Last updated: September 21, 2023

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Circular Economy Accelerator Program (CEAP)

The circular economy is an economic system that eliminates pollution and waste by retaining resources and manufactured goods within the system through innovation, reuse and repair, redistribution, recondition, and recycling processes, all of which are powered by renewable energy. Transitioning from the current “take-make-waste” linear model to a circular economy reduces emissions, waste, and virgin resource demand while enabling affordable lifestyles and green job creation.  The City of Nanaimo partnered with Vancouver Island Coast Economic Developers Association (VICEDA) and Synergy Foundation to deliver the Circular Economy Accelerator Program.  For more Information visit Circular Economy Accelerator Program.

VICEDA and Synergy Foundation are actively exploring opportunities for Phase 2 of the Circular Economy Accelerator Program. If you would like to participate in the program or bring this program to your region, contact Amrit Manhas     

Circular Economy Accelerator Program Press Release

Circular Economy Accelerator Program 2022/2023 Final Report

Circular Economy Business Resource Guide

Vancouver Island Tech Attraction Strategy (VITAS)

Several of VICEDA’s member communities including the City of Nanaimo recognize the need to work together to support and develop a robust technology sector.  In 2018, the partnering communities collaborated on a regional strategy to define a Vancouver Island corridor identity, competitive assets, and a unique value proposition to attract technology-related investment and talent to the region. The strategy identified foundational tools, tactics and resources to support investment attraction.  Each year the communities continue to partner and leverage government funding to implement components of the Tech strategy.   A website has been developed, to showcase the the technology-related infrastructure and support, quality of life, amenities, and the spectrum of unique leading-edge tech companies already located in this welcoming region.


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