A Business Improvement Area or BIA represents a group of property and business owners within a defined geographic area who collectively develop, promote and protect the commercial viability of the area. A BIA is established through municipal by-law and is governed under The Municipal Act, 2001, Sub-sections 204-215.
A BIA allows local business people and property owners to join together and, with support of the municipality, organize, finance and carry out physical improvement and to promote the area as a business and shopping district. A BIA levy provides a secure source of funding for the beautification and promotional initiatives. A Board of Management that oversees the activities of the BIA is elected by the members and is approved by City Council. The Ward Councillor of the area is appointed to the Board of Management.
Business Improvement Areas in Hamilton
Discover each of Hamilton’s 13 BIAs below to learn more about their location, unique assets, and efforts in the community.
Looking for a place to shop unique stores, experience fine dining, and walk beautiful streets?
The third oldest community in Canada, Ancaster Village is home to many charming shops, delightful restaurants, spectacular wedding venues, an Inn, and beautifully maintained historic buildings. It’s unique character and charm is dominated by heritage architecture.
Along with its wonderful aesthetics, the Ancaster BIA encompasses many high-quality services, ranging from a lovely spa, hair and aesthetic experiences to a variety of medical and financial services and so much more. Its business owners are all committed to providing a unique and personalized experience. Ancaster Village is friendly to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, which often leads patrons back to shop in the Village.
In addition, on Wednesdays from June through to October, the Village hosts the Ancaster Farmers’ Market, where some of Ancaster’s best, local farmers come out to showcase and sell their wonderful produce to thousands of patrons.
Ancaster Village is proud of its thriving Arts community which includes many local arts groups, a gallery, museums and local events. We are currently working towards the creation of an Art Centre in the heart of our BIA.
The Ancaster BIA is faithful in fostering community, showing patrons a pleasant experience, and promoting the exceptional businesses within.
Come shop, dine, and explore Ancaster’s BIA today!
The Barton Village Business Improvement Area is playing an important role in developing and sustaining its business area and surrounding neighbourhood. The BIA’s efforts include the promotion of the business within the BIA through various mediums including business directories, newsletters and radio advertisements.
The BIA sponsors a number of community events and works diligently with its community partners to collectively develop and implement strategies to improve the neighbourhood.
Concession Street is the oldest commercial district on Hamilton Mountain and celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in 2007. Concession Street remains a strong commercial district with a very special touch having never lost it’s ‘Small Town’ feel, our motto is Concession Street Where Neighbours Meet.
Concession Street is not only the home of Henderson Hospital and the Juravinski Cancer Centre but offers a variety of retail, professional, and health care services. Combine this with some great eateries and spectacular view over the Niagara Escarpment the Concession Street BIA is a great destinations for anyone looking for that friendly community feel within an urban setting.
Visit Concession Street BIA where neighbours meet and become a part of our community.
Nestled in the heart of the Dundas Valley, this vibrant shopping area, defined by fine old buildings, boasts an array of merchants, whose enthusiasm and energy are second-to-none. Your choice of 18 eateries, cafes, and food establishments, are guaranteed to please every palate. Fashion shops with diverse, current selections of clothing, shoes, accessories and adventure gear, make shopping trips interesting and fun! Our cosmetic boutiques, hair salons, spas and esthetic specialists offer you everything you need to look and feel great! Should you be looking to update your home décor, we’ve got that covered too…from garden to kitchen, home accessories to quality furniture, including original art from our gallery, it’s all here for you. Cyclists, hikers, and campers are treated to the latest technologies and expertise from leaders in their field. Our summer festivals and special events are tons of fun, and the Farmers’ Market is definitely worth a visit on Thursdays from June to October.
The Downtown Hamilton BIA represents over 480 businesses and 170 property owners within an area surrounding Gore Park in the heart of Hamilton. Its members are dedicated to providing advocacy, beautification, promotion and preservation of Downtown Hamilton through successful public and private partnerships. It organizes many events and promotions to attract people to enjoy the downtown including the annual Downtown Localicious Experience, Gore Park Summer Promenade and Christmas Holidays in Gore Park.
