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BIA Stratford

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Member FAQ

What are the boundaries of the Downton Stratford BIA?

The BIA is roughly located within the following boundaries: West where Ontario St meets Church St and East to where Ontario St meets Nile St.  North at York St to South where St Patrick meets Downie St.

All businesses within the Business Improvement Area boundaries are automatically members and pay a small levy on their property taxes to support the work of the Downtown Stratford BIA.

At this time, we are not offering membership to businesses that fall outside of these boundaries.  We do though offer space on a sub-committee but that the focus is still downtown.

No, BIA membership is limited to commercial property owners and tenants that pay commercial taxes. 

No, we are an incorporated non-profit, Advisory Committee of Stratford City Council, with our own board of management and our own staff.

Listings on the Downtown Stratford BIA website are available at no charge to members of the BIA. Please contact [email protected] to get listed!

New business Toolkit

Welcome to the Downtown Stratford BIA!  

Welcome Wagon

We’d like to meet you in person!  If we haven’t yet reached out to you, please contact our member liaison at [email protected] or 519-508-1415. We’d like to ask about your new business, take some photos and feature you in our monthly e-newsletter as well as on our social media channels. 

Welcome Information Brochure

Signage By-law

The Infrastructure and Development Services department of the City of Stratford oversees the bylaw pertaining to business signs and sidewalk signs. Formal applications will need to be made to the City for the use of sidewalk signs, such as A-frame sandwich boards. The fee for a sidewalk sign is $51.00 and 

$5.00 for the Indemnity Agreement.  Please click here for the details of the bylaw.

Any questions, please contact:

City of Stratford

519-271-0250, ext. 327

If you are concerned about a person or family in need of help, please call:

  • 519-271-3773 ext. 200 (1-800-669-2948) – Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm OR
  • 519-272-2294 (1-888-829-7484) – After hours, weekends and holidays