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A Little
More About
The Village.

The International Village BIA includes the areas:
Main Street East, King Street East and King William Street (from West Avenue to Mary Street) in Downtown Hamilton.

Why Invest In The Village

The International Village BIA is perfect for your business, whether you’re an entrepreneur searching for a storefront to start your first business or considering a second location. Find a wide range of innovative spaces for your new business to call home, ranging from historic Victorian properties to modern offices nearby.

Progressive and creative, our BIA has served as a commercial hub in downtown Hamilton since 1976, holding the title of Hamilton’s first Business Improvement Area. Our diverse membership offers a vibrant mix of businesses from cafes, restaurants, and retailers to world-class theatre productions at Theatre Aquarius. Come visit us today to see what the area has to offer.

Reasons to Invest Here.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a retail business, restaurant,
or professional service, The Village is the place to be.

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BIA’s promote, manage, and advocate on behalf of their membership, sharing…

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We are one of the first BIA’s in Canada to offer an e-commerce marketplace for our members.

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Consistent Growth

International Village BIA is the historic centre of four of Hamilton’s oldest neighbourhoods…

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Financial Incentives

The City of Hamilton has a range of financial incentives for businesses…

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Business Opportunities

Downtown Hamilton remains the economic centre of the city…

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Vision Statement

We are Hamilton’s first BIA, home to a spirited, attractive, and creative community.

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Launch of Brand New BIA Website

The BIA launches a new website, featuring the brand new Village Marketplace, helping to support local businesses.


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First Movie Night Held at Ferguson Station

Movie Night in the Village has become a signature summertime event for the neighbourhood.


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Urban Design & Architecture Award

The design of Ferguson Station by Lintack Architects was honoured with an Award of Merit in Excellence in Landscape Design.


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Ceremonial Opening of Ferguson Station

Grand opening celebration of Ferguson Station celebrating the history of the former railway corridor.


Member Testimonials

When I decided to open my business in the International Village BIA, I visited the BIA office and received a warm welcome from Executive Director, Susie Braithwaite. She provided me with information on the grants available to me as a BIA member and I took advantage of the facade improvement grant which saved me money on signage for my business.

Julie GordonJ.H. Gordon Books

When I first opened my shop, the BIA was a great resource to help me launch my business in the International Village BIA neighbourhood. Since then, I've enjoyed the initiatives they've put in place and have even collaborated with them to put on events in the area. It's nice having someone to help keep an eye on the area and to provide updates on what's going on.

Whitney McMeekinGirl on the Wing

We love our neighborhood. Over the past 5 years we’ve seen big changes with so many new shops and restaurants opening. It’s a great place to spend the day.

Nick and Connie BulajicVintageSoulGeek
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