Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society
106 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1X4
In the 1990s, the Chinatown business community, through the Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association, began to search for an effective vehicle to fund and implement projects to revitalize the area. Other areas, such as Gastown and Downtown Vancouver had formed Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) to revitalize, with visible success. With the consent and support of the merchants and the property owners in the area, Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association planned to establish the BIA in the area.
The VCBIA was incorporated in 2000. The BIA in Chinatown is modeled after successful BIAs in other areas in the City of Vancouver and mandated to benefit Chinatown's prosperity. With the focus on improving Chinatown's safety and cleanliness, expanding and strengthening its promotions and events, and working with the media and external partners to improve Chinatown's public realm, public perception and relations.