Shape DTK 2020 logo - Share your ideas. Get involved. Create your downtown!


Downtown Kitchener has experienced tremendous change in the last 10 years. With the future arrival of ION, Downtown will continue to reinvent itself. As we enter the next chapter in Downtown's evolution, the Downtown BIA and the City of Kitchener are partnering to develop a new strategy - a strategy that builds off what's been accomplished to date and embraces the community's vision for Downtown's future. 

Before we develop this strategy, we want to hear from you. What does Downtown look like to you in 2020? What's missing? What can we improve? How do we make it even more awesome than it is today?

Here's how you can help shape Downtown Kitchener:


Complete a Quick Survey (closes on Sunday, Jan. 22nd)

Follow this link and share your input through a brief survey that takes approximately 5 minutes to complete - TAKE THE SURVEY

Complete an In-Depth Survey (closes on Sunday, Jan. 22nd)

Want to share your thoughts on a wide range of topics? Follow this link to comple a 20 to 30 minute survey - TAKE THE SURVEY

Participate in a large Community Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 2017

200 passionate Downtown advocates will come together for a night of inspired idea-sharing! In an innovative cross-disciplinary format, facilitators will encourage us to collectively answer questions like, 'what do we love about Downtown today?' and 'what does Downtown's future look like?' If you're interested in participating, please click here to register.  Please note that attendance is limited. 

Stef Golling, Manager of Events, Downtown Kitchener BIA : (519) 744-4921 ext. 403

Send us your comments!

Just want to email us your thoughts, ideas and concerns? Please send your thoughts to


What we will do with your comments and ideas?

Discussion Paper - February 2017

We will be compiling all of the survey results, feedback and ideas we get from the community into a Discussion Paper that will be shared publicly. This report will clarify the community's collective aspirations for the future of Downtown Kitchener. Don't worry, we value your privacy. We won't share any comments that would disclose an individual's identity. If you'd like to receive a copy of this report, please email 

New Priorities for 2017-2020

Collectively, the Downtown Kitchener BIA and the City of Kitchener will develop new priorities, strategies and action plans to act on the community's ideas and feedback. We anticipate a draft of these strategies will be released in the Spring of 2017. If you'd like to receive a copy of this strategy, please email


Want to chat further?

Interested in playing an even greater role in the ongoing transformation of Downtown Kitchener? We'd love to hear from you. Don't hesitate to contact Cory or Linda:

Cory Bluhm, Manager of Downtown Development, City of Kitchener: (519)741-2200 ext 7065

Linda Jutzi, Executive Director, Downtown Kitchener BIA: (519) 744-4921 ext. 402