About the BIA

Downtown Oshawa
The Heartbeat of the City

Downtown Oshawa is the thriving epicentre of our city. From arts & entertainment, dining and accommodations, retail and services, we are evolving into a vibrant place to live, work, play and shop. Boasting two fully accessible hotels, a convention centre, the Tribute Communities Centre, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Canadian Automotive Museum, and so much more, we offer something for everyone. We continue to see residential growth with the recent addition of 200+ units and construction of many more, already underway. Downtown Oshawa is a safe, family-friendly, economic hub of our city and we welcome you to come explore all it has to offer.

What is a BIA?

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined geographic area who join together, with official approval of the City, in a self-help program aimed at stimulating local business. The BIA works in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. There are over 300 BIAs in Ontario, representing over 60,000 local businesses. Read more about the history and role of BIA’s in this handbook written by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


Generally the BIA arises from the businesses in the area wanting to increase the positive energy and experience of the downtown. Members look to the BIA to focus on the promotion, beautification, safety on the streets, establishing awareness of events as well as liaising with the City and other community partners, which in turn establishes and animates the local community.

Our Downtown

From concerts and sporting events, to the various indoor and outdoor festivals, celebrations and family-friendly events held in our downtown streets, parks and venues, we’ve got something for everyone. Downtown Oshawa is a hub of fun and exciting activities year round!

Our Contribution

The BIA also provides a significant contribution to the Downtown by acting as an advocate for its members and by promoting new programs and changes that will assist the members. This ranges from who to contact about an issue in the downtown, working with the City on their initiatives - such as pilot projects to improve the streetscape. The commitment to its members, the City and the residents of Oshawa will ensure that downtown continues to be active, safe
and a destination of choice.

Current Board Members

Nancy Shaw


Glen Gillett

Vice Chair

Ivano Labricciosa


Matt Bowles


Andrea DeSilva


Rick Kerr


Cindy Malachowski


Janette Sigua


Michael Hunter


Peter Stoett


Amanda (Nicol-)MacDonald

Executive Director