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In our journey towards greater diversity, we invite applications from members of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons of all gender identities, ages and sexual orientations who bring value through their lived experiences. 

We strive to provide an inclusive workplace and believe in progressive and barrier-free recruitment for all. If at any time during the application or recruitment process you require additional assistance or an accommodation, please email and we would be pleased to discuss how best to accommodate your needs.

Planning Assistant

Department: Community Development

Closing Date: Will remain open until filled

Competition Number: 24-44

Job Summary

The City of Nanaimo is seeking a permanent full-time Planning Assistant within the Current Planning Section. Under the direction of the Manager, Current Planning, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring that development applications meet applicable City bylaws, pertinent statutes, and current municipal planning goals and objectives. The Planning Assistant will have a strong knowledge of site planning, urban design, and community planning practices. This position requires the ability to work under continual deadlines, resolve competing community interests, prioritize and successfully complete a multitude of tasks, pay attention to detail and deal tactfully with a variety of people.

Duties and Responsibilities

Please see the job description PDF below. 


Applicants must have a degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Geography, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture, as well as a minimum of 1 year experience working in a municipal environment assisting in the planning function. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License is required.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a unionized position. $41.31 per hour - after Probation (Jan 2024 Rate), based on a 35 hour work week.


Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials.

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter (.docx or PDF file format) to referencing the specific competition 24-44 by the application deadline.

The City of Nanaimo is an inclusive employer that values diversity and invites applications from all qualified individuals who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. If shortlisted for the role and need an accommodation within the hiring process, we would be pleased to discuss how best to accommodate your needs.

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Resumes and cover letters must be submitted in either ".docx" or PDF format. File types ".doc" will not be accepted.


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