The Organization

What is a BIA anyway?

What is the BIA, Anyway?

In a nutshell, the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a not-for-profit Board of Management, started by our business community in 2008. BIAs are a way for business districts to pool resources to promote and improve their area, and speak with one common voice. We value:

A vibrant district.

We are committed to continuous improvements to make our district more walkable and bike friendly, to keeping it clean and safe, to hosting events that you and your families can enjoy. Share our vision of developing the district in a way that attracts you, the people that make our community so vibrant.


We are committed to being a strong voice for our members and representing their interests within the community, to the City of Ottawa and other levels of government. The BIA can bring forward local questions and concerns, whether they are small or larger long-term issues.

Generating wealth.

A vision for long-term economic development has many parts. Some of these include an integrated marketing and promotions strategy, improving our streetscape and the built environment, growing sectors of our business mix such as knowledge-based businesses, and actively seeking the right new businesses.


A BIA is based on the principle of stronger, together. We are committed to helping our members connect and collaborate with each other, and get involved in the community. Combining efforts with other community organizations across shared issues is a very effective way to effect positive change. We also actively seek partnerships for larger scale projects such as improving our streetscape.

Background Information

If you’d like to learn more about the Heart of Orléans BIA and how it works, here is our BIA Backgrounder.

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