Our History

The White Rock Business Improvement Association was created in 2005 by White Rock City Council at the request of the White Rock business community as a business improvement area pursuant to Bylaw 1764. The White Rock Business Improvement Association (“BIA”) was incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia on July 12, 2004 and began operations October 1, 2005.

The Association’s mandate is to strengthen economic vitality within the White Rock BIA by undertaking business promotion schemes as defined by section 215 of the Community Charter, SBC 2003 c.26.  The bylaw governing the White Rock BIA was last renewed in 2015.

The White Rock BIA is funded by a special municipal levy based on business’ assessed property value which is collected by the City of White Rock. The Association is a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Act and, as such, is exempt from income taxes.

Current Key Objectives

  • Promote the designated BIA business districts as vibrant retail and commercial business areas
  • Develop and coordinate marketing, advertising and promotional activities for the purpose of branding and marketing the business community
  • Work in partnership with the City of White Rock to oversee the beautification and maintenance of the designated BIA districts
  • Provide graffiti removal services to all member property owners or business tenants
  • Advocate on behalf of the business improvement area
  • Foster outreach with key business stakeholders, community groups and associations, to develop positive partnerships within the community
  • Develop and coordinate major festivals and events that drive increased visitations and business activity
  • Coordinate programs and services that enhance small business development