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.

Want to learn more? Download the full document.

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.

1.1 – The Board of Management is entrusted, subject to the limitations set out herein, to the improvement, beautification and maintenance of the Municipality owned lands, buildings and structures in the business improvement area, beyond such improvement, beautification and maintenance as is provided by the City of Mississauga, and the promotion of the business improvement area as a business, commercial and shopping area. 1.2 – The geographic area compromising the Port Credit Business Improvement Area (the “Port Credit BIA”) is defined in the Corporation of the City of Mississauga By-law Number 518-92, attached as Schedule “A”. 1.3 – The Port Credit B.I.A. is the voice of the business community, designated under a special Municipal by-law and legislated by the province of Ontario. The mission of the BIA is to promote Port Credit as the foremost commercial retail and entertainment centre in Ontario.
Membership 2.1 – Members of an improvement area consist of persons who are assessed, on the last returned assessment roll, with respect to rateable property in the area that is in a prescribed business property class and tenants of such property. 2001, c, 25, s, 204 (5). Determining tenancy 2.2 – In determining whether a person is a tenant or not, the Clerk of the Municipality may accept a list provided under clause 210 (2) (b) or the declaration of a person that the person is a tenant and the determination of the Clerk is final. 2001, c, 25, s. 204 (5). One Vote 2.3 – Each member of an improvement area has one vote regardless of the number of properties that the member may own or lease in the improvement area. 2001, c. 25, s. 204 (6).
3.1 – The office of the Port Credit BIA shall be within the geographical boundaries of Port Credit or Clarke Memorial Hall 161 Lakeshore Rd. W. Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1G3. 3.2 – In the event that the Board of Management selects a new location for its head office, written notice shall be forwarded to all members at least seven (7) days prior to the date of such relocation.
Corporation 4.1 – A Board of Management is a corporation consisting of the number of Directors established by the Municipality. 2001, c. 25, s. 204 (2). Composition 4.2 – A Board of Management shall be composed of: a) One or more Directors appointed directly by the Municipality; and b) The remaining Directors selected by a vote of the membership of the improvement area and appointed by the Municipality. 2001, c. 25, s. 204 (3). 4.3 – The Executive Committee shall be elected by the Board of Management and shall consist of the Chair, the Vice Chair and the Treasurer. 4.4 – The immediate Past Chair is also a member of the Executive Committee. 4.5 – The Manager shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
5.1 – The Chair of the Board of Management shall preside at all Board meetings, be the ex-officio member of all committees, preside at all Membership meetings, exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Port Credit BIA and perform any and all duties normally incumbent of a Chair. 5.2 – During the absence or inability of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall exercise the duties and powers of the Chair. 5.3 – The Chair shall be the official spokesperson of the Board of Management in all matters relating to the activity of the Port Credit BIA with the power to delegate.
6.1 – The Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair when the Chair is absent or unable to perform his or her duties.
7.1 – The Treasurer shall supervise the keeping of the accounts of the Port Credit BIA and its banking arrangements. 7.2 – The Treasurer shall advise the Board of Management with respect to the financial report which is presented at the Annual Meeting.
8.1 – A Board of Management shall prepare a proposed budget for each fiscal year by the date and in the form required by the Municipality and shall hold one or more meetings of the members of the improvement area for discussion of the proposed budget. 2002, c. 17, Schedule A, s. 40 (1) Council to Approve 8.2 – A Board of Management shall submit the budget to Council by the date and in the form required by the Municipality and the Municipality may approve it in whole or in part but may not add expenditures to it. 2001, c. 25, s. 205 (2); 2002, c. 17, Schedule. A, s. 40 (2). Limitations 8.3 – A Board of Management shall not: a) Spend any money unless it is included in the budget approved by the Municipality or in a reserve fund established under section 417; b) Incur any indebtedness extending beyond the current year without the prior approval of the Municipality; or c) Borrow money. 2001, c. 25, s. 205 (3)
9.1 – The Board of Management shall engage a Manager under such terms and conditions it deems advisable and may delegate to this person authority to manage and direct the day-to-day business affairs of the Board of Management. The Manager shall report, on the affairs of the Board, at all regular meetings. 9.2 – A member of the Port Credit BIA may not be appointed as the Manager.
10.1 – Any amendment to this Constitution may be adopted by no less than two thirds of the members of the Board of Management. Written notice of the proposed amendment and date of such meeting shall be given to members of the Board of Management, at least two weeks prior to the meeting. The Constitution will then be presented to the general membership at the next general meeting.
11.1 – No error or omission in giving notice for a meeting shall invalidate the scheduled Board meeting.
12.1 – Upon the repeal of the by-law establishing the Board of Management, the Board ceases to exist and its undertaking, assets and liabilities shall be assumed by the City of Mississauga.

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.

Jake Pedler
Jake PedlerChair
Remax Realty Enterprises Inc. 125 Lakeshore Road East, Port Credit, Ontario, L5G 1E5
Nina Tsougios
Nina TsougiosVice-Chair
Door Fifty Five 55 Lakeshore Rd East Mississauga, ON L5G 1C9
Brenda McGarrell
Brenda McGarrellTreasurer
Brett Creative Planning 24 Front Street South, Mississauga, ON L5H 2C7
Ric Cooper
Ric CooperPast-Chair
Ric’s Recollections 257A Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5G 1H3
Steve Dasko
Steve DaskoWard 1 Councillor
Mississauga City Hall City of Mississauga 300 City Centre Drive Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
Ann Ivy Male
Ann Ivy MaleDirector
Pixie Blue Studio 299 Lakeshore Rd. East, Mississauga, ON, L5G-1H3
John Pappas
John PappasDirector
The Crooked Cue 75 Lakeshore Rd East Mississauga, ON L5G 1C9
Scott Higginson
Scott HigginsonDirector
Higginson Law 10 Front St. N. Mississauga, Ontario L5H 2C9