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Why Assiniboine?

Instructor Kyle Zalluski stands in front of a white board talking to students inside the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts

The college has three campuses in Brandon, as well as campuses in both Dauphin and Winnipeg. We also partner with communities and organizations to deliver training and programs throughout the province. Our campuses are located on the traditional lands of Anishinaabeg (Ojibway), Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and home of the Métis nation.

Each year we welcome about 3,600 full-time students to study in more than 50 certificate, diploma, post-graduate and apprenticeship programs. Assiniboine is a major employer in the Westman region with over 500 full- and part-time staff members and an annual provincial economic impact of $612 million.

One of the most exciting things on the horizon for Assiniboine is the continued development of our North Hill campus in Brandon. Once the former site of the Brandon Mental Health Centre, campus development started a decade ago and is now home to the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology and Sustainable Greenhouse.

Why Brandon?

Some would say, Brandon, Manitoba is an ideal sized city; large enough to afford many of the amenities you would find in bigger centres, but with the pace (and transit time) of a smaller community. Nestled along the Assiniboine River, Brandon is a friendly, growing city that continues to see the benefits of multiculturalism as individuals and families from across Canada and around the globe have decided to make it their home.

Brandon downtown with bus and trees

It’s one of few small cities across Canada that is home to both a university and college, and it is increasingly becoming a post-secondary destination for both domestic and international students.

Art lovers will have an opportunity to frequent the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and The Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art. For many years, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has organized performances at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Professional and amateur musical, dance and theatre performances take place year-round.

Sports fans will find themselves in good company cheering on many home teams including the Brandon Wheat Kings, Brandon Marlins, and Cloverleafs. Our own Assiniboine Cougars varsity teams include soccer, volleyball, futsal and women’s hockey. With over 44 km of paved walking/biking paths and hiking trails connecting the community, outdoor enthusiasts will get their fill of sunshine year round—even in the colder winter months.

The Brandon Airport offers daily direct flights to Calgary. Winnipeg is located 200 km east and provides the amenities and attractions typically found in a city its size.

Brandon is a fantastic community to raise a family in. There are many activities and attractions year-round including the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Summer Fair, Music in the Parks series, and Winter Festival.

Manitoba as a whole remains one of the most affordable places in Canada to live.