REIMAGINE NANAIMO

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Our vibrant city, view from Mt. Benson

Our City, Our Voices.

REIMAGINE NANAIMO is our opportunity to create a collective vision and road map for our future City. Together, we will identify our strengths to appreciate what we have today, and look forward to new opportunities to strengthen and grow our community. As our population grows to 100,000 residents and beyond, we need to collectively imagine how our spaces and places evolve to better meet the needs of our natural environment and of all who live here.

What kind of city will Nanaimo be in 20 years and beyond?

Our community plans will be built with ideas from individuals, groups, and organizations through their participation in REIMAGINE NANAIMO. To be successful, we need voices from across our community to share in the conversation. A key aim of this process is to be accessible to everyone – regardless of your age, your time constraints, or your knowledge base – it's easy to be part of building our community vision. We are committed to cultural safety and humility, LGBTQ2S+, accessibility and inclusiveness. The plans that we create together will guide the decisions that shape our City over the coming years.

Nanaimo is for all of us. Let's reimagine our future – together.

Our City, Our Voices.

REIMAGINE NANAIMO is our opportunity to create a collective vision and road map for our future City. Together, we will identify our strengths to appreciate what we have today, and look forward to new opportunities to strengthen and grow our community. As our population grows to 100,000 residents and beyond, we need to collectively imagine how our spaces and places evolve to better meet the needs of our natural environment and of all who live here.

What kind of city will Nanaimo be in 20 years and beyond?

Our community plans will be built with ideas from individuals, groups, and organizations through their participation in REIMAGINE NANAIMO. To be successful, we need voices from across our community to share in the conversation. A key aim of this process is to be accessible to everyone – regardless of your age, your time constraints, or your knowledge base – it's easy to be part of building our community vision. We are committed to cultural safety and humility, LGBTQ2S+, accessibility and inclusiveness. The plans that we create together will guide the decisions that shape our City over the coming years.

Nanaimo is for all of us. Let's reimagine our future – together.

  • View the Phase 1 Engagement Summary

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    10 Feb 2021
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    Wow, Nanaimo! You’ve shared some great insights for the first phase of REIMAGINE NANAIMO – what’s great about our City, what needs work and fantastic ideas for the future. Take a browse through the Phase 1 Engagement Summary and the appendices and see what our community has shared so far. These ideas are now being used in Phase 2 of the process to identify a range of potential scenarios and options for Nanaimo’s future. Later this spring, we’ll be asking for your review and thoughts on these emerging directions. Stay tuned!

  • Congratulations, Prize Winners!

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    10 Feb 2021
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    We’d like to congratulate all the winners whose names were drawn for a prize in the REIMAGINE NANAIMO contests. We were excited to have so many entries from the nearly 5,500 completed questionnaires. We were especially pleased to award the $500 gift card prize for the Creative Community Content to the creator of The Dream Park, which depicts an imagined park with fun for all ages. We received some wonderful creative entries which can be viewed on the Creative Community Contest page.

    • Eila K. - Creative Community Contest "Dream Park" image shown ($500 gift card)

    "Dream Park" by Eila K.

    The full list of winners is as follows:

    • Brent S. - Statistically Valid Survey Grand Prize Winner ($500 gift card)
    • Jim R. - Community Questionnaire Grand Prize Winner ($500 gift card)
    • Tyler P. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner ($100 gift card)
    • Jenn M. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner ($100 gift card)
    • Abe B. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner ($100 gift card)
    • Mandy H. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner ($100 gift card)
    • Thomas M. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner ($100 gift card)
    • Nicolle N. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner ($100 gift card)
    • Bianca V. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner (1-month RDN Transit Pass)
    • Dana L. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner (1-month RDN Transit Pass)
    • Nicole L. - Community Questionnaire Prize Winner (1-month RDN Transit Pass)
    • Shanae C.- Community Questionnaire Prize Winner (1-month RDN Transit Pass)
    • Cathryn V.- Community Questionnaire Prize Winner (1-month RDN Transit Pass)


  • Thank you, Nanaimo!

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    01 Dec 2020
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    We have just finished Phase 1 of REIMAGINE Nanaimo, the City's coordinated strategic plan review. This first phase involved gathering ideas, and we are grateful for your interest and participation. We are now collecting the information from the ideas you have shared so far.

