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University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine - Rural Brandon

2023 Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match
Competitive Stream for All

Last approved on July 19, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 2 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Caroline Kowal
Brandon Regional Health Centre 
N404 – 150 McTavish Ave. East
Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3
204-578-4215
http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/emergency_medicine/

Program Contacts

Dr.Taft Micks
Site Lead
taft.micks@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Caroline Kowal
Program Director
caroline.kowal@umanitoba.ca

Jocelyn Beever
Administrative Coordinator
Jocelyn.Beever@umanitoba.ca
204-578-4215


Important Information

Interested applicants must apply specifically to the Brandon program. If you are interested in the Winnipeg program please indicate whether you are interested in one or both programs.  Candidate interview ranking for the Winnipeg program or Brandon program will be done separately. 

Practicing Manitoban physicians are encouraged to apply. Physicians who are already in practice but reside out of province will not be considered. 

Off cycle residents may be considered. You must declare your completion date on the application form. An off cycle resident needs to be able to start the program as of July 2023. 

The Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation for all residents, which is MANDATORY, will be held on Thursday June 29,2023.

The mandatory Brandon Regional Health Centre site specific orientation for the Brandon residents will be held on your first Brandon rotation.

 To name a few highlights the program offers:

  1. Close working relationship with the FRCP program - combine learning and fun!
  2. Close working relationship with local faculty in a small, supportive program
  3. High volume trauma centre (Health Sciences Centre) - no need to do an out of province elective for trauma
  4. Exposure to high acuity patients by training at referral centers for the entire province (Health Sciences Centre, St Boniface Hospital, Brandon Regional Health Centre for Western Manitoba)
  5. Robust Simulation training - combined FRCPC sim as well as CCFP-EM specific sim sessions
  6. Procedural preparedness program - longitudinal hands-on practice in state-of-the-art Sim lab
  7. CPOCUS IP Core certification by end of year for all CCFP(EM) residents with some exposure to more advanced cardiac scans (parasternal long & short, apical 4 chamber)
  8. CPOCUS IP Resus certification possible in the Brandon program if desired
  9. High yield written and oral exam preparation

 

We are hosting a virtual social on Sept 8th, 6:30-8:00 pm CDT.

If you are interested in attending, please email either Shara or Jocelyn (Shara is the Winnipeg program administrator and Jocelyn is the Brandon program administrator. The event is joint for both Winnipeg and Brandon, emailing either Shara or Jocelyn is all you have to do). 

Shara Werestiuk: Shara.Werestiuk@umanitoba.ca

Jocelyn Beever:   Jocelyn.Beever@umanitoba.ca

For those interested,  will email out a link and instructions to the Gathertown event one hour prior (5:30 pm CDT Sept 8th). 

 

 


Return of Service

Applicants must declare any Return of Service obligation at the time of application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude R-3 training.

 


General Instructions

Program application language: English

Please note that the local site director for the Brandon program is Dr. Taft Micks. Address personal letters to the Brandon site to Dr. Micks.

 

 


Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)

Notarized/certified photocopied proof of citizenship must be provided. Photocopies are accepted but citizenship documents other than what is listed above are not accepted.                    

Language proficiency
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• IELTS
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

Language Proficiency

English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.

CMG/USMG

If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada, French Stream in Ottawa or Quebec or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

Candidates who attended medical school in Canada or the United States where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

IMG’s

  • IMG applicants must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

 Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:

  1. the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation obtained directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required.
  2. their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the countries that have English as a first and native language (see list below)

All other candidates must have taken one of the following:

  • the Academic Version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting.  IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken
  • Occupational English Test – Medicine (OET-Medicine), with a minimum grade of B in each of the four subsets in the same sitting; or
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – General (CELPIP-General) Test, with a minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

List of countries that have English as a first and native language - Countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands - Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

Please note the following:

  • Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Language Proficiency Attestations will not be accepted from the candidate or a third party.
  • Language Proficiency results will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.

 

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3
Number requested: 1

Of the reference letters, one letter must be from your primary Family Medicine preceptor and at least one letter must be from an Emergency Physician. Please ask your referees to provide examples they have observed which illustrate your strengths and weaknesses, comment on your fitness to work in the emergency department. 

