Resources and Programs

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is the voice and resource for the businesses residing in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. We run many programs, events, and marketing initiatives to make Downtown Halifax a better place to live, work, and play.

As a DHBC member, you get access to all of these membership benefits:

DHBC Storefront on Barrington Street

DHBC has a ground floor Storefront location at 1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104. Our Storefront is a configurable "pop up" space that can be used by Downtown businesses and partners to showcase and raise awareness.

Click here to learn more about the DHBC Storefront.

Marketing Campaigns and Promotions

DHBC runs several marketing campaigns and promotions to enhance the perception of Downtown Halifax and to help drive "feet on the street" to continually improve business conditions.

Downtown businesses are able to take part in these initiaitives such as Date Night, student campaigns, Big Day Downtown, and seasonal programming.

Seasonal Decorations and Signage

DHBC partners with HRM to provide hanging flower baskets on George Street and Barrington Street during the warmer months. HRM maintains the baskets to provide a uniform look with the other areas of the Capital District. During the holiday season, DHBC installs and maintains wreaths throughout the Downtown.

Graffiti Removal

DHBC engages Atlantic Graffiti Busters to remove all graffiti on private commercial buildings within its boundaries on an ongoing basis. This is the seventh year of the program and it has had a profound effect on the experience of Downtown Halifax.

To request free graffiti removal for your business or Downtown commercial location, contact us.

Banner Program

DHBC provides banner space on banner poles to promote events and programs that take place in Downtown Halifax. The Atlantic Jazz Festival, World Hockey Championships, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Neptune Theatre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Children's Wish Foundation, Tall Ships and Metro United Way have all used the banner program to raise awareness about their events and programs.

For inquiry about banner space for your event, contact us.

Curbside Collection Service

The Curbside Collection Service program was the first completely user-pay service in North America and works as a cost-effective means for businesses to pay for the collection of only the solid waste they generate. This service is available to all businesses, institutions and apartment complexes (with more than six units) in the greater Halifax region. The program sells garbage, recyclable and organic tags and collection takes place once a week.

Enviro Team and Cooperative Maintenance Program

We are passionate about keeping our Downtown clean and beautiful. DHBC partners with the HRM on matters of maintenance and ornamentation of the Downtown core. 

During the tourist season, May to October, DHBC hires the Enviro Team to maintain and enhance the Downtown area by removing graffiti and posters and painting public items such as garbage cans and lamp posts. The Enviro Team consists of summer students who also serve as a valuable resource for tourists and visitors looking for directions or recommendations.

For those interested in applying to be part of the 2017 DHBC Enviro Team, download the PDF job posting here.