Member Communications

We communicate with the business members through regular emails, If you should be receiving these and are not, please send an email to scda@mydowntown.ca with your preferred email address

MEMBER EMAIL ARCHIVE:

September 15, 2021

https://mailchi.mp/e9655941f3c4/welcome-to-pie-fest

September 9, 2021:

September 3, 2021:

August 26, 2021:

August 25, 2021:

August 20, 2021:

August 13, 2021:

August 4, 2021:

July 29, 2021:

July 27, 2021:

July 26, 2021:

July 12, 2021:

July 9, 2021:

July 8, 2021:

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

INTRODUCTION SURVEY

Thank you, Rachel Braithwaite rachel@mydowntown.ca 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 scda@mydowntown.ca 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.

Communications Strategy

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

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