Ontario BIA Association Handbook

All members are invited to read the Ontario BIA Association handbook, which details the role of the province, the responsibilities of local boards, managing and operating a BIA and other economic development tools as well as a wealth of other information that would be of interest to anyone who belongs to a BIA.

Ontario BIA Association Accessibility Handbook

The OBIAA also makes available an AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) guide, developed and designed specifically for BIAs, that highlights essential information on the AODA, the case for accessibility, best practices and useful tips and other frequently asked questions.

Return ON Investment of BIAs Study

BIAs are of great importance to the economic, social and cultural realms of municipalities throughout the province. The report provides a picture of what this contribution actually looks like – this details exactly how critical BIAs are to our communities, and also gives insight on how we might improve in the days, weeks and years to come.

Cannabis Act

On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act (the legalization of recreational cannabis) came into effect; cannabis-infused products were legalized one year later. The following links provide more information:

Government of Ontario: Cannabis Legalization

Ontario Ministry of Labour: Impairment and Workplace Health and Safety

Government of Canada, Department of Justice: Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

Bill 47 – Making Ontario Open for Business Act

In 2018, Bill 47 – Making Ontario Open for Business Act, was passed.