Brandon’s Culture Plan Merits Manitoba Planning Excellence Award

May 23, 2017


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s collaborative work to develop a cultural vision for the community to help guide the success of its cultural sector over the next five to ten years has been recognized by its peers with a provincial planning excellence award.

The work done by City of Brandon Community Development staff to develop and implement the City of Brandon Culture Plan was honoured with a Manitoba Planning Excellence Award at the annual Manitoba Planning Conference in Winnipeg earlier in May. The award acknowledge individuals, organizations, companies, and Manitoba municipalities and planning districts in their efforts to enhance communities through innovative and high-quality planning initiatives.

The City of Brandon Culture Plan, completed in June of 2016, is the result of comprehensive engagement with the community. Public engagement for the Culture Plan took place over a number of months and included feedback from more than 200 participants, who voiced their thoughts on what culture in Brandon could be.

“There is a growing recognition across Canada of the importance of creativity, culture, and quality of place in growing local economies,” says City of Brandon Community Development Coordinator Angie Veilleux. “The creation of Brandon’s Culture Plan has allowed us to identify and support elements of our community’s creative economies and we are now much better-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities produced by changing local, national, and global economies.”

Veilleux notes that since its adoption by Brandon City Council approximately one year ago, various elements of the Plan have already been implemented, including core work done by City of Brandon Community Development staff to deepen the linkages between the municipal organization and various culture groups such as the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and the Manitoba Arts Council.  She adds that the Plan has also allowed for the integration of a “cultural lens” into City of Brandon planning and decision-making processes, has already begun to enhance the amount of visual arts being displayed in City-owned facilities, and is working to engage youth and generate new ideas for programs and activities to broaden cultural tourism in Brandon.

The full City of Brandon Culture Plan document is available on the City of Brandon website at