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 with your preferred email address




October 2nd

September 30th

September 21st (Restaurants)

September 15, 2021

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

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 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 or call 905-685-8424

Resource for Retail Businesses including a Capacity Calculator:

Resource for Restaurant and Food Services including information on PPE:

June 7, 2021: Ontario is Reopening – sent to all BIA business members

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)

May 12, 2021: Reminder – Renew Your Temporary Outdoor Patio for 2021 – sent to all BIA restaurants

May 10, 2021: Market Square / City Hall Parking Lot Resurfacing – sent to all BIA business members

May 7, 2021: News for Downtown BIA Members – sent to all BIA business members (updated on Downtown Summer Activations, MyDowntown Marketplace, etc.)

April 16, 2021: News for Downtown BIA Members – sent to all BIA business members (update on Downtown Summer Activations, The MyDowntown Marketplace, etc.)

April 1, 2021: Ontario-wide shutdown begins April 3, 2021 (sent to all BIA business members)

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

March 17, 2021: Your input is requested – St. Paul St. businesses (between James & Carlisle Sts.)

March 17, 2021: URGENT ONLINE MEETING March 18 – St. Paul St. businesses (between Carlisle & Geneva Sts.)

March 16, 2021: URGENT ONLINE MEETING March 17 – St. Paul St. businesses (between Ontario & James Sts.)

March 9, 2021: James St. businesses – URGENT ONLINE MEETING March 11

March 4, 2021: Downtown Summer Activation – St. Paul Street businesses (sent to St. Paul Street retail and restaurants)

March 3, 2021: Consultation on New Public Washroom in Downtown St. Catharines (sent to all BIA members)

March 3, 2021: Downtown Summer Activation – James Street businesses (sent to James Street businesses between King & St. Paul Street)

February 26, 2021: The MyDowntown Marketplace and Other News for Downtown BIA Members (sent to all BIA business members)

February 19, 2021: Annual General Meeting and Other News for Downtown BIA Members (sent to all BIA business members)

February 5, 2021: Membership Forum – Monday February 8

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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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Member ResourcesPrograms and Incentives

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

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Member ResourcesGarbage and Recycling

Collection boundaries, schedules and important waste collection information.

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Member ResourcesGraffiti

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

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Member ResourcesBoard and Committee Meetings

Meeting information for the Board of Management and for SCDA Committees

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