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A Business Improvement Areas (BIA) is a self-help program by which businesses in an area can jointly raise and administer funds to improve and promote their businesses.
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Source: The City of Calgary
Chinatown and the Calgary’s Chinese community has a rich history of contributions to the city’s ethnic diversity, entrepreneurial businesses, cultural experiences, modern innovations, rich and spicy dining, and colorful entertainment. Both local visitors and out-of-town tourists to this unique destination experience many of these opportunities. Through them, we experience economic, market and financial growth.
Over the years, especially since the Calgary 2013 Flood, Chinatown businesses have experienced stagnant, if not negative, growth while the rest of Calgary has experienced record commercial, retail and other business growth.
Surveys following the 2013 flood and during recent BRZ business engagements show that Parking (i.e. the high cost and lack of on-street parking) and Safety / Security (i.e. unsafe roads and sidewalks, lack of evening lighting, unclean sidewalks, double-parked and sidewalk parked vehicles, etc.) are the two prime reasons for visitor decline. The lack of area marketing and tourism promotion were also cited as reasons for the decline in business investors and new startups. CDBRZ sets out to change this.
The role of the Business Improvement Area is to promote economic and business development in the Chinatown District through:
The BIA is governed through BIA/BRZ Bylaws, approved by Interim Board of the Chinatown District BRZ (November 10th, 2015), which outline the composition of the Board of Directors, the Director’s nomination criteria, and the CDBIA Board election process.
The Chinatown District Business Improvement Area (CDBIA) is a partnership program to enable businesses to work together to raise funds and administer an organization that will serve to improve and promote business in this community. CDBIA is unique among other Calgary BIAs as it also intends to revitalize the distinct Asian culture and societal diversity of this community and the 100+ years of civic heritage and pride.
Building upon the successes of other Calgary BRZs (e.g. Calgary Downtown Association, Inglewood, Kensington, International Avenue, etc.), CDBRZ will engage downtown city planners, community stakeholders, business owners and future investors.
We will work with The City of Calgary to address parking, roads, transit, land use, building development, parks and riverfront infrastructure issues. We will also advocate for improved safety, security, cleanliness, attractiveness, and community behaviors. Working with tourist organizations, economic development authorities, and the art and culture community, we will market this district as a visitor and cultural destination. Most importantly, we will promote suitable development and business opportunities in the Chinatown district to new investors and business operators.
On July 1, 2016 the Province amended the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, c. M-26 to replace all references to Business Revitalization Zones with Business Improvement Areas. The former Business Revitalization Zone Regulation, AR 377/94, which expired on June 30, 2016, was replaced by the Business Improvement Area Regulation, AR 93/2016.
As a result, effective July 1, 2016 the Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) designation was changed to Business Improvement Area (BIA). Under the transitional provisions in the BIA Regulation, a BRZ established under the old legislation is deemed to be a BIA under the new legislation.
While some BIAs may continue to use the BRZ designation, or may not use either designation in their name, they operate under the BIA legislation. All references below to a Business Improvement Area include Business Revitalization Zones.
The Chinatown District Business Improvement Area (CDBIA) promotes economic and business development in Calgary’s Chinatown District through quality public infrastructure (i.e. roadways, signage, parking, lighting, etc.), public safety (i.e. clean, clear and hazard-free environments), public security (i.e. fire, police, emergency medical services, and crisis management) provided by the municipality; business promotion and retail development programs in collaboration with business ratepayers; and business, tourism and economic revitalization initiatives in conjunction with external agencies (i.e. Calgary Economic Development, Tourism Calgary, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) that benefit the community as a whole.
The CDBIA is a partnership program to enable businesses to work together to raise funds and administer an organization that will serve to improve and promote business in this community. CDBIA is unique as it also intends to revitalize the distinct Asian culture and societal diversity of this community and 100+ years of civic heritage and pride.
The CDBIA is an organization established November 10th, 2015, through Municipal Bylaw 43M2015 as approved by the City Council for The City of Calgary in accordance with Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter M-26, and the regulations established there under.
The mission of the CDBIA Board of Directors is to serve their members by developing initiatives to improve and promote businesses in this community by working together with all stakeholders concerned with the betterment of the Chinatown District community.
Board of Directors 2018-2019
Situated in the heart of Calgary, on Centre Street along the Bow River where Chinatown is the hub of culture, language, education, community, and commerce.
The Chinatown District BIA embodies the responsibilities to promote the cultural fabric through infrastructure, appearance, and language together with Chinatown’s residents, merchants, societies and associations, and civic partners.
CDBIA Office address:
#208, 328 Centre Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4X6
10am - 4pm (Tues-Sat)
Formerly Chinatown District
Business Revitalization Zone (CDBRZ)