The Role of the BBIA


The mandate of all Business Improvement Areas in Ontario is governed by the Ontario Municipal Act. The Bancroft BIA Board of Management is a group of member-elected volunteers who oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally and promotes the area as a business or shopping area, on behalf of BIA members, in cooperation with the Town of Bancroft and area stakeholders.

Designated Boundary of the BBIA

The Bancroft Business Improvement Area, as designated by Municipal by-law, includes all of Ward One of the Town of Bancroft. This includes Hwy 28 south to Monck Rd, 28 East to the radio station, Hwy 62 south to Bay Lake Rd. and Hwy 62 north at Victoria Drive.

2022 Board of Management



      • Chair: L. Churchill

      • Vice Chair: L. Haines

      • Treasurer: F. Yantha

      • Executive Officer: J. Yantha (staff)



        • D. Rattle

        • M. Kavanagh

        • F. Yantha

        • T. Ace

        • Town Appointed Member: M. Kavanagh

      All financial records are vetted by the Town of Bancroft’s Treasurer and audited annually.

      Annual Plan and Budget Approvals

      A draft Annual Plan and Budget is prepared annually and is then presented at the Annual General Meeting for approval of the membership. It is then submitted to the Town Clerk to be brought before Council. Council has final authority on approving the budget and annual action plan.


      Each year the BBIA determines the amount of funds it requires to carry out the Annual Plan. The Town is informed and the levy adjusted, if necessary. As per the Municipal Act 2001, all commercial properties within the designated business improvement area pay a levy for the BBIA along with their regular tax payment schedule.

      BBIA Members

      As governed by the Ontario Municipal Act, if you are a commercial or industrial property owner (or their tenant) within the designated business improvement area (Ward One) in the Town of Bancroft, you are automatically a member of the BBIA.

      Meeting Times

      BBIA meetings are held on the LAST Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. All meetings are open to the general membership and the public. The BBIA welcomes interested levy-paying, commercial building and property owners and business tenants who have a net lease. Please email for a zoom link if you wish to be part of the gallery. If you wish to address the Board of Management, please email in advance to be included in the Agenda.

      There are also a number of volunteer opportunities that may be of interest.

      MINUTES: Minutes of all meetings are posted on the Town of Bancroft’s website:


      The BBIA’s primary communication tool is email. Regular BBIA Bulletins are issued throughout the year to inform members of existing and new projects, news from the business community and details of upcoming educational & networking meetings and special events. Please email if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

      Local businesses can apply for $100/year to be listed in our directory as a friend of the BBIA. Send your application to:

      Land Acknowledgement

      We acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territory of the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation, which is known by Indigenous peoples as unceded. We acknowledge that the Indigenous peoples have been stewards of this land since time immemorial and as such we treat the land, its plants, animals, stories and people with honour and respect. Today, this land is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we acknowledge the shared opportunity to live and work within this beautiful territory.

      As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities, and in particular to bring justice for murdered and missing indigenous women and girls across our country.

      All my relations, Chi-miigwetch.