Chemainus Business Improvement Area Renewal

At the request of the Chemainus Business Improvement Association, the North Cowichan Municipal Council gives notice that it intends to establish a Business Improvement Area (BIA) for Chemainus to replace the current BIA for another 3 years (the current BIA expires May 1, 2021). The purpose of the BIA is to conduct a business promotion scheme for downtown Chemainus through advertisement, promotion, beautification, special events, and administration. The boundaries and 3 sub-areas of the BIA are shown on the map below.

The estimated cost of the service is approximately $110,000. A property value tax will be used to recover all of the costs of the BIA from affected property owners. The tax will be applied only to properties within the area  outlined on the map that have both land and improvements classified by BC Assessment as “business and other” (Class 6). For certainty, residential (Class 1) land and improvements will not be subject to the tax. Within the BIA boundary there will be 3 different property value taxes, per thousand dollars of assessed value: $4.25 for Sub Area 1, $3.50 for Sub Area 2, and $2.50 for Sub Area 3.

The Municipal Council may proceed to establish the BIA, unless a valid petition against the BIA is presented by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021.  Signed petitions must be delivered to the District of North Cowichan, 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC, V9L 6A1, and received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021. Blank counter petition forms are available at the North Cowichan Municipal Hall (7030 Trans-Canada Highway), during regular office hours, or by email from: