Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed November 12 as Business Improvement Area (BIA) Day in Ottawa to highlight the work that these associations do to support Ottawa’s small businesses. During the challenges of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to recognize their contributions to Ottawa’s economy and to our community.
A BIA is an association of commercial property owners and tenants who work with the City to create thriving, competitive and safe areas that attract shoppers, diners, visitors and new businesses. The Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas (OCOBIA) which is the 19 BIAs in Ottawa, including The Heart of Orléans BIA collectively represent more than 6,400 businesses who employ 120,000 people.
The BIAs provide valuable programs and services to support the growth of Ottawa’s business community. In 2019, BIA members contributed approximately $7.3 million within their respective districts towards beautification, promotion, cleanliness and safety, in order to improve the visitor and resident experience and enhance business growth.
“Ottawa’s BIAs are a significant voice for our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. I encourage all Ottawa residents to support Main Street businesses and our small business community, especially during these difficult times.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa