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There is no standard definition for the technology sector.  The difficulty in defining the sector is driven by the fact that the overall economy is increasingly technologically-driven. Accordingly, the first step to creating a profile of the tech sector in Nanaimo is defining the limits of the sector itself. The City of Nanaimo is most interested in growing the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) component of this sector.  In July 2023 there were 111 businesses in the ICT sector.

ICT is the infrastructure and components that enable modern computing.  This means all devices, networking components, applications and systems that combined, allow people and organizations to interact in the digital world. Some of the ICT components include cloud computing, software, hardware, transactions, communications technology, data, internet access and more.

334 - Computer & electronic product mfg. 5 5%
511 - Publishing industries (except internet) 10 9%
512 - Motion picture & sound recording industries 16 14%
517 - Telecommunications 9 8%
5415 - Computer systems design & related services 71 64%
Total 111 100.00

Green and Clean in the Nanaimo Region

ECO Canada defines the green economy as:
"The aggregate of all activity operating with the primary intention of reducing conventional levels of resource consumption, harmful emissions, and minimizing all forms of environmental impact. The green economy includes the inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes as they relate to the production of green products and services."

The green economy in Nanaimo consists of products and services that conserve the use of energy and natural resources, reduce pollution, provide alternatives to carbon-based energy sources and repurpose waste. Nanaimo has a strong base of such businesses spanning many industry sectors including land development, water conservation technology, scientific consulting, building products and supplies, natural resource management, waste management and retail. A selection of some of these businesses are profiled below to demonstrate the diversity and innovation found locally.

Read the Nanaimo Region Green Energy and Clean Technology Report.

Last updated: August 4, 2023

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