What is the Port Credit BIA?
What is a Business Improvement Area?
Great question! A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a municipally approved not-for-profit business group that serves local businesses.
BIAs work to enhance the social, cultural and economic prosperity of the neighbourhood they call home, doing everything from advocacy to beautification to promotion.
Port Credit BIA
Since the Port Credit BIA formed in 1977, it has been working hard to boost the unique businesses and vibrant community within the Port Credit village boundaries. The Port Credit BIA is made up of over 400 business members, including delicious restaurants, eclectic retailers and professional services, all located steps from the beautiful waterfront.
Here’s how it all works. The Port Credit BIA is a grassroots collection at heart. Local businesses owners are elected to the Port Credit BIA Board of Directors and Committees, the bodies that manage the BIA. The Port Credit BIA also includes the City of Mississauga Councillor and a few staff members.
The people that make up the Port Credit BIA all work together to help make the neighbourhood the best it can be. Whether they’re picking up trash, planting flowers, organizing events, sponsoring local initiatives, bringing local issues to the City Councillor or promoting local businesses online, the Port Credit BIA is constantly pushing to make the Port Credit area a great place to be and do business.
Strategic Plan – Path To 2022
The Port Credit BIA set out on a community conversation about the neighbourhood’s complexity and what the BIA’s vision for the future is. Path to 2022 is the creation of this discussion. It helps the BIA to deliver a consistent approach to the future of the lively Port Credit neighbourhood.
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How do I become a Member?
Every business within the Port Credit BIA’s boundaries automatically becomes a member.
Member businesses can benefit from the BIA’s activities and initiatives in many ways. As the BIA works to make the community beautiful, organize or sponsor exciting local events as well as promote the local business community, the ambiance the BIA creates can result in more business visitors, increased awareness and increased customer retention.
Want more information about your membership? Contact us.
Port Credit Business Improvement Area Constitution
Incorporating Bill 130 Approved by the PCBIA Membership – November 2014
WHEREAS, Section 220 of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 1990, governs the formation and operation of a Business Improvement Area.
AND WHEREAS, Pursuant to City of Mississauga By-law No. 518-92, the Port Credit Business Improvement Area adopts this Constitution dated, November 5, 2014 respecting the transaction of the business affairs of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area.
History of Port Credit
The former Town of Port Credit earned a reputation for its excellent harbour, through which grain and lumber were exported. The first permanent structure to be built in the village was the Government Inn (1798-1861), once located on the east bank of the River.
The village plan was laid out in 1834. Later in the 19th century, it became known for its stonehooking trade which implied the waters of Lake Ontario, collecting stones. The St. Lawrence Starch Works (1889-1989) and the Port Credit Brick Yard (1891-1927) provided employment for many local residents.
Courtesy of The Mississauga Heritage Foundation
Board of Directors
What is the Board of Directors? The Port Credit BIA Board of Directors is made up of elected local business owners, and the area Councillor for the City of Mississauga. Their role is to manage the Port Credit BIA.
The Board of Directors, and the Committees they form, work to provide a supportive environment and positive atmosphere in Port Credit for business owners, residents and visitors, making the community an ideal place for shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as financial and professional services.