Local Benefits - Global Reach

Bringing Vancouver Island to the World – the Port of Nanaimo ships 19 different products from Vancouver Island to 24 ports in 13 Countries. Add Canada, and we ship to 25 ports with distribution through 14 countries.

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  • China 6 ports
  • UK 1 port
  • Japan 7 ports
  • North Korea 1 port
  • Panama 1 port
  • Taiwan 1 port
  • Brazil 1 port
  • Germany 1 port
  • Hong Kong 1 port
  • South Korea 1 port
  • Netherlands 1 port
  • Thailand 1 port
  • USA 1 port


  • Bottled Water
  • General Merchandise
  • Logs, lumber
  • Finished lumber
  • Metal scrap
  • News-print
  • Paper
  • Plastic scrap
  • Plywood
  • Veneer
  • Pulp
  • Wood Pulp
  • Scrap
  • Steel
  • Stones
  • Sand
  • Granite

Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane

Duke Point Terminal

Nanaimo Port Helijet

Port City – Lucky City

What makes a city great?

By Wendy Zatylny, President, Association of Canadian Port Authorities

There’s a correlation between the cities where people want to live, and cities that are lucky enough to have ports. Global surveys examine cities from different perspectives, both economic factors such as wealth, economic power, and innovation with social factors such as cultural dynamism and openness.

Each year, some $400 billion worth of cargo passes through Canada’s ports. Nearly all the products we consume in our globalized economy moves by marine.

Ports mean jobs: hundreds of thousands of Canadians owe their employment directly or indirectly to them. Think of the range of economic activity that goes into moving cargo: customs brokering and inspecting, warehousing and freight forwarding, legal and accounting services, ship chandlering, and repairs – blue-collar and white-collar jobs in the support services.

And then there are the jobs at the harbour itself. The average port salary is $70,700 – that’s more than $20,000 above the average full-time employee across all industries in Canada. Add the salaries up and you get $10.2 billion pumped into the economy through wages.

It makes no difference whether the port is large or small, port authorities go the extra distance to try to be a good neighbour – and the community benefits as a result.

When the ports and the communities work together, everyone wins. More cargo through the harbour means more jobs and economic spin-offs. More economic activity means a higher quality of life for those who live in the vicinity.

If you invest in your port, the return on investment comes in the form of local opportunities as well as a stronger national economy. If your city is lucky enough to have a port, take special care of that relationship.

Snowbirds Show Nanaimo Harbour

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