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DVBA Membership

We work on behalf of all of the properties and businesses within the BIA Boundaries; if you are a business within downtown Victoria, you are a member of the DVBA.  

We invite other interested businesses to consider our Associate Member Program and to join in our mission to promote Downtown Victoria as the business heart of Greater Victoria. 

Associate Membership Program


Listing in the Business Directory on the DVBA website as an Associate Member  (The DVBA business directory encompasses all the businesses of Downtown Victoria.)

Electronic communication

Includes our weekly newsletters, special notices, and media releases from community partners.

Participation in Promotions and Advertising

As an associate member, you have access to reduced rates to advertise in our monthly newspaper inserts, have the opportunity to be featured in editorial content, and will receive notice of and access to special offers and promotions.

Connection with Downtown Businesses

Having a voice at the table

Eligible to apply to sit on one of the following DVBA Committees:

1)      Clean, Safe & Sustainable Committee

2)      Events Committee

3)      Marketing Committee

4)      Research & Analysis Committee

The DVBA Associate Memberships are being offered to select businesses for an annual fee of $250.00.


What is a BIA?

BIA stands for Business Improvement Association.  The Downtown Victoria Business Association was established through a municipal bylaw.

The Downtown Victoria Business Association BIA is a not-for-profit organization, under the direction of a volunteer board of management.

All downtown BIAs have the same goal – to encourage more traffic and ultimately increase vibrancy and sales in their downtown core.

We strive to create a vibrant community and a prosperous economic environment.

The DVBA unifies its membership and community – working to make Downtown Victoria a “destination.”

The DVBA improves the lines of communication between you, the business community, and the City of Victoria municipal council and staff.

As established within our bylaw, every business within the DVBA’s boundaries is automatically included in the DVBA membership and contributes to the DVBA budget through a special levy (tax).  The cost of a membership (tax levy) is based on the property’s commercial assessment.



  1. Access to DVBA newsletters and member communications including information relating to economic development, maintenance and revitalization, security issues, special events, and bylaw enforcement, etc.
  2. Your business listing on the DVBA website as an Associate Member.
  3. Opportunity to participate in DVBA cooperative marketing initiatives and promotional activities under the DVBA umbrella.
  4. Eligibility for DVBA committee membership.
  5. Invitation to DVBA events, including the DVBA Annual General Meeting in a ‘non-voting’ capacity.
  6. Access to BIA discounted rates for DVBA events, such as Car Free YYJ

Please note:

  • Associate members shall receive no property improvements, grants, street furniture or fixtures, or Clean Team services from the DVBA.
  • Associate members do not receive Board seat privileges and do not qualify to vote at the AGM.
  • Associate members can be subject to an additional charge if they choose to participate in any promotional activities.
  • Associate Membership applications are reviewed by the DVBA Board and Executive Director.  The Board of Directors reserves the right to refuse Associate Membership to any applicant.
  • Social media and promotional content does not extend to sales.

Join the DVBA today to receive the benefits!  Download an application form here.

Please email your application to


Member Contact:

Do you have questions about your membership?  Contact Alison at 250-386-2238 or  

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