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The Education sector is the fifth largest sector in Nanaimo, providing 3,380 jobs.  The Education sector represents 7% of Nanaimo’s labour force (2021 Esri). Currently, there are 91 private firms involved in the Education and Training sector.  The Public sector is not required to obtain a business license, therefore those institutions are not reflected in the business count below.

Business TypeCount% of Sector
611 - Educational services1112%
61143 - Professional & mgmt. development training33%
6116 - Other schools & instruction7582%
61171 - Educational support services22%

Nanaimo is home to Vancouver Island University, which offers a variety of certificate, diploma, and degree programs. The programs provide training in academic, vocational, and technical fields and range from basic literacy to university degrees.

Discover Community College and Sprott-Shaw Community College offer undergraduate programs in a variety of disciplines, further adding to Nanaimo’s educational sector.  Nanaimo offers various options for K-12 education through public and private schools.  

Last updated: July 29, 2022

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