About the BIA
Oshawa, the Place to Be.
The changes to downtown Oshawa over the past two years have spurred a new focus on Oshawa and the downtown. Recently voted the top place in Canada to find employment, there is a renewed interest in investing in our downtown. Oshawa has over $120 million being invested in the downtown. Our downtown core boasts two new fully accessible hotels, a future convention centre, the historic Genosha Hotel is currently being converted to residential units while maintaining its original glory.
Oshawa is rapidly becoming a destination location. With an emerging music culture, Oshawa has something happening every day. Both the GM Centre and The Regent Theatre host a variety of concerts and other events throughout the year. The Oshawa Music Hall, The Moustache Club, and other venues bring in a variety of local and national bands.
The BIA hosts three annual signature events: Show and Shine, Bikes on Bond and Kars on King. All of these free events are family friendly and accessible – allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy these occasions. Our downtown merchants assist with the events by supporting the Blue W, enabling anyone to come in and get water whether it be for their animals or themselves.
In recent years, a number of new events have been held in the downtown BIA.
The BIA and DurhamVeg (a local community group) have partnered to host the Hot Roots Soup festival in February. This week long event celebrates Black History Month and provides education to participants about healthy vegetarian and vegan eating.
For the past 2 years, the BIA and local eatery, Buster Rhino’s have joined forces to bring the Durham Craft Beer Fest to Downtown Oshawa. Over 1500 people attend this weekend beer festival where they sample a variety of local craft beers and delicious food from local restaurants.
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 them. This ranges from who to contact about an issue in the downtown , to working with the City on their initiatives – such as bringing the Pan Am Games and Roger’s Hometown Hockey to Oshawa. The BIA’s commitment to its members, the City and the residents of Oshawa will ensure the downtown continues to offer a positive experience for everyone.
The Downtown Oshawa BIA was first formed in 1974 to help beautify and promote the downtown. Throughout the years, we have worked with the City and other stakeholders to beautify, promote and advocate for the downtown. Represented by a Board of Management, the Downtown Oshawa BIA is designated under a municipal by-law and legislated by the province of Ontario. It is designed to be a self-help mechanism that provides the tools and resources necessary to promote and beautify Oshawa’s Downtown.
Current Board Members