Transportation & Warehousing

bc Ferry coming in towards Nanaimo's harbour

Nanaimo is strategically located on Vancouver Island to provide easy access to global destinations with full connectively via road, air, and marine infrastructure. Nanaimo has a comprehensive transportation network designed to support and promote the growth of existing businesses and to facilitate the establishment of new operations. The modern and efficient transportation network includes an airport, two ferry terminals, two floatplane terminals, cruise ship terminal, an enhanced highway system, and a public transit system. Deep-sea shipping facilities and storage and warehousing space is available through the Port of Nanaimo. Businesses have a range of options to access markets, customers and suppliers.

The Transportation and Warehousing Sector provided 2,274 jobs representing 4.7% of Nanaimo's labour force (2021 Esri). As of June 2022 there were 179 firms in the Transportation and Warehousing sector in Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Port Authority, Nanaimo Airport, and the City of Nanaimo are working together to establish Nanaimo as the transportation and warehousing hub for all of Vancouver Island.

Business TypeCount% of sector
481 - Air transportation63%
482 - Rail transportation11%
483 - Water transportation106%
484 - Truck transportation4425%
485 - Transit & ground passenger transportation84%
4871 - Scenic & sightseeing transportation, land2011%
488 - Support activities for transportation137%
492 - Couriers & messengers6134%
493 - Warehousing & storage169%

Last updated: July 28, 2022

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