Who We Are

The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association (DNBIA) is a not-for-profit organization created to facilitate revitalization of Downtown Nanaimo.

The DNBIA grew out of the work started in 1999 by the Downtown Strategy Team and continued into 2001 by the Downtown Action and Advisory Committee.

The DNBIA represents over 700 businesses and 300 property owners in the centre of the City and works to achieve three major strategic objectives:

  1. Development of Downtown Nanaimo as the city’s arts, culture, and entertainment district.
  2. Business recruitment and development to sustain, strengthen, and broaden the business mix.
  3. Residential development to grow the downtown population as the foundation for permanent vitality.