Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Illustration of businesses - 33 years of vibrant neighbourhoodsBusiness 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
  • Street beautification

Vancouver BIA partnership

The BIA partnership is the collective representing all of Vancouver's BIAs. 

Resources:

City 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.

BIZMAP Market Area Profiles

Find clear and relatable market area data to help your business and community grow.

Important information for business tenants

Commercial properties located in BIAs (Business Improvement Areas) pay a dedicated property tax levy that is then paid to the local Business Improvement Association to fund business promotion, beautification, safety, and other programs contributing to the success of commercial districts and their businesses.

Landlords typically pass on the cost of the BIA levy to their business tenants. If your business is located in a BIA, you may be a member of the BIA and contributing to its funding as part of your lease payments.

Funding 

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 1% of the total taxable value, their share will be 1%t 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 2022-2023 BIA budget:

BIA map

BIA directory

Start a BIA

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

Grants and awards

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

Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia

BIABC helps BIAs across the province to create vibrant, successful business communities.

Starting or expanding a small business

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Commercial Tenant Assistance Program

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Contact us

Paul Siggers
BIA Program Coordinator

604-829-9805

paul.siggers@vancouver.ca

Engineering-related questions

Aman Chandi
BIA Engineering Liaison

604-673-8058

aman.chandi@vancouver.ca