Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) are established by the municipality to oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of designated downtown areas. BIAs are also established to promote the area as a shopping or business destination.
Fees are levied by the municipality on commercial properties to maintain a business improvement area. These fees make up the majority of the BIA’s budget. The balance of the budget is derived of government and other grants awarded to take on special projects. In prior years, the BIA has received a downtown revitalization grant from the Province of Ontario which enabled significant promotions, and streetscape enhancement in our downtown. We have received grants from local funding agencies and the municipality which assist us in beautifying Picton.