Community Engagement   

Nanaimo Airport community engagement is an important part of our success. We are committed to fostering ongoing good relationships with our community and working together to build our region.

Our Impact

Ten years ago, Nanaimo Airport (YCD) was an unreliable airport with limited connections – for good reason. West coast weather caused too many flights to be cancelled, shaking the confidence of travelers.

Key investments since 2006 have transformed YCD into a trusted transportation partner experiencing unmatched economic growth. YCD has gone from being a brake on economic growth to an enabler of economic development.

YCD’s impact on the region currently exceeds 2,750 jobs and $486 million in direct and indirect economic impact.

Our Engagement

As a community-based non-profit organization, Nanaimo Airport highly values the relationships we have built with all of our surrounding communities.

We believe strongly in being a good corporate citizen and neighbour, and supporting the people who make Central Vancouver Island their home. We often participate in projects that contribute to the well-being of our region.

Here are some of the ways in which we connect with our communities:

Sharing information at public presentations – To keep residents in our service area updated on our many activities, and to get their input, we travelled around the region to make more than 50 public presentations annually. The feedback and questions we received about airport operations were valuable, and helped us as we formed our plans for the future.

Sharing information at our Open House and online – Every year we host an Open House for the community, for visitors to learn about our operations and equipment, and to meet members of the Nanaimo Airport Commission. We also communicate regularly with our neighbours throughout the Central Island on our social media sites and blog.

Our Scholarship and Bursary Program

Scholarships and bursaries make a positive impact on the community, providing financial assistance to deserving students pursuing higher education. The Commission is committed to assist students within its service area by designating funds to help ease the financial pressures faced by post-secondary students.

The NAC scholarship and bursary program supports the community by extending annual awards to deserving students throughout our service area. Scholarships will be available for graduates of public secondary schools from School Districts 68, 69, 70 and 79. We also offer scholarships and bursaries for students attending any campus of Vancouver Island University. For students interested in pursuing aviation as a career, we support a scholarship program partnership with the BC Aviation Council (BCAC).

Click here for full details of the Nanaimo Airport Scholarship and Bursary program.

Community Partnerships 

Nanaimo Airport proudly support many community projects, ranging from the BC Summer Games, to the Nanaimo visit by the world-famous Snowbirds in support of the CHILD Foundation and the Festival of Lights held annually in Ladysmith.

Our annual donation to the North Oyster & Area Historical Society helps the society and the area’s community centre, which is a social heart of the area. Our donation shows our appreciation for the many barbecues cheerfully provided by Society volunteers at airport events.

Our Volunteer Program

Blue Navigator Ambassadors provide invaluable assistance and hospitality to the travelling public and visitors and enhance the overall passenger experience at the Nanaimo Airport Terminal.

Our goal with this volunteer program is to provide a friendly atmosphere and facilitate the movement of passengers/people through the Nanaimo Airport.

Ambassadors proactively respond to and approach customers who need assistance with any basic information and travel related needs.

We now have a team of 40 ambassadors and are continuing to expand those numbers with the addition of new flights. Click here to learn more about volunteering.


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