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As a city, Nanaimo has excellent infrastructure (especially our enviable municipal water works) that aims to sustain the high quality of life residents enjoy as the community continues to evolve. While hydro-electricity powers most of the Island, a third of Nanaimo households are powered by another clean-power alternative: biomass and recaptured steam.

Did you know that fibre optic cables run their way through over 90% of Nanaimo, Lantzville, and Snuneymuxw and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations? This web of connectivity is for a lot more than just emailing and browsing linkedin but has increased bandwidth capable for high-speed data transfer, involving large-scale file sharing, cloud computing, and video conferencing essential for the software and IT industry.

Immediate highway access stretches south to Victoria, north to Port Hardy and west to Tofino/Ucluelet. BC Ferries connect to North Vancouver, Tswassen and Gabriola Island. Hullo Passenger Ferry connects to downtown Vancouver. Float plane and Helijet offer scheduled services to downtown Vancouver, YVR, Sunshine Coast and Tofino. Nanaimo Airport provides scheduled services with Air Canada, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Air to Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowa and Prince George with seasonal services to Toronto.

Essentially, Nanaimo has everything you need, including significant unrealized potential – a perfect setting for your new idea to take root.

Median household income, employment rates, building permits, and other positive indicators continue trending upwards as residents enjoy their West Coast lifestyles. (See stats page)

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