Business Improvement Areas in Calgary

Calgary has 15 Business Improvement Areas (BIA). Contact information for each BIA is located below.

As stipulated in the Municipal Government Act, Business Improvement Areas are established for one or more of the following purposes:

  • improving, beautifying and maintaining property in the business improvement area;
  • developing, improving and maintaining public parking;
  • promoting the business improvement area as a business or shopping area.

Explore the BIAs through our interactive map and dashboard.

17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District

The 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District represents more than 700 businesses spanning the length of 17th Avenue SW between 2nd Street SW and 16th Street SW. From one of a kind watering holes, boutiques for the most fashionable, restaurants to satisfy every palate, and cozy cafes to get you caffeinated, there is no shortage of local businesses that are the heart and soul of our 17th Avenue community.

Website: www.17thave.ca

Contact:

Tulene Steiestol,
Executive Director
tulene@17thave.ca

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.

Contact:

Jennifer Rempel,
Executive Director

jennifer@4streetcalgary.com

Beltline BIA

Advocate, Develop, Invest, and Attract.

The Beltline business community is a safe, fun, and vibrant destination for Calgarians and tourists; it is a central hub for business, shopping, dining, arts, and community events that celebrate local diversity and talent.

Contact:

Adrian Urlacher​,
Executive Director

adrian@thebeltline.ca

Bridgeland BIA

Bridgeland is one of Calgary's most historical inner-city neighborhoods and a destination for dining, shopping, and recreation. Located across from downtown, Bridgeland is a bustling neighborhood that features restaurants, cafes, beautiful parks, community events, festivals, and local landmarks like Telus Spark, Calgary Zoo, St. Patrick’s Island Park, and Tom Campbell’s High Natural Park.

Contact:

Jacqui Sanderson,
Executive Director

ed@bridgelandcalgary.com

Calgary Downtown Association

The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) advocates for – and activates – an area with over 50 million square feet of office, hotel, retail, restaurant, entertainment, attractions, cultural and government buildings. We’re Calgary’s oldest BIA with more than 30 years’ experience and commitment to improving the daily Downtown experience for our members, their customers, residents and stakeholders. Our members join us from over 2,500 businesses within Calgary’s 120-block Downtown Core.

Contact:

Mark Garner,
Executive Director

markg@downtowncalgary.com

Chinatown BIA

Situated in the heart of Calgary, on Centre Street along the Bow River, Chinatown is the hub of Asian (especially Chinese) culture, language, education, community, and commerce. The CBIA embodies the responsibilities to promote the cultural fabric through infrastructure, appearance, and language together with Chinatown’s residents, merchants, societies and associations, and civic partners. The mission of the CBIA Board of Directors is to improve and promote businesses in this community by working together to pursue a better community.

Contact:

Brian Wong,

Executive Director

ed@calgarychinatown.com

Crescent Heights Village BIA

Crescent Heights Village BIA creates opportunities for all people to live, work, shop, eat and explore together. Located on Centre St. North between 7th and 14th Avenue, Crescent Heights Village BIA offers shopping, services, cafes and casual dining activated by a vibrant, grassroots arts scene focused on expressing the diverse language, culture, food and art that exists in our community. We celebrate diversity and its power to bring people together. We stand for a diverse and inclusive community that gathers all people to live, work, eat, play and explore together. And, we strive for vibrancy, diversity and accessibility in our businesses, public realm and programming.

Contact:

Camie Leard,
Executive Director

camie@crescentheightsvillage.ca

Greenview Industrial BIA

The Greenview Industrial Business Improvement Area has been working with businesses and community members to increase safety, promote the neighbourhood and businesses, and attract new visitors and residents since 2017. Spanning from 32 Ave NE to 41 Ave NE and Centre Street N to 6 Street NE, Greenview features over 300 dynamic businesses, a riverside pathway, and several green spaces and parks.

Contact:

Karolina Gajewska,
Executive Director

info@greenviewindustrial.com

Inglewood BIA

Inglewood is Calgary's oldest neighbourhood, having been established adjacent to Fort Calgary in 1875. The Canadian Institute of Planners placed Inglewood as number one in the Great Places Canada competition in 2014. Today, Inglewood is a street that would make the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs cheer; with its short, busy blocks, historic buildings and village feel, it is a walkable, vibrant collection of over 120 small, independent businesses. As the heart of Music Mile, Inglewood is an ever-evolving arts and culture-filled district including a concentration of live music venues and microbreweries.

Contact:

Rebecca O'Brien,
Executive Director

info@calgary-inglewood.com

International Avenue BRZ

Calgary's Culinary and Cultural district: International Avenue is a vibrant business district with a diverse ethnic composition located on 17th Avenue SE from 26th to 61st Street. 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.

Contact:

Alison Karim-McSwiney,
Executive Director

intave@shaw.ca

Kensington BRZ

Kensington is a charming, small Village in the City, a place where community and business thrive. We have over 250 shops, you can walk and enjoy lots of art or sit and people watch. We’re here waiting for you.

Contact:

Annie MacInnes,
Executive Director

kensingtonbrz@shaw.ca

Mainstreet Bowness BIA

The Mainstreet Bowness BIA 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.

Contact:

Jacqui Esler,
Executive Director

jacqui@mainstreetbowness.com

Marda Loop BIA

Currently, the Marda Loop BIA represents over 130 merchants that are the soul of Marda Loop. Our business members contribute to the annual BIA fund that allows the Marda Loop BIA 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.

Contact:

Bob van Wegen,
Executive Director

bob@visitmardaloop.com

Montgomery on the Bow BIA

Montgomery on the Bow BIA represents a business community that is diverse, energetic and growing. Located just off 16 Avenue along the Bow River, we as a BIA invite you to walk, bike or drive to visit and support our local businesses. Our business community ranges from coffee shops, wonderful restaurants and local pubs to health services, salons, home renovation and more.

Contact:

Marion Hayes,
Executive Director

montgomerybiaed@gmail.com​​

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.

Contact:

David Low,
Executive Director

david.low@victoriapark.org​​

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