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Downtown Kelowna Members Centre

Downtown Kelowna Membership

Whether you are a new business or an established Downtown business, there is lots of important information in the Members Centre for your review. To learn about the benefits of membership, please download your copy of the Membership Guide and visit the Services, Programs & Events page.

If you are a new business in Downtown Kelowna … we want to extend a warm welcome to you, your business and employees. We are happy that you have decided to locate your business in Downtown Kelowna, a dynamic centre of commerce, entertainment, recreation and parks.

The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a safe and desirable place to conduct business, live, work, play and enjoy through the cooperative efforts of its members and local government. The BIA, officially registered in 1989, is funded by a commercial taxation assessment levy paid by the property owners within the BIA to the City of Kelowna through Bylaw No. 10880. You are automatically a member of the Downtown Kelowna Association when located within the BIAclick here to view a map of the boundary. There is no additional membership fee.

You will receive monthly e-newsletters, information on Downtown Kelowna events, emails of pertinent information (i.e. DKA notices, City of Kelowna notices, RCMP & Downtown On Call Security notices), and other Downtown related material throughout the year. We are always happy to hear from our members. Please contact us with any comments and concerns, or come visit us at #200-287 Bernard Ave.

* To view the Downtown Kelowna Business Improvement Area Bylaw (Bylaw No. 10880), please click here.


Business & Property Owner Information

The Downtown Kelowna Association does our best to keep our database of over 1,200 Downtown members as up to date as possible. However, errors and omissions may occur and information does become out of date. We want to promote Downtown Kelowna and your business through accurate information in our online business directory and Downtown Kelowna Guide. More importantly, we want to be able to communicate pertinent information and opportunities with our members. We would greatly appreciate your help in keeping our database up to date and as free from errors as possible.

Please submit the Membership Information Form (click here) as soon as possible. The sooner we receive your information, the sooner we can start showcasing your business to the public. If you ever need to update or add information to your business profile, please re-submit this Membership Information Form (click here) with your new information.

If you own property in the Downtown Kelowna BIA area, please complete the Property Owner Information Form (click here).


Opportunities for Members


What is the Lighten Up grant? The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) has grants available to Downtown property and business owners who wish to better illuminate their buildings and properties. Matching grants of up to a maximum of $2,500 or 50% per building or property of the cost of approved work, whichever is less, are available for the installation of lighting which better illuminates a property to improve security and/or enhances pedestrian access.  The overall objective of this incentive program is to create a more appealing Downtown, with an enhanced comfort level for all who visit, work, and live here.

How does it work? Financial assistance is available to assist with the costs of retaining professional services of lighting designers, lighting products, and their installation. Grants will be allocated on a case-by-case basis until the budget has been spent or the program year has ended. Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant or a specific grant amount. Grants will be paid upon satisfactory completion of work and presentation of all original receipts to the DKA.  All work must be completed by November 30 within the same calendar year of your proposal being approved.

Who is eligible? To be eligible for a grant, a property or business must be located within the boundaries of the Downtown Kelowna Association (see DKA boundary map below). The application for assistance must fully outline and illustrate the scope of work and the proposed lighting products. Unless circumstances warrant otherwise, more than one quote is required for proposed services or product. All work must receive necessary heritage and design approvals, as well as building permits from the City of Kelowna. An application must be received and approved by the DKA Board of Directors in advance of any work proceeding.

How do I apply? Please complete the online form here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 250.862.3515 for more information on the Lighten Up Downtown Kelowna grant program.



Don't let your customers or patrons ride on by! With a continually growing pathway and bicycle network, more Kelowna residents are using bicycles for transportation, recreation and leisure. Now you can provide bicycle parking for your patrons and staff at a huge discount. The City of Kelowna Bicycle Rack Program will cover up to 50% of the purchase and installation costs of a high quality bicycle rack in a publically accessible area near you.

Who is eligible? Commercial businesses and institutions that attract visits from the general public.

How much will it cost? You can have a rack installed for as little as $185 (includes installation by City crews). through this program, installed racks range from $185 - $380, depending on design and capacity.