If you come from a large family medicine program and you do not know your program director, please have your site director/education director complete the Program Director assessment form. The Program Director assessment form is targeted to either the program director or site director who has reviewed all of your evaluations and has given you overall feedback. 

If you are a Manitoban Physician who is already in practice - please ask your referees to write reference letters which illustrate examples of areas you excel in, what type of role you play in your work environment, comment on your interactions with fellow physicians, nurses and staff in the emergency department.  Please ask your referees to reference: https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/referee/reference-guidelines-r1-referee/

Additional documents
Required
Custom Résumé / CV 

Include a list of electives

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : 600

Please keep your personal letter brief - ideally three quarters to half a page.

An introductory paragraph illustrating a personal experience is not required. 

Your personal letter should describe yourself and your career interest.

 

Please answer the following questions:

What will you get out of doing an enhanced skills year in emergency medicine?

How would you contribute to the community of emergency medicine upon completion of your residency?

What will do you do if you do not get a position in a CCFP-EM program?

Specifically address why you are suited to the Brandon stream CCFP-EM program at the University of Manitoba.

 

 

 

 

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Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on September 14, 2022


Supporting documents that arrive after file review has opened  on  September 14, 2022


File review includes a scoring system which assigns a percentage for each of the following: letters of reference, personal letter, letter from program director, prior academic performance, maturity/professionalism, collegiality, overall reviewer impression. Additional points are assigned for connection to Manitoba/prior electives in Manitoba or to practicing physicians who are established in a rural Manitoban community.

 

Please note: if you do not know your program director and your site lead is the person who meets with you to review your evaluations and has access to all of your feedback and evaluations, your site lead can provide a letter of reference instead of your program director. 

Current family medicine resident candidates from out of province are welcomed and are considered, out of province practicing physicians will not be considered. 

 


Interviews

Dates:

  • November 3, 2022
Interviews will be held in over zoom on November 3rd.

Please do not contact the program for an interview. 

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
The Selection Committee is chaired by the Program Director. The committee consists of the Brandon site lead, a Brandon community emergency department physician and a resident representative. This committee is responsible for offering and conducting interviews of the candidates. During the covid pandemic, interviews will most likely be conducted via zoom. 


Selection Criteria

The CCFP-EM program at the University of Manitoba aims to have a diversity of residents representing the population that we serve. We have a small program which makes it difficult to fully represent every Manitoban community. All genders, beliefs, ethnicities, and sexual orientations are welcome in our program. The CCFP-EM program is committed to a supportive training environment which demonstrates respect, equity and inclusion. File reviewers and interviewers are selected intentionally to ensure diversity. File reviewers and interviewers must be transparent about personal connections to any candidate to ensure that no candidate is given an advantage or disadvantage by being reviewed or interviewed by a particular person.

 

Selection criteria include:

  • Strong academic record
  • Proven interest in Emergency Medicine, thoughtful review of the challenges and opportunities of training in our program
  • Professionalism
  • Maturity
  • Resilience
  • Good work-life balance
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills/ team player
  • Ability to accept and work with feedback
  • Ability to develop a learning plan based on learner self-assessments and faculty feedback
  • In the case of currently practicing physicians returning to residency, strong preference is given to physicians practicing in Manitoba

Program goals

The goal of the University of Manitoba CCFP-EM program will cover the key priority topics outlined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and CanMeds 2017 key competencies. We aim to provide enhanced skills in Emergency Medicine in order to prepare physicians who are capable of working in urban, rural or remote environments. We hope to train future leaders or teachers in Emergency Medicine who will contribute to their Emergency Medicine community and/or department. 

Selection process goals

As part of its commitment to Manitobans, priority shall be given to candidates who demonstrate intent for future practice in Manitoba (or in proximal jurisdictions served by Manitoba) as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

1. applicants to all programs will describe practice intentions in line with CFPC concepts of community adaptiveness

2. letters of reference or letters of support that reflect the intention to practice in Manitoba (or areas who we serve such as NWT, Nunavut, North-west Ontario)

We aim to select a diversity of candidates who will serve both rural and urban centers. Our program values residents who have strong interpersonal skills, and who are team and community minded.  We select candidates who are professional, mature, self-reflective, have critical thinking skills and are invested in self-improvement. Must be open to constructive feedback and coaching. The program is an intensive year. Candidates must be prepared to meet demands of the program. 

