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Business Improvement Areas

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a group of businesses in a defined geographical area that come together to improve and promote their businesses.

BIA roles

  • Enhance the economic development of an area through promotion and marketing.
  • Improve the physical environment of public spaces in commercial areas.
  • Develop, improve and maintain public parking.
  • Work collaboratively with The City in delivery of municipal services in their zones.
  • Advocate for policies and practices that support economic vitality in their zones.

BIA investments

  • Calgary's 12 BIA's made an initial streetscape improvement investment through a local improvement bylaw.
  • After the initial capital investment, BIA's invest annually in promotion, special events, street maintenance and improvements.

Environmental & social value

  • BIAs play a lead role in area revitalization and work with their communities on public safety and crime prevention efforts.
  • Helped create some of Calgary's best known and most loved neighbourhoods.
  • People living in and visiting Calgary identify with and value these areas as special and unique - each BIA gives Calgary a distinctive, appealing 'character'.
  • BIAs offer an international array of exotic and unusual shops, food stores, restaurants, and coffee shops.
  • BIAs collaborate with The City regarding operational issues in the community (parks, land use, urban design, redevelopment, physical improvements, public safety, maintenance, traffic, parking, etc.).
  • BIAs provide input on policies to support economic health.

Economic value of businesses in Calgary’s BIAs

  • With over 5,400 businesses represented, businesses in BIAs comprise about 20 per cent of all Calgary businesses.
  • Businesses in BIAs contribute $59 million in annual business taxes.
  • Businesses in BIAs account for over $660 million in assessed property and business value.
  • Businesses in BIAs account for 220+ city blocks of businesses.

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Additional information

To learn more about BIAs, please contact 311.

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