Calgary has eleven Business Improvement Areas (BIA). To contact any of the Business Improvement Areas directly, consult the BIA contact information page.
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On July 1, 2016 the Province amended the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, c. M-26 to replace all references to Business Revitalization Zones with Business Improvement Areas. The former Business Revitalization Zone Regulation, AR 377/94, which expired on June 30, 2016, was replaced by the Business Improvement Area Regulation, AR 93/2016. As a result, effective July 1, 2016 the Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) designation was changed to Business Improvement Area (BIA). Under the transitional provisions in the BIA Regulation, a BRZ established under the old legislation is deemed to be a BIA under the new legislation. While some BIAs may continue to use the BRZ designation, or may not use either designation in their name, they operate under the BIA legislation. All references below to a Business Improvement Area include Business Revitalization Zones.
17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District
The 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District works hard to make 17th Avenue a dynamic, fun place to shop, relax and people watch. The area stretches along 17 Avenue from 14 Street West to 2 Street East.
4th Street South West BIA
The mission of the 4th Street South West BIA is to represent the business interests of its members and to create, promote and maintain a unique, attractive, vibrant and prosperous business area that is appreciated and supported by the local market residents and by visitors from throughout the city and beyond.
Calgary Downtown Association
The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) is a Business Revitalization Zone established under Alberta's Municipal Government Act and represents over 3,000 businesses in a 120 block area in the city centre. This area comprises over 50 million square feet of office, hotel, retail, restaurant, entertainment, attractions, cultural and government buildings.
Chinatown District BIA
The Chinatown District Business Improvement Area (CDBIA) is a partnership program to enable businesses to work together to raise funds and administer an organization that will serve to improve and promote business in this community. CDBIA is unique as it also intends to revitalize the distinct Asian culture and societal diversity of this community and 100+ years of civic heritage and pride.
Inglewood bears the distinction of being Calgary's oldest neighbourhood, having been established adjacent to Fort Calgary in 1875. The founding of the community was led by Major John Stewart, Acheson Irvine and James Macleod, including the development of 9 Ave. S.E. (formerly named Atlantic Avenue), which became the city of Calgary's first authentic main street. Today, Inglewood is a vibrant, eclectic and ever-evolving arts and culture-filled district with more than 100 shops, boutiques and eateries attracting locals and tourists alike
International Avenue BRZ
International Avenue is a vibrant business district with a diverse ethnic composition located on 17th Avenue S.E., from 26 to 61st Streets, in Calgary. There is an interesting mix of business representative of the cosmopolitan neighborhoods surrounding the Avenue. It is an area of one-stop shopping with access to a selection of restaurants and grocery stores from around the world, as well as a wide range of other retail goods and services.
Our centrally located streets are ultra pedestrian-friendly. Walk across the Louise Bridge from downtown, ride along the bike path, or use our Sunnyside LRT station and several bus stops. If you drive and park, the 'loop' layout of Kensington will take you back to your spot without missing a thing. Come breathe the air in Kensington, Calgary's Urban Village, truly Outside of the Ordinary. So much more than Cheap and Chic, with over 250 unique shops, restaurants and services, it is possible to spend a day, a night, or an entire weekend!
Mainstreet Bowness BIA
The Mainstreet Bowness BIA (Business Improvement Area) is a vibrant business district located on Bowness Rd. NW from 62nd to 65th Street in Calgary. It's an eclectic area with unique businesses offering anything from super foods, painting classes, coffee, full-suspension mountain bikes, restaurants, financial services, yoga classes, hair extensions, tech support and much more. Over 60 businesses operate within the BIA while convenient free parking is available anytime
Marda Loop BRZ
Currently, the Marda Loop Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) represents over 130 merchants that are the soul of Marda Loop. Our business members contribute to the annual BRZ fund that allows the Marda Loop BRZ to initiate several projects each year to help promote, maintain and enhance Marda Loop. Drive, walk or bike to Marda Loop and find everything you need.
Montgomery on the Bow BIA
The Montgomery Business Improvement Area (BIA) has a diverse member base of 115 members and unique in that it contains three distinct commercial areas that cater to a variety of clientele. The commercial area adjacent to Home Road and Bowness Road and the mixed-use commercial corridor along Bowness Road attracts a mixture of automobile commuters and local residents in a pedestrian oriented environment both house a variety of shops, businesses, restaurants and professional and health services. The 16th Avenue (TransCanada Highway) commercial corridor features a variety of additional businesses, retail outlets, shops, fast food outlets, motels and health and wellness professionals.
Victoria Park BIA
Victoria Park is a place to shop, to dine and to enjoy a night out. Find yourself immersed in vibrant shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy independent retailers and the unique wares they have to offer. Discover a rich heritage and the unique people that foster this energetic community