  • All positions are filled through the CaRMS process
  • Strong academic record
  • Proven interest in Emergency Medicine
  • Professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • In the case of currently practicing physicians returning to residency, strong preference is given to physicians practicing in Manitoba

 

File review process

Review team composition : Program director
Site Director
Staff member from Brandon Regional Hospital
Resident rep representative

1-2 faculty members and 1 resident review each resident application file. Each file reviewer completes a scoring system to assist with selecting residents to interview. The file reviewers independently review each file, then a committee meets to review candidates and narrow down the candidates selected for interview.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Roughly 50-60 applicants annually

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %
We interview 20-25 candidates annually. We interviewed 23 candidates in 2021.

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Gives an overview of the candidate, prior experiences, electives, timelines
Electives Emergency medicine, critical care, cardiology, anesthesia, MSK. A broad range of electives is acceptable.
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Demonstrate interests outside of medicine
Leadership skills Demonstrated through personal letter, CV, reference letters, and during interview
MSPRs Not routinely assessed
Personal letters Introduction to the candidate and their interest in EM training, suitability to emergency medicine
Reference documents Demonstrate prior clinical experiences, clinical skill set. professionalism, collegiality
Research/Publications Valuable, not required
Transcripts Demonstrates prior academic performance

Interview process

Interview format :



We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Team work skill essential
Collegiality Global assessment during interview
Communication skills Demonstration of communication skills during the interview
Health advocacy Sensitivity towards vulnerable populations, sensitivity towards diverse patient populations.
Interest in the discipline Assessed through personal letter
Interest in the program Assessed through personal letter
Leadership skills Assessed during file review, may be assessed during interview
Professionalism Strong factor. Growth mindset, commitment to the residency program, self-initiation
Scholarly activities Assessed during file review, not a strong factor
Other interview component(s) The interview committee would like to get a sense of who you are as a person. If you are too prepared for an interview the answers appear rehearsed, less genuine. Looking for a candidate who is a good fit for a rural center.

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:







Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :
   
   
   


Program Highlights

Program Highlights

1. The Brandon program offers the best of both worlds by training in Emergency Medicine at the rural Brandon Regional Health Centre and Winnipeg’s 2 tertiary care centers (Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital) which may offer a more realistic work environment for those who intend to practice in a community or rural setting

2. Exposure to high acuity patients by training at referral centers for the entire province

3. Brandon EM residents are assigned to 1 of 2 Clinical Coaching Teams consisting of 3 main CCFP(EM) preceptors for half of their Brandon EM rotations then switch for the other half of their EM rotations. This allows for more consistent shifts with the same preceptors to allow for more insightful feedback to be provided and the ability of preceptors to observe development of skills.

4. Brandon CCFP(EM) residents develop close relationships with the consultants at the Brandon Regional Health Centre including ICU, Anesthesia, and General Surgery who can easily contact them for any procedures that arise within the hospital (such as intubations, central lines, chest tubes, etc)

5. The Brandon Regional Health Centre is mainly a training site for medical students and family medicine residents which gives CCFP(EM) residents the opportunity to do a majority of the procedures with minimal competition

6. Winnipeg Health Sciences Center is high volume trauma center - no need to do an out of province elective for trauma

7. Excellent longitudinal simulation program with SIM done both at the Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) in Winnipeg and Brandon University (BU) Skills Lab· (For 2022-23 some simulations may occur at the Assiniboine Community College as the BU Skills Lab temporarily undergoes renovation.) Combined SIM with FRCPC residents as well as CCFP(EM) specific sessions in Winnipeg and sessions with CCFP residents in Brandon

· For more information about CLSF please visit https://umanitoba.ca/health-sciences/clinical-learning-and-simulation-program

· For more information about the BU Skills Lab please visit https://www.brandonu.ca/ctlt/learning-spaces/faculty-of-health-studies-lsi/

8. Strong relationship with the FRCP program – shared academic activities and social events

9. Courses Available = ACLS, ACLS Instructor Course, AIME or AIME equivalent, ATLS, PALS, Procedural Sedation Course

10. Incredible Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum resulting Canadian Point-of-Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) IP Core certification

