Community: This is Us

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Nanaimo [nuh-nye-mo]: The Gathering Place

Built on the traditional lands of the Snuneymuxw and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations, our community is over 100,000 people and growing; people who live, work, play and thrive here. Since Nanaimo incorporated in 1874, we’ve been a coal town, a timber town, a mill town and a tourism destination. Today, our leading sectors are healthcare, construction, technology, tourism and retail.


Nanaimo is governed by an elected mayor and eight councillors. Each elected council leads our city for a 4-year term. Meet and connect with our current Mayor and Council.

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Last updated: February 23, 2024

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