Discover downtown Thorold to shop, dine, and live in a heritage area in Niagara’s canal city promoted by the Thorold Business Improvement Area; B.I.A.The purpose of our non-profit organization is to represent and support the downtown business people. The B.I.A. hopes to enhance both the development of existing business and to work cooperatively with the City’s economic development officer to attract new businesses. B.I.A. members are welcome to attend General Meetings every other month. Sign up for our emails to be sure to be kept in the loop.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Here are copies of our documents:
Garbage Bin Grant Form
Here are the minutes from our past general membership meetings. They are posted once approved by the membership.
In order to be kept in the loop as to what is going on with the board and members, it's a good idea to sign up for our emails. We send out meeting reminders, invitations to participate in BIA events and items for approval by members.
These emails are the PRIMARY METHOD of correspondence between the board and the members.
The marketing committee is working on securing a marketing strategy for the BIA to use during the downtown construction in 2020 as well as afterwards and into the future. The following are the submissions.
A meeting will be held Friday, November 29, 2019 at 8:30am at Biscotti Cafe to choose whom to award the project to.
GARBAGE or STREET CLEANER
For complaints about garbage or the street cleaner, please use the form to right.
ALL OTHER COMPLAINTS
For all other complaints please complete the form provided and follow the instructions to submit it.
HOW TO JOIN
Membership is automatic when you move into the Business Improvement Area. Membership is paid for when you pay your taxes (or rent) and all members are encouraged to participate in everything we do including our events, activities and meetings.
Our boundaries stretch from Regent Street to Clairmont Street and from Pine Street to Ormond Street not counting Pine Street North.
The map to the right is for reference.
Please check the EVENTS section for exact dates, times and locations for our general membership meetings.
We invite all B.I.A. members to join us whenever they can. If you cannot attend, please ensure you are on the email contact list to receive meeting minutes, so you know what you may have missed. We encourage all members to stay current on downtown happenings.
If you would like to request to be a delegation or have a presentation for a meeting, pleasecontact the Coordinator well in advance and submit an outline about what you wish to discuss. The board will then have time to review the week before the general meeting at the board meeting. Presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes in length. Also, if you have Other Business to include in the agenda please notify in advance.
We appreciate your continuing input, involvement and support to make our downtown be the best it can be. You can take part by promoting your business, our downtown, by volunteering in the community and helping with BIA events.
The Facade Improvement Grant Program is intended to assist and encourage commercial owners / tenants to improve and / or restore building facades only within the Downtown Thorold area.
By providing financial incentives to property owners / tenants, the program seeks to stimulate private sector investment in the revitalization of existing commercial building facades in the Downtown Thorold area. While explicitly focussing on facade improvements to the building elevations, it also encourages owners / tenants to perform other non-funded improvements such as structural and weather / waterproofing repairs that may be required to maintain overall building integrity.
For a detailed brochure, and to fill out an online application, click here. For further information about this program, please contact: City of Thorold, Planning and Building Services, 905-227-6613 ext. 248, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Look for more information on opportunities with the Thorold B.I.A. including grants and offers that the BIA provides such as a video surveillance camera grant and high school bursary, among other benefits for member merchants.
We want your business in Thorold. Consider Thorold business opportunities.
We are looking for unique businesses and shops to locate in our historic downtown!
If you are interested in retail opportunities, or have questions about opening a business in the downtown core of the City of Thorold, we encourage you to contact the B.I.A. or City Hall.
Downtown Thorold is the perfect place to position the business you have always dreamed of. You may also want to visit the City of Thorold and Thorold Tourism websites to gather more information and become more familiar with our city.
Thorold is located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, close to the US border, Wine Country, Niagara-on–the-Lake and Niagara Falls. We have a growing population of 19,000
Please be advised that B.I.A. businesses are responsible for their own snow and ice removal.
The City will clear the alleyway and stairs to the Towpath parking lot.
LARGE GARBAGE ITEMS
Please adhere to disposal regulations. Tenants and landlords must dispose of large items at landfill sites, or by calling private removal companies like “just junk”. Business owners and operators may call the Niagara Regional Waste Information line at 905-356-4141 between the hours of 8:00-4:30 Mon-Fri. Waste removal is a ‘regional’ matter, and they will handle your concerns. If you have large items lying around that do not belong to you, the region will send out a regional by-law officer to resolve the issue in a timely manner. Commercial establishments and mixed use buildings do not currently qualify for the call-in curb side collection of large household items and appliances.
Parking on the street is intended for patrons only, and enforced by city by-law officials.
Members and employees are to park in any of multiple parking lots available throughout the BIA to keep the street parking free for visitors.