  • Starting in 2021- Both Brandon CCFP(EM) residents have the opportunity to use handheld Butterfly IQ devices to longitudinally develop their POCUS resuscitation skills (advanced cardiac views, pulmonary, and IVC) with CPOCUS Resus Master Instructors which may result in CPOCUS Resus IP certification by the end of the year if desired
  • Opportunity to work with Echo Techs to develop Cardiac POCUS skills

11. Transition to Practice curriculum is currently in development that will provide residents will guidance on job applications, contract negotiation, billing, incorporation, finances (taxes and investments) as well as other relevant topics

12. If a niche is identified such as SIM or POCUS, you will be connected with a mentor to further develop those skills during the year

13. Two-week Orthopedics rotation in Brandon allows CCFP(EM) residents to work exclusively in Fracture Clinic and perform all reductions and other relevant Ortho procedures in the hospital

14. Time granted to complete buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) prescription certification in Manitoba providing exposure to Addictions Medicine

15. STARS and EMS exposure if requested

16. Opportunities to teach medical students and family medicine residents while on shift

Residents receive hands-on exposure to both the agricultural industry and Indigenous communities to enhance understanding of farm injuries, access issues to health care, and lifestyle issues of the rural populations

Small group of collegial, welcoming faculty.

Residents often befriend nurses and faculty members, and are welcomed to socialize with the emergency team. 


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 1 year.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Overview

The CCFP-EM Program is a 1 year extension of family medicine residency, and is intended for those who wish to be better prepared in Emergency Medicine. The CCFP-EM Program is under the auspices of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. It prepares residents for the CCFP-EM Certification in Emergency Medicine. Applicants must have completed the 2 year program in family medicine, prior to commencing the EM program.

The CCFP-EM program runs parallel to the FRCPC-EM program at the University of Manitoba and as such we can offer a rich learning environment. CCFP-EM residents participate in weekly academic full-day, grand rounds, seminars, journal clubs and research activities. Pre-hospital ground and air transport EMS experiences are offered. Part of the academic program involves innovative teaching techniques including a heavy exposure to simulation training in a state-of-the-art simulation center. Residents complete the year with CPOCUS Core Independent Practitioner Certification as well as certification/recertification in ACLS, ATLS, PALS and AIME. The program also offers a procedural sedation course and ALCS instructor course. 

The clinical experience is shared by three central teaching hospitals: Health Sciences Centre, the major regional trauma center; St. Boniface Hospital, the regional cardiac center; Children’s Hospital, the only pediatric referral center in Manitoba. The other half of the year is at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, a busy regional referral centre. 

Manitoba now offers a progressive mentorship program to assist residents in all aspects of their training. This includes support with clinical, academic and personal concerns. Residents are encouraged to utilize this excellent professional resource.

Curriculum

The following is an outline of the specialty rotations (four weeks) undertaken during the R-3 year:

R-3 Rotation

Rotation Duration Location
Anaesthesia 2 weeks Brandon Regional Health Centre
Trauma Rotation 4 weeks Gold Surgery - HSC Winnipeg
Emergency Medicine (Community) 18 weeks Brandon Regional Health Centre
Emergency Medicine (Tertiary) 4 weeks Health Sciences Centre or St. Boniface hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Children’s Hospital
Medical ICU 4 weeks Brandon Regional Health Centre
Surgical ICU 4 weeks HSC or St Boniface General Hospital
Cardiology/CCU 4 weeks 4 weeks of Cardiology at St Boniface Hospital. If you completed a month of cardiology during family medicine rotation then you can do a month of CCU. Cardiology has a strict prerequisite month of cardiology prior to a CCU rotation. 
Plastic surgery 2 weeks If a month of plastic surgery is completed in family medicine you do not need to repeat it but will have elective time instead. 
Orthopedics 2 weeks If a month of orthopedics is completed in family medicine you do not need to repeat it but will have elective time instead. 
Vacation 4 weeks Can be split into 4 week, 2 week or 1 week intervals
EMS/ophthalmology/neurology/addictions medicine exposures   Built-in during emergency medicine rotations

 

Research

Evidence Based Medicine skills are integrated within our core curriculum academic days and journal club. As well, the resident is required to complete a small scholarly project and has an opportunity to present at the annual Dept. of Emergency Medicine Research Day at the end of the academic year.

