Economic Landscape

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Gabriola Chamber

Village Vision

The objective of the Village Vision Project is to create opportunities for Gabriolans to share their ideas about the future of the Village core and ultimately to create a long-term plan to guide the sustainable evolution of the Village over time.

The intention is to create multiple opportunities for community dialogue, to examine a broad range of ideas, and ultimately to create a consensus on the values, principles, and attributes of a sustainable Village core.

The Chamber of Commerce is working closely with Sustainable Gabriola and other community organizations on this volunteer-led project.

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Community Economic Development Studies

Commercial Demand Forecast 2017

In February 2017, the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce contracted with GP Rollo & Associates (Land Economists – Development Strategists) to prepare a Commercial Demand Forecast for Gabriola. It complements a similar commercial demand forecast done by GP Rollo & Associates in 2013 for all the rural village centres in the Regional District of Nanaimo, except Gabriola. This forecast was funded through the BC Rural Dividend Program.

The document below is the final report prepared by GP Rollo & Associates.

This report contains a wealth of detailed data and represents a superb asset inventory for the retail sector. Thank you to all the business owners who agreed to be interviewed for this report.


Gabriola Economic Readiness Project 2015

In the fall of 2015, the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce launched the Gabriola Economic Readiness Project.

This project was funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust  and the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (currently Nanaimo Economic Development).

Through a community-based process, the Chamber surveyed and gathered the most meaningful economic information and insights we needed to build on our island’s unique strengths, and find out what we are missing. Reporting back to the community, the Chamber hosted a “Gabriola Economic Summit”.

Two reports were prepared by Wave Consulting Ltd. for the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce.  If you would like a deeper insight into Gabriola Island’s economy – both its opportunities and challenges – please download the pdf documents .

Statistics Canada Census for Gabriola

For details on Gabriola demographics you can visit the Statistics Canada 2016Census for the island.