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.

  • Challenge 4: CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST

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    30 Aug 2020
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    Challenge 4/6 (for the Creative Community Contest):

    Show us what a thriving economy looks like for Nanaimo's future! What jobs are there? What types of businesses? Where do you work?

    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 3: How We Care

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    23 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 #3 : How We Care - Our Social Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusiveness.

    Use the links below to get involved in this topic:

    Please participate in the Ideas Board:

    1. How can Nanaimo become a more caring and inclusive community in the years ahead?
    2. Are you aware of a program or service somewhere else that has been helpful in improving social equity in a community? Tell us about it.
  • Challenge 3: CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST

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    23 Aug 2020
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    Challenge 3/6 (for the Creative Community Contest):

    What do you consider the HEART of Nanaimo? Is it a place? Is it an experience?

    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 2: How We Connect & Play

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    17 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 #2 : How We Connect & Play - Our Parks, Recreation, and Culture.

    Use the links below to get involved in this topic:


    Please participate in the Ideas Boards:

  • Challenge 2: CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST

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    17 Aug 2020
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    Have you heard about the REIMAGINE NANAIMO Creative Community Contest yet? This is your chance to express your ideas for Nanaimo's future in a visual or creative way (with photos, drawings, videos or other creative submissions). All entries and skill levels are welcome – the contest is open to all ages and abilities.

    Challenge #2 (of 6) is: Show us your great ideas for parks, recreation, and culture!

    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 1: How We Adapt & Stay Green

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    10 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 #1 : How We Adapt & Stay Green - Our Climate & Environment.

    Use the links below to get involved in this topic:

  • CREATIVE COMMUNITY CONTEST!

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    11 Aug 2020
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    It’s time to get creative while we REIMAGINE NANAIMO! The Creative Community Contest invites everyone to share ideas in a visual way.

    You could win a $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 a creative response to "How you reimagine our future Nanaimo?" by – drawing, sketching, photo, painting, digital illustration, collage, video, and more are all welcome. Use your creativity! All entries are welcome – no matter your skill or experience – the contest is open to all ages and abilities.

    There are 6 themes to get you thinking for your creation:

    • Theme 1: Our Environment & Climate Change
      • Show us your idea for making Nanaimo greener or reducing the impacts of climate change!
    • Theme 2: Our Parks, Recreation, & Culture
      • Show us your great ideas for parks, recreation, and culture in Nanaimo!
    • Theme 3: Our Social Equity, Inclusiveness, & Accessibility
      • What is the heart of Nanaimo? Is it a place? Is it an experience?
    • Theme 4: Our Economy & Employment
      • Show us what a thriving economy looks like for Nanaimo's future! What jobs are there? What types of businesses? Where do you work?
    • Theme 5: Our Sustainable & Active Transportation
      • Show us how you imagine getting around Nanaimo in the future!
    • Theme 6: Our Neighbourhoods & Housing
      • Show us your future dream neighbourhood in Nanaimo! What defines its character? What kinds of housing are there?

    Submit your creation via the Creative Community Contest form.

    At the end of the contest, a winner will be drawn for the prize draw!

    Click here to read the contest terms and conditions.

  • REIMAGINE NANAIMO Video Series

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    06 Aug 2020

    Looking to learn more about REIMAGINE NANAIMO? Get started by watching this short intro video featuring Gracie Hill, then choose your own adventure for learning all about this exciting process and why it's so important for you to participate in Nanaimo's journey to the future!


  • REIMAGINE NANAIMO - Popping up in a Park Near You!

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    07 Aug 2020
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    We're hitting the road with REIMAGINE NANAIMO and heading out to visit parks throughout the City. Look for us in your neighbourhood!

    Over the next 5 weeks we're going to be popping up in Maffeo Sutton Park, McGregor Park, Departure Bay, Westwood Lake, Loudon Park, Colliery Dam, Diana Krall Plaza, Hardwood Centennial, Piper's Lagoon, Neck Point, the E&N Trail, and Island Roots Market! Keep your eyes peeled for our booth and then drop by to learn more about what's happening as we REIMAGINE NANAIMO. Bring your ideas, share them in sidewalk chalk for others to see, and take away some details on how you can continue to be part of this important process!

    Physical distancing will be in process. We look forward to seeing you!

  • A Call for Community Representatives!

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    05 Aug 2020
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    Hearing from all those in our community is so important, yet it can be challenging. There are often obstacles to participation and we want to break down barriers so that everyone has equal opportunity to be involved in a way that works for them. Can you help?

    We’re seeking organizations and individuals interested in volunteering as Community Representatives who are willing to help us spread the word through their networks and encourage people to share feedback in a way that works for them. Community Representatives can support in many different ways: from sharing information about REIMAGINE NANAIMO through their established networks to bringing participants together in a meeting to helping identify and remove barriers that may keep people from participating. All levels of support will be welcomed. We’ll be hosting initial meetings with Community Representatives in mid-August to discuss.

    Contact us now at reimagine@nanaimo.ca or by phone at 250.755.4464 to learn more or let us know if you’re interested in being a Community Representative for REIMAGINE NANAIMO! We’re excited to hear from you!