Brandon Poverty Compass: A resource guide of statistics relating to poverty in Brandon

Brandon Poverty Compass: A resource guide of statistics relating to poverty in Brandon

With a municipal population of over 53,000, Brandon is Manitoba’s second largest city and is among the fastest growing cities in Manitoba. Between 2006 and 2011, Brandon’s population increased by 10.3%, surpassing the provincial average by more than 5%. Located in the southwest region of Manitoba, Brandon also serves as a significant trading area, providing services to over 180,000 people (Economic Development Brandon, 2016).

The Poverty Report attempts to provide a comprehensive image of what poverty is in Brandon. Given the existing work and research that is being done in the community, Statistics Canada, and many other organizations, there is no shortage of quality information on poverty and its indicators in Brandon. However, no one report has yet to cohesively amalgamate this information into one report to benefit local decision-makers and poverty-serving organizations.

While poverty depends on individual variables, certain population groups face multiple barriers making them more likely to live in poverty. While not an exhaustive list, gender, age and ethnicity are some of the factors that can increase one’s vulnerability to poverty.

Data has been amalgamated from Statistics Canada, Economic Development Brandon, and many other sources. Where Brandon specific information wasn’t available, interviews with local stakeholders and individuals with lived experience have been used to supplement provincial data. Overall, a collaborative approach was taken whereby the emphasis was placed on creating an ongoing dialogue with community members and organizations to provide the fullest picture of poverty.

ORGANIZATION: Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC)
LOCATION: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada