About NOCA

NOCA stands for Nanaimo Old City Association. NOCA has been around for several decades. No one seems to know just when it started. The stuff of legend now, it grew strong then faded into obscurity. Then in 2009 several or your neighbours dug up some old records and organized a meeting. They held it and we attended. Now we’re making history again!

All residents in the old city part of Nanaimo are eligible to join. NOCA includes the area bounded by Comox Road, Bowen Road, Howard Avenue, Elizabeth Street, Pine Street, Albert Street and Wallace Street. The area extends to the centre lines of the border streets except for Elizabeth Street, where the area extends to both sides of the street.

Annual memberships are $10 per person.  You can buy a membership at our AGM held in October. You can also buy a half price membership ($5 a person for half the year) half way through the year.  We’d love to have you join us and show your support for your neighbourhood!

If you’d like to learn more about NOCA, or would like to contact us, please email us at noca@oldcitynanaimo.com.   We’d love to hear from you!

We are governed by our Constitution and Bylaws, which you can read below.

NOCA Bylaws (2010)
NOCA Constitution (2017)

The objectives of the Nanaimo Old City Association are:
•to act as a liaison between the Old City neighbourhood and the City of Nanaimo
•to act as an information clearing house for community members
•provide leadership in Old City community development.


The Old City Neighbourhood Concept Plan (1992) is an important document for the old city.  As noted by the City of Nanaimo, “a neighbourhood plan can help residents identify a common vision for their neighbourhood, prioritize neighbourhood goals and identify options for achieving them, and convey the types of projects a local community supports. It also helps Council understand how residents want their neighbourhood to grow.”

You can view the Old City Neighbourhood Concept plan by clicking here.

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