How do I apply? Fill out the online application form herePreview and submit. Got questions, call 250.469.8531. Apply now, as supplies are limited. Within a week of receiving your application, the City of Kelowna will contact you directly. Our bicycle rack specialist can assist you in choosing the appropriate rack and installation location for your needs. Please note that racks will only be installed where they are accessible to the public.



November 18, 2015

The YMCA of Okanagan have been assisting locals in their career exploration and employment search since 1997.  At this time, the YMCA is launching a new 3 week program dedicated to training and coaching young adults (29 years of age and under), in groups of 12.  This service is free of charge and funding is provided by both federal and provincial governments, and facilitated by YMCA of Okanagan.  Participants will also be recruited for the  2016 program start dates. 

Class Dates: November 23 - December 11, 2015
Location: 103-565 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna BC, upstairs in the Towne Centre Mall

Who is eligible?
You must be 29 years of age or under
Unemployed or Underemployed working less than 20 hours per week and actively seeking full-time employment
Working less than 20 hours per week or living with a disability, unable to work full-time, seeking an increase in hours or is seeking more sustainable employment
Not currently on or eligible for EI
Have not been on EI in the last 3 years or parental EI in the last 5 years
Not in school

What will you learn?
Career Exploration and making a Career Plan
Identifying careers for your personality type
How to assess of your Learning Styles, Values
Emotional Intelligence and Transferable Skills
Build effective Resumes, Cover Letters, and learn Interview Skills
How to research your career interest
Networking and Current Labour Market Information
How to tap into Hidden Job Market
Team Building and Communication
Time Management, Balance and Goal Setting

Certificates you will receive: First Aid, Foodsafe, WorldHost, WHMIS. Call 250-861-5627 for more information or visit



November 4, 2015 

This Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers in your region of BC a $2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 15 to 29 years of age. Additionally, employers may request up to $1,000 to purchase training for the newly hired youth. 

The Program is open to all employers and youth if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

EMPLOYER Criteria:
Eligible regions: Cariboo, Kootenay, North Coast and Nechako, Northeast, Thompson-Okanagan, and Vancouver Island / Coast
In business for a minimum of one year
In good standing with WorkSafeBC
Must employ new hire for a minimum of 3 months and 30 hours/week
Employers will not qualify if employee is hired prior to signing a Get Youth Working Funding Agreement

NEW HIRE Criteria:
Unemployed, 15 – 29 years of age
Has not applied for EI, not currently receiving and must not have received EI within the past 36 months; or 60 months for a parental claim
Not a full-time student or returning to school
Is a resident of BC and legally entitled to work in Canada
Not be participating in another Canada Job Fund program

Visit or call 1-888-665-8867 ext 1 for more information.



Okanagan co+Lab is hosting a series of workshops over the next few months that will be very beneficial to businesses and startups called co+Learn. Local experts with experience in teaching skills like copywriting, marketing, project management and design will be hosting various workshops over the following month. Check out the complete schedule (here) and register at co+Learn.

The Wellness @ Work series will kick off on June 2, 2015. Learn new ways of bringing health into your work environment and life. The first session will include a presentation from Zen Corporate Yoga on yoga and meditation. CLICK HERE for the details and Eventbrite registration.



Are you a micro-business owner? Do you not have a University degree or industry certification? Are there skills that you could develop that would help your business?

The Micro-Business Training Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management, and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue. Eligible micro-business owners can receive up to $1000 as funding support for courses in a variety of formats (online, classroom and/or on-site). Training is offered by institutions across the province including universities, colleges, PCTIA accredited institutions, and Private Trainers.

Apply online here. Funding is available to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about this opportunity by watching this video, and determine if you are eligible here. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact Maelina DeGrasse at 778.410.2324 ext 703 or by email at


The Product Incentive Program provides financial incentives to help you replace old, inefficient technologies, with new energy efficient products. Products can include: lighting, ovens, refrigeration units, dishwashers and much more.

The Product Incentive Program will help your business:

* Save money
* Improve the work environment
* Contribute to environmental sustainability
* Receive a financial incentive

Find out how other businesses have benefited from this program on the BC Hyrdo website here.

Register today and find out how BC Hydro's Product Incentive Program can help your small business.