Welcome to Meaford. We are so glad you’re here.
The heartbeat of our lovely town is the heritage strip filled with restaurants, coffee shops, specialty retailers, and services to meet the needs of our community and visitors alike. From there you can easily connect to our spectacular harbour, walking trails, and beaches within minutes.
Urban Meaford is home to fabulous attractions like Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre, the newly built Meaford Public Library, Meaford Harbour, Beautiful Joe Park, and the Trout Hollow Trail. Many small businesses call our downtown home, and we are quickly growing to accommodate the changing needs of our population.
Drop by and take a walk through our charming town on the shores of the beautiful Georgian Bay.
The Meaford Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of business and commercial property owners in Meaford’s downtown core.
Our mission is to support the continued revitalization of downtown Meaford through the dynamization of our downtown resources, working with the municipality to improve the functionality of downtown and our continued commitment to local business support and growth.
The Meaford BIA was established in 1978 and is one of hundreds of BIAs in Ontario. We meet the third Wednesday of every month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. For more information on past and future meetings, click here.
What is a BIA?
A BIA is a “made-in-Ontario” innovation that allows local business people and commercial property owners and tenants to join together and, with the support of the municipality, to organize, finance, and carry out physical improvements and promote economic development in their district.
Traditionally, a BIA is a body established by a municipality using the specific business improvement area provisions in the Municipal Act, 2001.
The services and activities of BIAs are a reflection of the specific needs identified by the local business community. Typically, a BIA will build the competitiveness and vitality of a district by:
- Promoting the area as a business or shopping area destination through special events.
- Supporting projects that attract jobs and investment to business districts and utilizing municipal and provincial grants and incentive programs (e.g. Downtown Revitalization Program, First Impression Community Exchange Program, Facade and Improvement Grants)
- Overseeing the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally
- Maintaining business improvement area-initiated streetscaping and capital assets within the business improvement area
- Undertaking strategic planning necessary to address business improvement area issues
- Advocating on behalf of the interests of the business improvement area
Benefits of having a BIA
Ensure a stable and predictable resource base to fund
supplemental services and programs
Help to maintain and increase property values
Give our business district a distinct identity and making it more
competitive with surrounding retail and business centres
Megan Fisher (Vice-Chair)
Councillor Tony Bell