About SCDA

Created in 1973, the St. Catharines Downtown Association is a provincially legislated, not-for-profit Business Improvement Area (BIA). The basis of the Association’s funding is a levy placed on the municipal property tax of buildings located within the BIA’s prescribed area. The Association acts as a liaison between the downtown business community and the municipal government of St. Catharines.

Businesses located within the geographic boundaries of the St. Catharines Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) are automatically members of the St. Catharines Downtown Association. The Association represents over 500 businesses in the downtown, including retail, restaurants and professionals.

Map of the St. Catharines Downtown Boundary

Mandate

The mandate of the St. Catharines Downtown Association is to participate in programs aimed at the physical improvement and beautification of the core, as well as the promotion of the Downtown as a great place in which to live, meet, shop, work and play.

We are here to support and advocate for our members. The Downtown Association office and its staff members implement, facilitate and monitor all the activities of the organization, while the Board and its committees determine these activities.

New Members

As a business located within the geographic boundaries of our Business Improvement Area (BIA), you are automatically a member of the St. Catharines Downtown Association. The SCDA welcomes you as one of over 500 business members in the downtown. We are here to support and advocate for you.

To learn more about the Association and the benefits of being a member, you can find out more by reviewing these resources:

Welcome Letter
Member Information Sheet
BIA Membership Handbook (March 2019)

As a new member, we hope you will consider getting involved with your Association by attending meetings or being part of a committee. To get involved and actively participate in decision making about your Downtown, please contact Tisha Polocko, Executive Director of the St. Catharines Downtown Association at 905-685-8424 or by email.

More About Member Resources

Member ResourcesOur Team

The SCDA team is made up of our staff and Board. Find information here about SCDA committees and meetings.

More About Our Team, Committees, Meetings

Member ResourcesPrograms and Incentives

The City of St. Catharines provides a variety of financial incentive programs to the private sector.

More About Programs and Incentives

Member ResourcesGarbage and Recycling

Collection boundaries, schedules and important waste collection information.

More About Garbage and Recycling

Member ResourcesCrime and Graffiti

Any criminal activity should be reported to the police and to the Downtown Association.

More About Crime and Graffiti