Historically a national leader in forestry, Port Alberni's economic base is increasingly diversifying. It's an exciting time join in the growth of emerging sectors, to innovate in founding industries and to take part in the cross-sectorial Blue Economy

Industry Outlook

Agriculture & Aquaculture


The Alberni Valley has over 19,000 acres of land designated for agricultural use and over 90 farms and producers. Berries, fruit, field and greenhouse-grown products thrive in the Alberni Valley's optimal climate. The city's oceanfront provides abundant opportunity for commercial and recreational fishing, shellfish and seaweed production. 

This is a rapidly-growing sector in the Alberni Valley with a favourable outlook.

Port Alberni Food Hub: The Dock+
In 2019 a former fish processing plant adjacent to Fisherman's Harbour was revitalized into a regional food processing facility known as The Dock+ . Equipped with a commercial kitchen space for food maker entrepreneurs, community groups, and instructional classes, The Dock+ is open to additional tenant partnerships.

Craft Breweries & Distilleries
Since 2017 Port Alberni has opened 3 craft breweries with 2 distilleries set to open their doors in the coming months. 


"Alberni soils are prime agricultural soils...they are suited to a wide variety of crops. Arrowsmith soils are considered to be the most desirable organic soils for agricultural use as they have favourable tilth and permeability." Source: Ministry of Environment Report (PDF) 


The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District has been proactive in supporting increased access to slaughter for local livestock producers. In 2021 the Province updated the Meat Inspection regulations and producers can now apply to the Province to obtain a Farmgate or Farmgate Plus license in order to legally slaughter a limited number of animals on-farm. The region does not currently have an abattoir facility and demand for such is high.

More information - Meat Inspection & Licensing - Province of BC

Industry Opportunities

Local industry experts have expressed a need in the community for a full-service abattoir facility, livestock veterinarian, additional butchers, cut and wrap facilities, and large scale vegetable growers and packing plants to service local and coastal tourism markets. 

Industry Resources

Farming Directory

Agricultural Resources from the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Alberni Valley Agricultural Plan (PDF)

Alberni Valley Regional District's Agri-food Newsletter Signup

Interviews with Industry Leaders

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