Business Improvement Areas

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

The Ancaster Heritage Village is a remarkable place to live and visit. We offer many professional services, an array of dining experiences, unique shops and the opportunity to relax at the Spa.

The boundaries of this BIA are similar to those that were established when Ancaster Police Village was created in 1793; it is the third oldest community in Ontario. Its unique character and charm is dominated by heritage architecture or architecture sympathetic to its past, yet balanced with green space and height limitations. The merchants in the village are intent on providing unique and special experiences. They believe that being pedestrian and bicycle friendly are important characteristics. The BIA has many initiatives currently underway which embellish these principals - watch for the changes.

Contact us

Jennifer Mattern, Executive Director
Phone: 289-239-7828
Email: executivedirector@shopancastervillage.com
www.shopancastervillage.com

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Find us on Facebook /AncasterBIA

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.

Contact us

Rachel Braithwaite, Executive Director
Phone: 905-540-9472
Email: info@bartonvillage.ca
www.bartonvillage.ca

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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.

Contact us

Cristina Geissler, Executive Director
Phone: 289-933-8899
Email: concessionbia@gmail.com
www.concessionstreet.ca

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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.

Contact us

Lisa Anderson, Coordinator
Phone: 289-775-1620
Email: info@downtowndundas.ca
www.downtowndundas.ca

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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.

Contact us

Kerry Jarvi, Executive Director
Phone: 905-523-1646
Email: info@downtownhamilton.org
http://downtownhamilton.org/

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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.

Contact us

Susie Braithwaite, Executive Director
Phone: 905-522-1778
Email: info@hamiltoninternationalvillage.ca
www.hamiltoninternationalvillage.ca

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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.

Contact us

Lia Hess, Chair
Phone: 905-575-7222
Email: info@kingwestbia.com
http://kingwestbia.com/

Find us on Facebook /kingstwbia

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.

Contact us

Tony Greco, Chair
Phone: 905-529-3806
Email: mistertonygreco@hotmail.com
www.lockestreetbia.com

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The Main Street 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.

Contact us

Bender Chug, Chair
Email: chair@mainwestesplanade.com
www.mainwestesplanade.com

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.

Contact us

Sandra Clarke, Administrative Coordinator/Farmers Market Manager
Phone: 905-544-5822
Email: info@shopottawastreet.ca
www.shopottawastreet.com

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The Stoney Creek BIA is located in the heart of Olde Stoney Creek and offers over 70 retail, food and service establishments. The area runs along King Street East in Stoney Creek from Lake Avenue to Rosedale Dr. The BIA sponsors many special events including the Canada Flag Day Parade, the Santa Claus Parade and Saturday’s in the Creek.

Contact us

Doug Sutherland, Executive Director
Phone: 519-716-3127
Email: smebc@hotmail.com
www.stoneycreekbia.com

Follow us on Twitter @StoneyCreekBIA

“Downtown” Waterdown located in the heart of Flamborough is proudly sprucing up its Victorian Village to entice visitors to enjoy the ambience of a small town. Waterdown Business Improvement Area (WBIA) works with the community making it a fun family place to do business.

A diverse variety of restaurants and tea rooms offer good food for your enjoyment. Gift Shops, Craft Shops, Book Shops, Art Galleries and many Pampering Services are available should you want to relax for an hour. We offer Bed & Breakfast spots as well as our local Theatre Group, located on Dundas Hwy: Closely located also to Flamborough Downs Casino, Royal Botanical Gardens and the African Lion Safari.

You will not be sorry you have chosen “Waterdown” for a day of enjoyment; we treat our “Visitors Royally”.

Contact us

Susan Pennie, Business Manager
Phone: 289-260-1261
Email: info@waterdownbia.ca
www.waterdownbia.ca

Follow us on Twitter @waterdownbia

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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.

Contact us

Chairperson
Phone: 905-526-6134
Email: info@westdalevillage.ca
www.westdalevillage.ca/welcome

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Contact us

For information on Hamilton's business improvement areas, contact:

Carlo Gorni
BIA Co-ordinator
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2632
Email: carlo.gorni@hamilton.ca