The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), since 2001, acts as an important resource for education, partnership and collaboration to each BIA across the province. OBIAA recognizes the power of networking, the strength in numbers and the value of sharing common concerns and finding resolutions specific to our individual communities.
OBIAA, through membership, represents, supports and encourages business improvement areas to increase their effectiveness and their contribution to the economic, cultural and social well-being of communities in Ontario.
OBIAA, collectively, represents more than 100 part-time staff, 150 full-time staff with a combined budget of over $70,000,000 that is spent keeping Ontario's communities vital. There are 20,000+ businesses that are represented within Ontario's more than 300 BIAs.
The first BIA Legislation, in the world, was created in 1970 in a partnership with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (the Government of Ontario), Bloor West Village and the City of Toronto.
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