Board Meetings and Committee Meetings

Board of Management Meetings

The St. Catharines Downtown Association is governed by a Board of Management approved by St. Catharines City Council for a four-year term, concurrent with the City of St. Catharines Councillors’ term of office. The Board of Management controls the Association’s activities and approves all policies.

The Board of Management meets a minimum of 10 times per year on a regular basis (monthly). Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please RSVP in advance to Tisha Polocko, Executive Director, phone 905-685-8424 or email

The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for September 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom conference call.

2021 Upcoming Board of Management Meeting Schedule

The tentative meeting dates / times are as follows:

Monday October 25 at 2:30pm

Here is the link to join:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 872 1061 9894

Passcode: 715232

Monday November 22 at 2:30pm

Monday December 20 at 2:30pm *

* call of the Chair, if required

If you wish to receive a copy of the minutes from the latest Board of Management meeting, please contact the office by email or call 905-685-8424, or you may view ratified minutes for 2020 below.

Committees/Working Groups

Events Working Group

A sub-committee has been formed to plan downtown events

Tuesday, October 19th Meeting will take place at 9:00 am:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 814 5541 3120

Passcode: 957400

Promotions & Marketing Committee

Committee provides input about promotion and marketing of downtown in general and reviews the promotion of events and other marketing initiatives.

Next meeting of the Promotions & Marketing Committee: November 18th @ 10:00am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 8851 3836
Passcode: 580923

Governance Committee

Our next governance committee is set for TBD

Streetscape & Sustainability Working Group

When: October 19, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 9102 2288

Passcode: 430999

The focus of the group will be on some of the following:

  • Streetscape Improvements
    • Improving Accesibility
    • Beautification (planters, banners, lights, infrastructure maintenance)
    • Increasing art downtown
  • Sustainability Improvements
    • Increasing the number of trees downtown
    • Improving bike infrastructure and walkability
    • Work with local organizations to improve storm water management, air quality and more

Summer Activations 2022

Next meeting will be Wednesday, November 10th at 10am via zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 2073 3799

Passcode: 446095

Safety Committee

The committee reviews downtown safety initiatives such as the Police Foot Patrol Program and plans ways to engage and assist the disadvantaged in our community. The next meeting of the Safety Committee is TBA.

New Entrepreneur/Business Committee

Committee offers guidance to new and emerging businesses by working with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre and other resources. The next meeting is TBA. RSVP to Tisha by email or call 905-685-8424.

Annual General Meeting

The St. Catharines Downtown Association conducts an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each February. The financial statements of the previous year along with the current fiscal budget are reviewed and voted on by the Association membership present at the AGM.

The members of the St. Catharines Downtown Association, the designated Business Improvement Area (BIA), consist of persons who are assessed on the last returned assessment roll with respect to rateable property in the area that is in a prescribed business property class and tenants of such property.

The 48th Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 5:30pm via Zoom. Please visit the Event Listing for the AGM for more information.

More About Member Resources

Member ResourcesAbout SCDA

Created in 1973, the St. Catharines Downtown Association is a provincially legislated, not-for-profit Business Improvement Area (BIA).

More About SCDA & New Member Welcome

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 ResourcesSocial Issues, Crime and Graffiti

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

More About Social Issues, Crime and Graffiti