Why a BIA?

Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) are established by the municipality to oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of designated downtown areas. BIAs are also established to promote the area as a shopping or business destination.

Fees are levied by the municipality on commercial properties to maintain a business improvement area. These fees make up the majority of the BIA’s budget. The balance of the budget is derived of government and other grants awarded to take on special projects. In prior years, the BIA has received a downtown revitalization grant from the Province of Ontario which enabled significant promotions, and streetscape enhancement in our downtown. We have received grants from local funding agencies and the municipality which assist us in beatifying Picton.

The Picton BIA is also a member of the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) which supports and encourages business improvement areas to increase their effectiveness and their contribution to the economic, cultural and social well-being of the communities in which they are invested.

Advocacy In Action

One of the primary roles of the BIA is to advocate on behalf of its membership. Our advocacy efforts have included:

  • Amendment to Retail Holiday Business Act Exemptions;
  • Making recommendations to Council on implications of Picton parking;
  • Participating in the County-wide Downtown Revitalization project;
  • Picton Harbour Development Vision committee;
  • Appearing before council regarding development in the town gateway area;
  • Seeking approval to allow Market Days on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August;
  • Undertaking community consultations on business gaps in Picton’s downtown;
  • Participation in Public Meetings;
  • Visioning for Picton’s Secondary Plan;
  • Undertaking accessibility audit and liaising with the accessibility committee.

The BIA’s main activities include:

  • Representing the interest of business in community decision-making processes;
  • Enhancing Picton’s streetscape and beautification;
  • Promoting Picton as a shopping, business and tourist destination;
  • Planning events to bolster our economy and heighten awareness of our distinct culture;
  • Planning for the future needs of our community;
  • Liaising with municipal and regional partners to benefit Picton and The County;
  • Linking members to information and resources that can help to strengthen your business endeavours;

To discuss membership in the Picton BIA, contact BIA Manager, Sarah Doiron at (613) 476-7901 ext 211 or e-mail

The Picton BIA’s Board of Management

  • Penny Morris – Chair (Penny’s Pantry)
  • Robyn Molyneaux – Vice-Chair (Picton Animal Hospital)
  • Arlene Wright – Secretary & Streetscape Committee Chair (Williamson Insurance)
  • Scott Walcott – Treasurer (Picton Harbour Inn, Lighthouse Restaurant)
  • Lenny Epstein – Councillor, Picton Ward
  • Barbara Sweet (Prince Edward County Library)
  • Debbie Tremblay (Bean Counter Café)
  • Mike Campbell (Argyll Engraving)
  • Natalie Wollenberg (The County Canteen, 555 Brewing Co)

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Statistical information collected through the website is used for the purpose of business partner development.

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