

peter.vaisbord@vancouver.ca

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