MIBI News & Media Releases

Keep up to date will the latest business development and lifestyle news from the best place to live: Vancouver Island.

Conference Board of Canada returns to Nanaimo for the third year

The Western Business Outlook in Nanaimo promises to be the premier economic forecasting event on the island this year. This is the third year that the Conference Board has hosted a Western Business Outlook...

How basing your company in a smaller community can improve retention

Chris Hamilton article in the Globe and Mail “The case for basing your company in a small community” Key Highlights employee retention at Mars employees on average, our associates stay with us for nine years....

Mid-island based VMAC win BC Export Award

Manufacturing is alive and well and thriving on Mid-Vancouver Island. VMAC (Nanaimo, British Columbia) won the Manufactured Products Category at the 2017 BC Export Awards. The prestigious BC Export Awards are presented annually by...

Air Canada announces direct sevice between Nanaimo and Toronto

Further evidence of the Mid-Island emerging as a business hub. Non-stop Air Canada Rouge seasonal services start in June from Toronto-Nanaimo Today Air Canada announced new nonstop, seasonal services will begin next June from Toronto to...

Ladysmith First Avenue awarded Canadian “Great Street” winner 2017

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) 2017 Great Places in Canada Winner – Great Street (First Avenue, Ladysmith, Vancouver Island) Just more reasons to check out Mid-Vancouver Island. CIP Jury Statement: First Avenue exhibits all...

BC Export Awards shortlists Mid-Island manufacturer VMAC

VMAC is a great example of a manufacturer located on Vancouver Island successfully sending its products to global customers. VMAC has been named a finalist in the BC Export Awards’ Manufactured Products category. The...

Film studio opening in the Mid-Island labeled a ‘game changer’

Vancouver Island Film Studios officially opened Thursday in Parksville.  A small studio is currently open, with a larger one to be ready by early 2018 and two more to follow. Developer Ron Chiovetti said...

Vancouver Island has become a go-to destination for young entrepreneurs

In the October Edition of Douglas Magazine Paulina Cameron, a chartered professional accountant (CPA) and director of Futurpreneur for B.C. and the Yukon. says the Island’s lifestyle, affordability and proximity to Vancouver’s communities and resources are some...

Cruise Ship Star Princess visits Nanaimo

The Star Princess returns Thursday, October 19th at 7am and departs at 6pm. She is a Grand-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruise Lines, 290 metres in length with a beam of...

Co-Working Space Growing in the Mid-Island

The Network Hub provides on demand, short, and long term fully furnished private offices for rent with high speed internet connectivity, a meeting room, mail service and shared office equipment & kitchen. The Network...

Westjet adds new routes from the Mid-Island

WestJet announced today that it will begin operating daily, year-round service from Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport to Vancouver International Airport on WestJet Encore. “Developing service is key to Nanaimo Airport’s continued growth to ensure...

Vancouver Tech Talent Challenge is Mid-Island’s opportunity

Does the ongoing Vancouver cost challenges provide an opportunity for Mid-Vancouver Island? The Vancouver Sun recently published an article which included the following “For the last 18 months to two years, it’s been a...

Multi Family Site available in North Nanaimo

Things are really starting to happen in the Mid-Island!  An exciting opportunity is available to acquire a prime 3.2 acre high rise multifamily development site in North Nanaimo. The zoning covenant allows for two buildings...

Further growth in the Mid-island – Alkan Air official opening at YCD

Canadian aviation company Alkan Air Ltd officially opened its hangar and operations base at Nanaimo Airport. “We are delighted to welcome Alkan Air and its wide range of flight services, this growth aligns with...

Tesla selects the Mid-Island to install it’s first Superchargers on Vancouver Island

A sign of the importance of the Mid-Island is Tesla’s decision to install it’s first Tesla Superchargers on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, not just one supercharger but 8 Superchargers all located at the island’s...

Nanaimo apartment complex sold for $4M above assessed value

The lure of the Mid-Vancouver Island is growing with multi family residential developments being planned and existing multi family units being bought and sold. Western Investor has reported that Arbutus Gardens a 55-unit rental...

Mid-Island Brewery wins big at the 2017 World Beer Awards

White Sails Brewing located in Nanaimo came home winners from the “World Beer Awards” in London, England.  Their dark beer Snake Island CDA was crowned Best Canadian and Best World Black IPA and their...

$8M infrastructure contract awarded for Foothills housing development in the Mid-Island

A multi-million dollar contract to install infrastructure services for the Lantzville Foothills development has been awarded. The developer Lone Tree Properties (a subsidiary of Calgary’s Storm Mountain Development Corp) announced it has awarded an...

Fast foot passenger ferry service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver a step closer

Media Release: August 23, 2017 Island Ferries and Nanaimo Reach Agreement on “Offer to Lease” The Nanaimo Port Authority and Island Ferry Services Ltd. (Island Ferries) are pleased to announce that they have reached...

MIBI working closely with HQ Vancouver

MIBI and HQ Vancouver sign an MOU.  HQ Vancouver is focused on promoting Canada’s competitive advantages in key sectors to attract major international firms to establish North American head offices in British Columbia. They have...