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The manufacturing sector includes businesses that are primarily engaged in the physical or chemical transformation of raw materials into new products. These products may be either finished (ready for final consumption) or semi-finished (used for further processing). Related activities such as assembly, blending, or finishing are also treated as manufacturing activities.

As of July 2023, there were 148 businesses engaged in the manufacturing sector. This sector accounts for 2.3% of licensed businesses operating in the City of Nanaimo. The manufacturng sector provided 2,117 jobs in 2022, accounting for 4.3% of Nanaimo's labour force.

The manufacturing sector businesses are choosing Nanaimo for its cost advantages, quality workforce and excellent services and amenities. Nanaimo is interested in growing its Manufacturing sector and provides many competitive advantages.

Business TypeCount% of Sector
311 - Food mfg.1510%
312 - Beverage & tobacco product mfg.85%
315 - Clothing mfg.96%
321 - Wood product mfg.107%
323 - Printing & related support activities85%
325 - Chemical, Paint, coating & adhesive mfg.21%
326 - Plastics & rubber products mfg.32%
327 - Non-metallic mineral product mfg.11%
332 - Fabricated metal product mfg.2618%
333 - Machinery mfg.64%
334 - Computer & electronic product mfg.53%
335 - Electrical equipment mfg.11%
336 - Transportation equipment mfg.21%
337 - Furniture & related product mfg.64%
339 - Miscellaneous mfg.4631%

Last updated: August 4, 2023

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