We communicate with the business members of the St. Catharines Downtown Association through regular emails, posts on our social media accounts, and an annual mailing (via Canada Post) with notification of our Annual General Meeting. Send an email to email@example.com to let us know your preferred email address to receive regular email communications from the Downtown Association.
June 28, 2021: Strategic Plan Input Survey – Closes at 5PM 6, 30, 2021 https://bit.ly/3621YIs
June 16, 2021: Few Updates for Members including Covid-19 Resources, Pedestrian Zone Reminder, Power Outage Reminder, Streetworks Information
June 10, 2021: A note from your new Executive Director
Please take the time to fill out the survey below
Thank you, Rachel Braithwaite firstname.lastname@example.org 289-228-0761
June 10, 2021: Scheduled Power Shutdown
Please note there is a scheduled shutdown at the 136 St. Paul Street Power Vault and switchover for the main power service to the street lighting poles taking place on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. Alectra Utilities will begin the shutdown at 8:30 a.m. and the switchover should be completed by approximately 2:00 p.m.
We have been assured that businesses will operate without interruption, there will be no power outages to the commercial or residential power sources. The street lighting circuits will be affected by the shutdown. This will impact items that are plugged into the City’s street light receptacles (e.g. patios with lights, or music speakers).
June 9, 2021: Resources for upcoming Reopening
Request Weekend in the Heart of the City Stickers for your Business, please email us at email@example.com or call 905-685-8424
Resource for Retail Businesses including a Capacity Calculator: https://www.retailcouncil.org/coronavirus-info-for-retailers/store-capacity-calculator/ontario/
Resource for Restaurant and Food Services including information on PPE: https://www.ontario.ca/page/restaurant-and-food-services-health-and-safety-during-covid-19
June 7, 2021: Ontario is Reopening – sent to all BIA business members https://bit.ly/3pClCUx
June 3. 2021: News for Downtown BIA Members – sent to all BIA business members (updates on new installations Downtown, resources to connect with other Businesses, promotions and a welcome to new members) https://bit.ly/3x02wud
May 12, 2021: Reminder – Renew Your Temporary Outdoor Patio for 2021 – sent to all BIA restaurants https://bit.ly/3bjl68c
May 10, 2021: Market Square / City Hall Parking Lot Resurfacing – sent to all BIA business members https://bit.ly/3be2p5J
May 7, 2021: News for Downtown BIA Members – sent to all BIA business members (updated on Downtown Summer Activations, MyDowntown Marketplace, etc.) https://bit.ly/3h9V62P
April 16, 2021: News for Downtown BIA Members – sent to all BIA business members (update on Downtown Summer Activations, The MyDowntown Marketplace, etc.) https://bit.ly/3mS48lP
April 1, 2021: Ontario-wide shutdown begins April 3, 2021 (sent to all BIA business members) https://bit.ly/3rSkb43
March 24, 2021: Downtown sit-down restaurants and retailers are invited to participate in the Market Square Spring Social in support of Pathstone Foundation on June 9, 2021. Limited opportunities are available. Please see the Vendor Deck for more information on how you can take part, or contact Kim Rossi at Pathstone Krossi@pathstone.ca.
March 17, 2021: Your input is requested – St. Paul St. businesses (between James & Carlisle Sts.) https://bit.ly/30Uo1hR
March 17, 2021: URGENT ONLINE MEETING March 18 – St. Paul St. businesses (between Carlisle & Geneva Sts.) https://bit.ly/3bT2I6H
March 16, 2021: URGENT ONLINE MEETING March 17 – St. Paul St. businesses (between Ontario & James Sts.) https://bit.ly/3twAyV7
March 9, 2021: James St. businesses – URGENT ONLINE MEETING March 11 https://bit.ly/3vyOyiM
March 4, 2021: Downtown Summer Activation – St. Paul Street businesses (sent to St. Paul Street retail and restaurants) https://bit.ly/2O3SIhQ
March 3, 2021: Consultation on New Public Washroom in Downtown St. Catharines (sent to all BIA members) https://bit.ly/2OoydMr
March 3, 2021: Downtown Summer Activation – James Street businesses (sent to James Street businesses between King & St. Paul Street) https://bit.ly/3q8ISs5
February 26, 2021: The MyDowntown Marketplace and Other News for Downtown BIA Members (sent to all BIA business members) https://bit.ly/3eiymfF
February 19, 2021: Annual General Meeting and Other News for Downtown BIA Members (sent to all BIA business members) https://bit.ly/3sJt4xw
February 5, 2021: Membership Forum – Monday February 8 https://bit.ly/3sJtlR4
Downtown Summer Activations
Parts of St. Paul Street and James Street will be activated in the spring and summer of 2021. We invite all downtown businesses to join in and make plans with us so the entire downtown can benefit.
Downtown weekend pedestrian zone Pedestrian-only zone Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Google Calendar Consult the Downtown Association’s calendar to see when and where activations are taking place. Downtown businesses are invited to make entries in the calendar. Please include place and date/time. e.g. The Downtown Cafe patio, live music with The Cool Cats (entered in the calendar on Saturday May 22 from 7pm to 9pm).
Temporary Outdoor Patios The City of St. Catharines has implemented processes to allow for increased and streamlined operations of temporary outdoor patios in 2021 while protecting public safety. The move will allow restaurant and bar operators, as well as retailers, to expand outdoor business areas to offset limitations on indoor dining under COVID-19 emergency orders. The program will continue in 2021, through to Jan. 1, 2022.
The St. Catharines Downtown Association has developed a Communications Strategy Policy. The purpose of this policy is to provide a clear expectation of how news and information is distributed to the business members of the St. Catharines Downtown Association. To view the St. Catharines Downtown Association’s Communications Strategy Policy, please click below:
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