VANCOUVER BIAS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF COMMUNITY BUILDING
Mayor Kennedy Stewart has proclaimed April 1-7 2019 as BIA week in celebration of the 30th anniversary of BIAs. He presented an official proclamation in recognition of the invaluable contributions that BIAs, including the South Granville BIA have made in creating vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods in Vancouver.
BIAs first emerged in 1970 in Toronto with Vancouver’s first BIAs being established in 1989 in Mount Pleasant and Gastown. Vancouver’s network has now grown to 22 BIAs working in partnership across the City. This movement grew from the initial BIA in Bloor West to an international movement supporting communities throughout the world.
The SGBIA is not the first merchant association in our area. Almost ninety years ago, at a luncheon meeting at the I.O.O.F. Hall on West 8th Avenue, a “business men’s association of the merchants of South Granville” was formed. One of their first official acts was to approve street decorations for the King’s visit during the summer of 1939.
The current SGBIA was established in 1999 after a protracted battle with Translink and their desire to strip parking on both sides of Granville 24-7 to make way for the 98 B – Line bus route. The BIA won the day.
Join us in celebrating 30 years over social media with our 22 Vancouver BIAs using the hashtag #BIA30YearStrong.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 425 member businesses and property owners
- $1.05 billion in assessed commercial property value
- $10.8 million in annual commercial property taxes