Nanaimo is located on the east side of Vancouver Island, off the southwest coast of British Columbia. The city is a 20-minute trip to downtown Vancouver by seaplane or helicopter, and a 90-minute drive to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Nanaimo is the second largest urban centre on Vancouver Island providing all the services and amenities of large metropolitan cities.
Nanaimo has a beautiful, protected natural waterfront that includes an active harbour, marina, seaport and airport. Nanaimo boasts nearly 100,000 residents and a highly skilled labour force that is supported by Vancouver Island University. In addition to its idyllic setting, Nanaimo enjoys a cost of living that is a quarter that of Metro Vancouver and considerably less than Victoria. Low costs of doing business, outstanding quality of life, and proximity to Canada’s largest technology hub- Vancouver-have meant that a growing number of businesses are choosing Nanaimo as their home.
Nanaimo has a diversified economic base of over 6,000 businesses operating in the community. The city is home to an estimated 350+ tech sector businesses.
A 2012 Economic Impact of the technology sector revealed this sector generated $204.1 million in revenues and had expenditures of $155.2 million. The Nanaimo Technology sector had a total employment impact of 2,730 jobs. The sector generated $19.7 million in taxes in 2012 ($6.9 million in provincial taxes, $1.4 million in local taxes and $11.3 million in federal taxes). For every $1 million in industry output, the tech sector in Nanaimo generates 14 jobs.
The Technology sector is a significant contributor to Nanaimo’s economy. Given the ubiquity of broadband access in the region, entrepreneurs who wish to start new business in the tech sector have greater opportunities than ever before to locate their businesses where they wish.
Nanaimo has tech businesses in the following subsectors: Cleantech, E-vehicles, waste management technology, agritech, ocean tech, environmental mapping, energy conservation, forest tech, IT services, software design, web design, graphic design, post production, streaming services, virtual reality, video gaming, e-commerce, micro imaging/health, hardware and manufacturing. Below is a sample of technology companies operating in Nanaimo.
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Local Tech Companies
VMAC is the leader in compressed air innovation, designing and manufacturing the most innovative mobile air compressors and multi-power systems available...Visit website
The industry leading designer and manufacturer of Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) inspection systems for use in hazardous areas, confined spaces and underwater applications...Visit website
TRAK has been manufacturing portable performance kayaks that transform paddling adventures.Visit website
LDRLY (Pronounced Leaderly) Games is a game development studio that produces original & licensed IP mobile games.Visit website
Seamor Marine is engaged in research, development and manufacturing of remote operated vehicles (ROVs), which are deployed in a wide array of applications...Visit website
Kintama Research Services is the world leader in the design, deployment and operation of large-scale and cost-effective underwater acoustic telemetry arrays...Visit website
Develops large-field environmental sensing technology for monitoring and collecting data on conditions of soil and water...Visit website
Coastal Resource Mapping
Coastal Resource Mapping Ltd. (CRM) is a leading BC based GIS mapping and drone services company...Visit website
Cedar Road BioEnergy
In 2009, Cedar Road Bioenergy Inc. invested in building a landfill biogas utilization facility that cost effectively produces 1.3 MW of electric power per year...Visit website
Stellar Marine manufactures custom fuel saving, fuel measuring, and vessel monitoring systems for the industrial marine market...Visit website
DR Systems, Inc. is a leader in the development of land management software, providing tools to the forestry and agriculture industry to manage natural resources and improve sustainability of the land..Visit website
Launches beautifully crafted software products for top brands and startups. Input logic was founded in 2011 and has enjoyed tremendous growth over the years...Visit website
Resonance Software Inc
Develops workforce management applications to simplify employee scheduling, attendance and compensation...Visit website
Aurora NanoDevices Inc
Aurora NanoDevices Inc. supplies high quality, calibration systems for atomic force microscopy imaging...Visit website
Carmanah Research Ltd
Carmanah designs and manufactures signaling and energy-optimized LEDsolar lighting solutions for infrastructure.Visit website
Concise Systems Corporation
Concise Systems Corporation provides business customers with reliable computer and office technologies and technical services...Visit website
Coastal Environmental Limited
Coast Environmental offers wastewater services, portable toilet and fence rentals, industrial waste management, soil remediation and composting...Visit website
GRT is an environmental operating company focused on the beneficial reuse of excess soils. Its Resource Regeneration Facility at Duke Point, Nanaimo produces clean aggregate and diverts waste from landfills.Visit website
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Nanaimo is the fifth largest urban centre in British Columbia. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean offering an enviable lifestyle and first-rate infrastructure with all the urban amenities. Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential.
Nanaimo boasts over 200 parks, 63 playgrounds, four public beaches, 20 picnic areas, three pools, four indoor ice rinks and three golf courses. Residents can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront sea wall, or a vigorous hike up Mount Benson. The City of Nanaimo’s Parks and Recreation Department provides a comprehensive year-round program of activities for residents of all ages and interests.
Newcastle Island (Saysutshun) is a charming provincial park just off the shores of downtown Nanaimo. It is a popular summertime picnic and camping area. Buttertubs Marsh, in the heart of the city, is a wonderful place to view waterfowl and learn about our delicate ecosystem. Neck Point Park is a 14.5 hectare oceanfront park known for its views and natural features. The park has a vast trail system of varying lengths and difficulty and offers a number of amenities including picnic areas, viewpoints and lookouts. The Linley Valley Park is a 182.2ha (450.23 acres) undeveloped park recently acquired by the City of Nanaimo. The Linley Valley contains many old growth trees, open meadows and wetlands. Residents enjoy the informal walking trails, the beautiful scenery and the abundance of wildlife.
Outdoor adventures include paddling, hiking, biking, golfing, and bungee jumping. Those ocean waters are the source of many activities, including sailing, fishing, and kayaking. Spend the day paddling around Newcastle Island, or get out on a charter to become the next great angler. Take your adventure to new depths on a snorkelling or scuba diving expedition. Beaches at local ocean parks such as Piper’s Lagoon, Departure Bay, Neck Point, and Swy-A-Lana Lagoon, offer a myriad of opportunities for swimming, windsurfing, and snorkeling, complete with incredible sea life just below the surface.