Academics

There is a protected academic full day each week as a combined day with the FRCP program. Core curriculum is covered in an interactive format under the guidance of academic staff. Residents also participate in faculty rounds that include Dept. of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, monthly Trauma Rounds, and Journal Club. ACLS, ATLS, PALS and AIME are requirements of the program. The resident will have funded opportunity to partake in these courses. The resident is also encouraged to obtain ACLS Instructor certification.

Accreditation

The College last reviewed the program in March 2022. The University of Manitoba Family Medicine program was granted accreditation status. 


Training Sites

Brandon Regional Health Centre

- Regional referral centre for Western Manitoba

- Catchment area = 180,000 

- 27,000 annual visits to the Emergency Department which is open 24/7

- 308 bed hospital

- 10 bed ICU & 11 bed NICU

- 6 surgical suites

- CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine capabilities

- Consultants = General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Urology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Anesthesia, Nephrology

- In-hospital Respiratory Therapists 24/7

- Rehab and palliative care units

- Dialysis Unit

- Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and Addictions Foundation Manitoba adjacent to BRHC

- In-patient psychiatric wards = Center for Adult Psychiatry and Centre for Geriatric Psychiatry

- Off-site is the Child and Adolescent Treatment Centre

- Majority of non-surgical admissions to hospitalist team but also Western Medical and Southbridge Clinic family doctors

- Admissions to Internal Medicine through the Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU)

The BRHC Emergency Department provides 24-hour emergency health care on a priority basis to out-patients from within Brandon and the surrounding area. The department accepts patients from throughout the region for care that cannot be offered in the smaller centres. This care is provided by in-house Emergency physicians and on-call consultants. Brandon Emergency sees over 27,000 visits a year, with a vast variety of patients of all ages and entrance complaints.

BRHC is a proactive and continuously improving medical community. The physicians and nurses work together to find innovative ways to improve our processes to be able to provide clinical-based care in a timely manner. Brandon Emergency was the first department within the province to develop and provide a hyperacute stroke program.

 

 

Winnipeg sites include:

Health Science Centre (HSC) Trauma referral center

820 Sherbrook St.

Winnipeg, MB

R3A 1R9

 

Saint Boniface Hospital Cardiology referral center

409 Tache Ave

Winnipeg, MB

R2H 2A6

 

Grace Hospital Community Hosptial

300 Booth Drive

Winnipeg, MB

R3J 3M7

 

 


Additional Information

  • Compensation is provided for accommodation and travel to Winnipeg for rotations and academic days.
  • Residents have access to an education fund for conferences or educational materials.
  • Full access to the University of Manitoba library and its electronic resources.
  • Residents fall under the PARIM Collective Agreement at www.parim.org.
  • Use of Simulation lab at Brandon University for some academic training.

We are looking for applicants with:

  • A strong medical knowledge base with proficiency in family medicine and other related fields.
  • A definite interest in pursuing a career in rural family / emergency medicine.
  • An active and responsible approach to learning, informal interactions with staff during emergency medicine rotations. Applicants must be prepared to work in an environment where they are given more independence compared to a tertiary centre. 
  • Preferably a reference from a family physician/emergency physician who can affirm your interest and suitability in rural family medicine, as well as your medical knowledge base.

 

Brandon, Manitoba is approximately 2.5 hours west of Winnipeg by car. Brandon is the regional trade, education, and medical service centre for some 180,000 residents of southwest Manitoba.  This is why over 100 doctors and medical specialists call Brandon home. Brandon has a stable, strong, and diverse economy with approximately 2000 businesses that are local, national and international in scope and range from a couple of employees to several thousand.   The agriculture sector, oil industry, retail & service companies along with a solid manufacturing sector keep our economy healthy. There are 8 Medical Clinics with walk-in service, 11 Dental offices and 8 Optometrist offices within the city. Daily flights from Brandon’s modern and spacious airport to Calgary, Alberta via WestJet Encore allows direct access to an international airport; Brandon airport is a 15-minute drive from the centre of the City and offers free parking. Brandon also offers an air shuttle service to Winnipeg International Airport.