It produces The Downtowner Magazine annually, which is circulated to over 35,000 residents and businesses in the Downtown area and features stories about life in Downtown, a full scale map of downtown location points of interest, and parking areas as well as upcoming events happening in the core. It also produces the Tourism Hamilton Award Winning Brochure, The Downtown Restaurant Guide which is a complete guide on the 1001 tastes that will please any palette.
The BIA welcomes over 24,000 employees who work in the core Monday to Friday as well as thousands of conventioneers, special event patrons, theatre goers and special guests of our fine restaurants, cafes and eateries.
Come visit International Village, one of Hamilton’s hot spots. Dine, shop and explore the arts – all celebrated with an ‘international flair’. From the Eclectic to the Elegant, Captivate your Senses in International Village.
Main Street East, King Street East and King William Street, from Mary Street to West Avenue, in Downtown Hamilton.
King Street West
The King Street West BIA is located on the western boundary of Hamilton’s downtown core. The BIA offers an eclectic mix of businesses and services to meet the needs of its local customers as well as those that are visiting Hamilton’s downtown core.
The Locke Street BIA is nestled amidst a beautiful tree lined neighbourhood just beneath the Niagara escarpment. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you explore an exciting mix of shopping and restaurants.
If you’re looking for unique home furnishings and art, fresh gardening ideas, hair and spa treatments, casual and fine dining, or health and professional services, Locke Street South BIA is the place to be.
Main West Esplanade
The Main West Esplanade is located on Main Street West, between Dundurn and Hess, in the western portion of Hamilton’s Downtown core. The BIA offers a range of services, unique boutiques and restaurants.
- Main Street Esplanade Boundary Map (PDF, 270 KB)
- Main Street West Esplanade BIA Commercial Market Analysis (PDF, 7.6 MB)
Ottawa Street reflects the soul of Hamilton. We are enjoying a revival as artists, bibliophiles, antiquers, foodies and décor enthusiasts discover our charms. The Ottawa Street BIA is in Hamilton’s east-end and is bounded by Main and Barton Streets. The Ottawa Street BIA offers a one-stop shopping experience for home decorating needs and is well known for its array of fabric stores. The BIA hosts a number of special events including an annual street festival held in September and Sew Hungry, Canada’s largest Food Truck Rally.
- Ottawa Street BIA Boundary Map (PDF, 419 KB)
- Ottawa Street Commercial Market Assessment Update 360 Collective (PDF, 4.6 MB)
The Stoney Creek BIA is located in the heart of Stoney Creek’s downtown and offers a mix of retail and services. The boundaries are King Street East in Stoney Creek from Lake Avenue to Elm Street. The BIA sponsors many annual special events including the Canada Flag Day Parade and the Santa Claus Parade.
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Waterdown Village is a vibrant, energetic, and family-friendly community made up of unique and creative business and property owners and residents. Located in the heart of Flamborough, it retains the quaint charm and ambiance of a small town while also offering the amenities, services, and conveniences of a modern-day village.
250-plus members strong, the Waterdown Business Improvement Area (WaBIA) includes the shops, restaurants, salons, spas, and professional and service providers located within the downtown core (along Dundas, Hamilton, Mill and Main Streets).
Come stroll our neighbourhood - enjoy a drink on a patio, a quiet moment at one of our cafes, or a delicious meal. Sign up for a class, get a massage, take a hike, or listen to live music. There’s lots to explore, see and do. You really can have it all in Waterdown Village.
Nestled next to one of Hamilton’s largest employers, McMaster University and McMaster Medical Centre, Westdale Village reflects the well educated, sophisticated standards of one of Canada’s finest universities. If you are looking for the latest in fashion, or the best in decorating accessories and you appreciate the knowledge of our experienced retailers then you have found a shopper’s haven in Westdale Village. The Westdale merchants have searched the world to find merchandise that is unique but affordable. For the shopper with the discerning eye for value and customer service, Westdale Village is a hidden treasure box to unlock. We also have a wide variety of restaurants to fit everyone’s budget and taste.
For information on Hamilton's business improvement areas, contact:
Business Development & BIA Officer
Phone:9 05-546-2424 ext. 2632
Email: [email protected]
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