An aging Canadian population coupled with a wonderful year-round climate have contributed to an influx of retirees (or soon-to-be-retirees) moving to Nanaimo. After all, housing and the overall cost of living tends to be a great deal lower here when compared to metropolitan neighbors like Vancouver and Victoria.
But it’s not just retirees that have taken note of Nanaimo and made it their home. Given the access to technology and a well-educated and skilled workforce, more and more people are discovering ways of finding gainful employment in Nanaimo – servicing clients “off-island.”
For example, local marketing consultant Don Power has been living in and around Nanaimo since 2001. For the first half of his 14 years in Nanaimo Don worked for local institutions such as Vancouver Island University, the City of Nanaimo, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. But over the last seven years or so, Don worked remotely for national and international companies, basing himself in his Nanaimo home office.
Says Power, “I’ve worked remotely for a Chicago-based social media company, a California meeting and events company, and now I’m working for Flight Network and its subsidiary FlyFar.ca based in Oakville, Ontario.” Don adds that remote-based jobs are becoming more and more commonplace these days – providing additional opportunities for people considering making Nanaimo their new home. “Hey, if you can work from anywhere, why not make your home in Nanaimo, right?”
How about you? Were you born and raised in Nanaimo or did you move here from someplace else? How have you found positive employment opportunities here or do you feel you may need to look elsewhere to advance your career?