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BIA Stratford

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Board Meetings

Downtown Stratford BIA Board of Director meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. Members are always welcome and encouraged to attend. Meeting variances will be posted on  Please contact [email protected] for the agenda and meeting details if you are interested.


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There are seats to fill on the Downtown Stratford Business Improvement Area

The Downtown Stratford Business Improvement Area (DTSBIA) is Stratford’s only BIA. The Board of Directors of the DTSBIA is made up of 8 volunteers from businesses, including property owners, in the downtown, plus a City Council representative. The positions are 4-year terms with a new term starting December 2022. The Board represents the over 300 businesses and property owners in the downtown area. 


Board meetings are held one evening each month. The total time needed for this Board position is 4-8 hours each month including a subcommittee meeting and follow-up.

We welcome people who want to engage in the downtown core and have the following interests and skills:

  • Desire to learn about the downtown business community and its needs
  • Problem solver with a positive outlook
  • Enthusiastic active contributor
  • Belief that diversity, equity and inclusion is an important commitment for our downtown
  • Leadership, finance, people and risk management, communications, marketing


*From time to time, mid-term vacancies may occur.  The City will advertise for any mid-term vacancies.  

If you wish to apply, please fill out the application and return it to the Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 1 Wellington Street, Stratford, Ontario.

If you need help with your application, contact [email protected] or 519-273-2461.


This is where a lot of the action takes place!  The Downtown Stratford BIA currently has four Sub-Committees that together make up the busy hive that creates and implements projects that benefit our member businesses. Each subcommittee meets monthly and is made up of Directors from our Board, staff, and volunteers that are BIA members.

  • To engage membership, local community through increased and consistent communication
  • To promote Downtown Stratford BIA events and campaigns
  • To promote and encourage the use of downtown core to local and surrounding communities 
  • To increase online presence and develop cohesive SCC branding
  • To encourage and enhance year round beautification
  • To encourage the development of public spaces in ways that unify the core aesthetically
  • To support the City with environmental initiatives that affect the core
  • To collaborate with the City on issues related to heritage & preservation if needed
  • To develop and implement a Downtown Stratford BIA public art policy
  • To keep membership informed of current urban planning issues specific to health of the downtown core and address member ideas and concerns
  • To develop and implement a Downtown Stratford BIA diversity and anti-racism policy
  • To advocate for members at different levels of government
  • To facilitate and work with other community organizations/partners to offer professional development and training opportunities to members
  • To encourage positive communications between local community and membership
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If you are interested in joining a sub-committee, please contact [email protected].

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