Members & Association

Welcome to Downtown Kelowna.

If your business is located in the Downtown business improvement area (BIA), you’re a member! Check out the official map here. If you’re outside the area, we won’t hold it against you, but you’re not a member. Sorry, boooo hoooo.

As the Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA), we’re responsible for assisting local property owners and business people to promote their business and further trade and commerce in the Downtown area. Worrying about that keeps us up nights, but don’t feel bad, we like our jobs.

If you own a new business in Downtown Kelowna, please complete the Business Information Form in the sidebar on your left. That way we’ll know who you are so we can stop by to say hello.

You can find more important membership information and learn more about our services on the Members Centre page here. Please email us with any comments and concerns, or come visit us at #200-287 Bernard Avenue. Bring donuts. We like those. Maple.

What Does DKA Do?

Advocacy
Marketing
Business Recruitment and Retention
Information
Advocacy

We are part of the community, advocating on behalf of preservation and development projects. From our number one priority of the revitalization of the Leon and Lawrence Avenues and the Kerry Park redesign, to creating more parking areas and better highway signage directing people to Downtown.

Marketing

We consider Downtown Kelowna a brand and work to shape perceptions by elevating Downtown’s image and increasing visits. With promotional material, popular events, and promotions, we’re keeping the Downtown Kelowna brand top of mind.

Business Recruitment and Retention

We maintain an up-todate, interactive map on our website that highlights investment. We also attend the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference and Tradeshow in Whistler, BC to promote Downtown Kelowna and attract new businesses to the core.

Information

We’re always creating new ways to communicate with stakeholders, partners, members, visitors and our guests.

DKA Member & Association Information

What is BIA and how are we funded?

  • Registered not-for-profit Business Improvement Area Association (“BIA”)
  • Section 215 of the Community Charter provides Council with the authority to establish, by bylaw, a Business Improvement Area
  • A BIA is a business association which is responsible for a defined area, and has a guaranteed funding source for the duration of the municipal bylaw
  • City of Kelowna BYLAW NO. 10880 – A bylaw of the City of Kelowna to establish a local area service for the purposes of annually funding the Downtown Kelowna Business Improvement Area (2014-2018)
  • The current boundary is 42-square blocks