All of us at IDA are excited to release the new IDA website and member database. Not only is the member experience greatly improved, but our new system will provide enhanced and direct access to member resources in the Knowledge Center, new illustrative organization profiles, and most importantly, begin to harness the power of data - making IDA the central hub of place management industry intelligence. Visit to get started today. Please note: the old website with domain will be accessible for a short time longer, but information will not be updated.


Downtowns Canada - International Downtown Associaiton

About IDA Canada

IDA Canada, a national coalition of the International Downtown Association, represents organizations across the country that manage Canada's business districts, making them vital places in the nation's identity and key centres of economic wealth. Canadian business neighbourhoods and city cores are varied in form, size and make-up and yet across the country, these business districts play an important role in communities locally, provincially and nationally.

The goal of IDA Canada is to unite Canada and lay the foundation of the coalition’s Canadian advocacy and research efforts.

We invite you to view recent research on The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns and learn about the priorities and strategies of IDA Canada in the Downtown Declaration documents below.

The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns

The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns 2013

The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns
Ed. 2: October 2013

This study provides an extensive portrait of the contributions being made by downtown areas across Canada, highlighting innovative approaches to revitalization and efforts being applied across the nation. It builds on last year’s initial phase of the study examining 10 of those downtowns.

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Downtowns Canada: A Federal Agenda (2015)

Downtowns Canada: A Federal Agenda (2015)
October 2015

In advance of the 2015 federal election, Downtowns Canada mobilized 15 cities across Canada to administer an All Candidates Survey. Six cities also hosted Town Hall All Candidate Debates. More than 30 percent of candidates responded, sharing their views on topics that matter to urban businesses and residents alike. Results from the debates and surveys have been aggregated in this report.

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Downtown Declaration

This document is a call to action for local business improvement areas/districts (BIAs/BIDs), municipal, provincial and federal governments and associations, business associations with a focus on urban areas and related groups and individuals with expertise in the areas of economic development, housing, mental health, social policy and municipal infrastructure and funding. It outlines key policies and strategies for IDA Canada. The declaration focuses on four key areas: National Infrastructure/Reinvestment; National Social Justice Policy; National Affordable & Social Housing; and Economic Development.

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IDA Canada on IDEA Connection

Members of the IDA Canada coalition can connect on IDEA Connection, IDA's online network of place management professionals. To login, use your exisiting IDA credentials. To request access specifically to the IDA Canada group, please contact Allison Shashok at
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Joint Membership Programs

Are you an IDA member? IDA offers special membership discounts to current members of BIABC, OBIAA and DAC. Click to learn more about each program.


What Can IDA Do for You?

Needs Assessment

Over the past year, our Canadian members have led the dialogue to strengthen the value IDA can provide Canadian place managers by initiating a National Canadian Network. We are asking that you complete this survey which will help us learn what you envision the role of a national network might be.

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Research Toolkit

Canadian Toolkit 2016

Quantifying the Value of Canadian Downtowns: A Research Toolkit is a groundbreaking effort intended to provide a downtown data standard – a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian downtown BIAs/BIDs establish and sustain downtown evaluation and compare progress in downtowns.

Purchase the Toolkit