Members Area

With this new website, there are many new features available to BIA members:

  • If you have a news-worthy item you would like to broadcast, send it to us, and if possible, we'll add it to the front page news feed. Please ensure it's at least 1 paragraph long, and include 1 picture.
  • Once the business directory is live, check to ensure your business is listed and portrayed accurately. If it's not, contact us and we'll make appropriate changes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Who runs a BIA?
A. The membership of the BIA normally elects a Management Board to oversee the activities of the BIA. This Management Board needs to be approved by Council.

Q. What does it cost?
A. There are 2 ways a BIA is usually funded. One is based on assessed value of property and the other is a set levy with a minimum and maximum rate. Wingham's Steering Committee is recommending a levy range of $150 to $350 based on property assessment. This was done because it was felt that a straight assessment fee was too expensive for business owners. The levy is assessed annually to the property owner, on the property tax bill, and can be absorbed by the owner, shared with the business tenant or passed on to the business tenant.

Q. If my business isn't on the main street of a community, what's in it for me?
A. The goal of a BIA is to improve the overall business aspects of a community. It's true that the main street of a town receives a lot of notice, but that's because it's the most travelled street in most towns. A strong main street presence translates into a positive message sent to visitors and investors about what the rest of the community has to offer. A formal BIA also gives all businesses the power to vote on improvements, promotions and events for community improvement. That's a voice that's not possible without a BIA in place.

Q. What's to prevent annual levy costs from rising once the BIA is in place?
A. The rate cannot be raised without a majority vote by the BIA members. You may have heard stories of drastic rate increases in other towns, but these are either false or were voted in by their respective memberships.