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 2,321 jobs representing 4.7% of Nanaimo's labour force (2022 Esri). As of July 2023 there were 175 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 Type Count % of sector
481 - Air transportation 6 3%
482 - Rail transportation 1 1%
483 - Water transportation 10 6%
484 - Truck transportation 39 22%
485 - Transit & ground passenger transportation 9 5%
487 - Scenic & sightseeing transportation, land 19 11%
488 - Support activities for transportation 18 10%
492 - Couriers & messengers 56 32%
493 - Warehousing & storage 17 10%
Total 175 100%

Last updated: August 4, 2023

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