 

Housing:

The housing market has always remained very stable in Brandon; the average price of a house in 2021 was $303,431 (Housing Resources). All the housing neighbourhoods include green space, trees and parks. Brandon Area Realtors website includes listings for all the real estate agents within the city: brandonarearealtors.ca

The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Brandon in 2021 was $971 plus utilities based on data from Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation. There are many options for apartments; fuelled by new construction throughout the city including the conversion of downtown historic buildings into unique living space such as the Prairie Lofts project. Resources for finding rental properties in Brandon are available at Rental Property.

 

Recreation & Leisure:

Food

  • Breakfast = Mum’s, Komfort Kitchen (Amazing Sunday Buffet)

- Lunch = Lady of the Lake

-Dinner = Brown’s Social House, The Keg

  • Baked Goods = Chez Angela Bakery, Blue Hills Bakery & Deli, Kuiper’s Family Bakery
  • Pub = The Dock on Princess, Little Bones Wings, Double Decker, Joe Beeverz, Tavern United
  • Indigenous = Indigenous Eats Food Truck, Three Sisters Bannock House

-Indian = Chilli Chutney

- Pakistan = Khan Foods

  • Mexican = Los Brothers Tacos Food Truck, Mariachi Mexican Tacos & Cantina
  • South American = Sabor Latino, Pupuseria La Bendición de Dios
  • Ethiopian = Tana Ethiopian Cuisine
  • Japanese = Kim’s Asian Restaurant, Sushi Hut

-Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai = Kim’s Asian Restaurant

-Filipino = Robyn’s Lechon

  • Middle Eastern = Shawarma Queen, Babkadir Shawarma
  • Pizza = Little Italy, Marino’s Pizza
  • Ice Cream = Velvet Dip, Tastees Ice Cream & Grill

- Craft Beer = Black Wheat Brewing, Section 6

-Annual Great Grey Owl restaurant (https://assiniboine.net/community/news-events/events-mica/great-grey-owl-restaurant

-International Wine and Food Festival (https://assiniboine.net/community/news-events/events-mica/international-wine-food-festival)

Fitness

  • Goodlife, YMCA, Anytime fitness offer opportunities for membership in Brandon and Winnipeg
  • Local facilities include Frederickson Performance Centre, Outperform, Peak Performance & Athletics Centre
  • Yoga = Brandon City Yoga, The Zen Zone, Open Hearts Wellness
  • Crossfit = Rocked Community Fitness, Power Play CrossFit
  • Indoor Cycling = Tour Fit Club
  • Hiking at the Brandon Hills just south of the city or at The Discovery Centre
  • Mountain biking at the Brandon Hills just south of the city
  • Skiing and snowboarding = Travel 2 hours north to Aessessipi Ski Resort to ski or snowboard on the best mountains in the province
  • Canoeing and Kayaking = Travel 1 hour north to Riding Mountain National Park
  • Two indoor public swimming pools
  • Outdoor rubber running track at the Sportsplex
  • Walking/biking path that encompasses the entire city
  • Outdoor fitness equipment along the walking/biking paths within the city and at Riverbank Discovery Centre

 

Entertainment · WHL Hockey team – Brandon Wheat Kings

  • Option to join Dr. Taft Micks at games to develop Sports Medicine skills · The Keystone Centre– over 10 acres of convention, entertainment, agricultural and recreation complex & home ice to the Wheat Kings, all found under one roof · Westman Centennial Auditorium– including performances such as Winnipeg Ballet, concerts, plays, etc
  • Checkout the latest movies at Landmark Cinemas 9 Brandon
  • 5 golf courses in Brandon and 16 more within a 1 hour drive of Brandon · Riverbank Discovery Centre/ Brandon Tourism located beside the Assiniboine river which runs 17 km throughout the City and home to Festival Park and natural walking trails. · Brandon University Bobcats– Basketball and Volleyball · Public Library& Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba - presents national and international exhibitions and works by regional artists
  • Community theatre groups, recreational sports leagues, hobby groups, supports groups and not for profit’s can be found in the Community Contact List. Recreational sports groups include baseball, volleyball, basketball, racquetball, golf, tennis, martial arts, boxing, running, biking, extreme frisbee, etc
  • Bowling, billiards, darts, and arcade games at T-Birds · Brandon University School of Music

 - Concerts and events at The Keystone Centre (https://keystonecentre.com/)

 - Plays and concerts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium (http://wmca.ca/events.html)

 - Exhibitors and art at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (https://agsm.ca/)

Education, Training & Faith:

