Welcome to the Walkerton BIA!
As our name suggests, the Walkerton Business Improvement Area works to promote the area as a business, shopping and service destination. We also strive to improve, beautify and maintain the area within the BIA, beyond what is provided by the Municipality of Brockton. If you’re looking to start a new business or relocate your existing business, you’re going to get hooked on Walkerton!
Every business located on a commercial or industrial property within the BIA area is automatically included in our membership and contributes to the BIA budget through a special levy. We also have voluntary associate members from outside the BIA area, and Friends of the BIA whose businesses are located outside the municipality. Together we are 300+ voices strong, represented by an elected Board of Directors and supported by Brockton Council.
The BIA functions best through the co-operation of each and every business. It is our goal to help our members realize success by growing the number of people who choose to do business in Walkerton. To assist in this endeavour we host numerous special events and promotions every year, plan and execute streetscape improvement projects, and partner regularly with other groups and organizations focused on bettering our community.
We are a proud member of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association. The OBIAA represents over 60,000 local businesses across the province.
For more information about the BIA and what we have to offer, please call our office at 519-881-3413.
Benefits of Membership
The benefits of belonging to the BIA include your own webpage on this popular website, regular business promotions, funding assistance through our Facade Improvement Program (see below), business luncheons and workshops as well as social and networking events, discounted rates on advertising done through the BIA and more!
Business Improvement Areas By-Law Definition
Designation of Improvement Area
204 (1) A local municipality may designate an area as an improvement area and may establish a board of management,
(a) to oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally; and
(b) to promote the area as a business or shopping area. 2001 , c.25, s. 204 (1).