About Us

HxBIA is an organization that takes a leadership role in managing change and shaping a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable local economy here in the Downtown Eastside. Through collaboration with its business members, grassroots, government, private sector and non-profit partners we bridge the needs of local businesses with the capacity of community focused organizations to foster a vibrant, healthy and diverse area for all – whether you’re here every day or just for the afternoon.

Our Business District stretches from the northeastern portion of the downtown peninsula to the heart of Vancouver’s historic Downtown Eastside from Richards Street to Gore Avenue along Hastings Street and portions of Pender, Cordova, Main and Powell Streets. There is no physical crossing in the Hastings Crossing per se but we still encourage you to wander around looking for one. The geography in which our BIA is situated represents the crossing between East and West in Vancouver, a divide that historically has influenced the city’s culture, politics and economics. Today, EastVan swells with pride as many of the city’s coolest projects, innovative businesses and most daring artists thrive in this incredibly diverse and daring corner of the city. The crossing is also temporal, because at no other time in this area’s history has there been so much energy, excitement, emotion and change in the air. We are crossing into a new era, maybe a new paradigm, as our ways of doing things are increasingly questioned and challenged by community groups, businesses, planners and political leaders active in the area.

Hastings Crossing BIA is a business community where innovation is exemplified, where creativity is currency, and where the humanness of enterprise brings with it an authenticity and grittiness that makes our area undeniably genuine. As a Downtown Eastside Business Improvement Association, Hastings Crossing BIA is comprised of one of Canada’s most hard affected urban neighbourhoods.

Our Vision

To be Vancouver’s eclectic heart: a welcoming, diverse community rooted in social innovation, compassion, and cultural wisdom.

Our Mission

Through a commitment to social innovation and impact, we are stewards of the public realm and local economy which serves all businesses and property owners in the HxBia