Member Information


It is the goal of the Thorold Business Improvement Area ( B.I.A. ) to continue to revitalize, improve, beautify, maintain and promote the downtown of Thorold as a whole. We will work diligently to keep it a clean, safe and attractive business and shopping destination for local residents and visitors. 


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 second Tuesday of each month  from 8-9am at the Thorold Community Credit Union unless otherwise informed by email. Sign up for our emails to be sure to be kept in the loop.

Facade Programs


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:


Membership Information


General Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month 8-9 a.m. at Thorold Community Credit Union on Sullivan Avenue at Front St.

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.

We also encourage businesses to enhance the downtown by making cosmetic changes and adding heritage touches to their front facade. Facade Improvement Grants are available for interested merchants (see below).

Important issues for Members:

Winter Sidewalks: Please be advised that B.I.A. businesses are responsible for their own snow and ice removal.

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.

Sidewalk Maintenance: Our Cleaner works Monday and Friday 7-12 am, 1-2 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7-11 am and 1-2 pm. He does not work weekends. Responsibilities include the removal of small garbage items on municipal property within the BIA. Cigarette remnants should be the disposed of properly by individual businesses. Animal and yard waste are not the responsibility of the Cleaner.

Street Parking: Parking on the street is intended for patrons, and enforced by city by-law officials.




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




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Thorold Business Improvement Area Association.

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