  • Brandon School Division encompasses 24 schools including elementary, middle years and high schools. The school division offers an Advanced Placement Program as well as French Immersion and a faith-based school.
  • Christian Heritage School is an independent Christian school offering classes from Kindergarten to grade eight. The curriculum is consistent with the Department of Education standards.
  • Brandon University - significant reputation in music, general arts and science programs. Undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, Music, Education, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, and First Nations and Aboriginal Counseling. The University also features graduate degrees in Psychiatric Nursing, Music, Rural Development and Education, as well as pre-professional programs in 19 areas ranging from agriculture to veterinary medicine. Brandon University is also home to the innovative Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies program – the first program of its kind in the country. Average annual enrollment of over 3500 students.
  • Assiniboine Community College – has two locations in Brandon and additional campuses in Dauphin and Winnipeg, and offers over 50 unique programs in the fields of agriculture, environment, business, health and human services, food and hospitality, trades and technology with over 500 full-time and part-time employees and an average annual full-time enrollment over 3,600 including apprenticeships at the two Brandon campuses.
  • The Manitoba Emergency Services College – 37-40 full time enrollment and over 2200 continuing education enrollment each year.
  • There are over 40 Places of Worship in many different denominations

Nearby Provincial Parks

  • Travel 1 hour north to Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park
  • Visit the Whitehouse Bakery for the world’s best cinnamon buns
  • Amazing Italian food at TR McKoy’s Italian Restaurant
  • Rent a kayak or canoe for the day
  • Go to the spa at Elkhorn Resort Spa & Conference Centre
  • Get ice cream at The Boardwalk on Clear Lake
  • Enjoy a drink with pizza at the Canoe Taphouse or The Foxtail
  • Travel 1 hour south to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
  • Brandon’s online photo/video library
  • Fishing, boating and water sports
  • Community Gardens- there are 17 Community Gardens throughout the city

 

Recreation & Leisure: · Brandon’s online photo/video library

  • Walking, biking or hiking trails within the city and in the Brandon Hills just south of the city · Riding Mountain National Park – 1 hour drive north of Brandon · 4 Provincial Parks within a 1-hour drive of Brandon · International Peace Gardens on the Manitoba/North Dakota border 1 hour drive south of Brandon · Downhill skiing 40 minutes away and cross country skiing within minutes of Brandon
  • 5 golf courses in Brandon and 16 more within a 1 hour drive of Brandon · Riverbank Discovery Centre/ Brandon Tourism located beside the Assiniboine River that runs 17 km throughout the City and home to Festival Park and natural walking trails.
  • Fishing, boating and water sports · WHL Hockey team – Brandon Wheat Kings · Brandon University Bobcats – Basketball and Volleyball · Public Library & Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba - presents national and international exhibitions and works by regional artists

-Spend time relaxing at The Hills Spa downtown on Rosser

  • Community theatre groups, recreational sports leagues, hobby groups, supports groups and not for profit’s can be found in the Community Contact List. Recreational sports groups include baseball, volleyball, basketball, racquetball, golf, tennis, martial arts, boxing, running, biking, extreme frisbee, etc · The Keystone Centre – over 10 acres of convention, entertainment, agricultural and recreation complex & home ice to the Wheat Kings, all found under one roof · Brandon University School of Music · Westman Centennial Auditorium – including performances such as Winnipeg Ballet, concerts, plays, etc
  • There are 17 Community Gardens throughout the city · Pelican Lake Sailing Club – 50-minute drive south/east of Brandon · Sand Hills Casino – 1 hour drive east of Brandon

Annual Events include the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Provincial Exhibition (Summer Fair), Fall Fair, Ag Days, Westman Multicultural Festival, Canadian National Arabian and Half Arabian Horse Show, Crusin’ the Dub (downtown car show), Brandon Folk Music Festival, Brandon Jazz Festival, Dakota Nation Winterfest.

For more information on Brandon, visit the following websites.

Economic Development Brandon               City of Brandon   

Prairie Mountain Health          Brandon Tourism                   

Brandon Arts/Culture & Recreation            Brandon Visitor’s Guide           Tourism Westman

 


FAQ

Can I apply for the the Winnipeg stream and Brandon Stream?

 - Answer - Yes, all applicants are welcome to apply for one or both streams being offered.


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