    We will be returning in early 2021 to share the summary of your feedback and will have more opportunities for you to be part of this process. Stay tuned, Nanaimo! We look forward to engaging with you more.

  • CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST!

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    13 Oct 2020
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    The Creative Community Contest for REIMAGINE NANAIMO is now closed.

    Submissions are in for a chance to win a $500 gift card (choice of ONE local Nanaimo: electronics store, OR bike shop, OR grocery store).

    There were 6 themes to submit a creative response to REIMAGINE Nanaimo in the future. All entries were welcome – no matter your skill or experience, and it was open to all ages abilities.

    A winner will soon be drawn for the prize draw!

    Click here to read the contest terms and conditions.

  • Ideas Questionnaire - responses needed!

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    23 Sep 2020
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    Please note: the deadline for online survey submissions is now closed. We are gathering the information received and will be sharing it in early 2021. Stay tuned and look for more ways to participate in Phase 2 of REIMAGINE Nanaimo!


    Fall is in the air and a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to take a few minutes and complete the IDEAS QUESTIONNAIRE!

    If you have already completed the IDEAS QUESTIONNAIRE, are there any of the Topic Area Questionnaires that interest you (see links below).

    ~5-minute Topic Area Questionnaires (open to November 30th):


    Are you up to the task of getting three others to complete the questionnaire and share their ideas? Your energy to involve others will make a big difference.

    Thanks for getting involved and sharing your voice!

  • Topic 6: How We Live

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    13 Sep 2020
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    Please note: the deadline for online survey submissions is now closed. We are gathering the information received and will be sharing it in early 2021. Stay tuned and look for more ways to participate in Phase 2 of ReImagine Nanaimo!



    Focus Topic 6 is How We Live - Our Neighbourhoods.

    Use the links below to get involved in this topic:

    Please participate in the Ideas Boards:

    1. Thinking about your neighbourhood, what changes would make it even better?
    2. A goal for Nanaimo is to create housing options that support our diverse residents. What kinds of housing types do you think make sense for Nanaimo? For example, innovative infill, coach houses, mixed-uses, tiny homes, other?

  • Challenge 6: CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST

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    13 Sep 2020
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    Challenge 6/6 for the creative community contest:

    Show us your future dream neighbourhood in Nanaimo! What defines its character? What kinds of housing are there?

    You could enter to win the prize draw $500 gift card (to your choice of a local Nanaimo: electronics store, OR bike shop, OR grocery store). You pick what is best for you!

    How? Submit your creation via the Creative Community Contest form.

    Click here to read the detailed contest terms and conditions.

  • Topic 5: How We Move

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    06 Sep 2020
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    Please note: the deadline for online survey submissions is now closed. We are gathering the information received and will be sharing it in early 2021. Stay tuned and look for more ways to participate in Phase 2 of ReImagine Nanaimo!


    Focus Topic 5: How We Move - Our Active and Sustainable Transportation.

    Use the links below to get involved in this topic:

    Please participate in the Ideas Boards:

    1. What, if anything, could Nanaimo do that would encourage you to choose transportation options that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. walking, cycling, transit, electric vehicles, ride share, etc.)?
  • Challenge 5: CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST

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    06 Sep 2020
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    Challenge 5/6 (for the Creative Community Challenge):

    Show us how you imagine getting around Nanaimo in the future!

    You could enter to win the prize draw $500 gift card (to your choice of ONE local Nanaimo: electronics store, OR bike shop, OR grocery store). You pick what is best for you!

    How? Submit your original creation via the Creative Community Contest form.

    Click here to read the detailed contest terms and conditions.

  • Topic 4: How We Work

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    30 Aug 2020
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    Please note: the deadline for online survey submissions is now closed. We are gathering the information received and will be sharing it in early 2021. Stay tuned and look for more ways to participate in Phase 2 of ReImagine Nanaimo!



    Our Focus Topic #4 : How We Work - Our Economic Development, Business, and Employment.

    Use the links below to get involved in this topic:

    Please participate in the Ideas Boards:

    1. How can our community support our local businesses as they recover during COVID-19?
    2. What ideas do you have to continue making downtown better? What would encourage you or others to spend more time there?