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As the second largest city in Manitoba, Brandon is fortunate to have excellent educational facilities that include a public school system, a university, several colleges and private vocational schools to meet the learning needs and career aspirations of all students. The public school system prides itself on providing student focused learning environments. Public and post secondary institutions are large enough to offer a wide range of educational and student support services but small enough to recognize individual needs and provide personalized learning experiences.  As a result of this strong educational foundation Brandon’s citizens have proven to be an extremely stable, committed and well educated work force.    

 If you are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, you do not have to pay to send your children to public school. Parents can also choose to place their children in private schools. Public schools are paid by taxes while private schools are supported partly by government grants and partly by tuition fees paid by parents.


Parents in Manitoba are encouraged to become involved in their children's education. Most schools invite parents to join parent councils. The councils organize special programs and events, fundraise for the school, and give advice on school needs and priorities. Parents are also invited to discuss any concerns with the teachers and principals.


Most children in Manitoba start school when they are five years old. They go to kindergarten for half a day during the first year then full days from Grade one to twelve. The school year runs from September to June each year. English is the main language of instruction with some schools also offering instruction in French. If you would like more information about the school system in Manitoba, please visit the link below

Brandon School Division No. 40
The Brandon School Division has approximately 8,900 students and approximately 1,500 staff members. It encompasses 24 schools, 20 of which are located within the City of Brandon. There are four(4) high schools and 20 early and middle year schools in the Brandon School Division. French Immersion programming is offered from K-12 at four (4) division schools, École O’Kelly School at CFB Shilo, École New Era School, École Harrison and École Secondaire Neelin High School. The division also offers an Advanced Placement program at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School and Vincent Massey High School as well as Vocational Training at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.


The School Division is governed by a board of locally elected trustees, therefore there is a great deal of accountability to the people they serve. Board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month with exception being made in July, August and December. All meetings are open and the public is always welcome. Please visit the Brandon School Division webpage at to find out more.


Extra-curricular sports and school activities such as choir, band, drama, academic skill contests, clubs and volunteer groups are an important part of the social portion of the school system. Brandon schools offer organized sports teams as a means of building school pride and student engagement. Sports offered include badminton, basketball, baseball, curling, fastball, football, golf, hockey, rugby, soccer, track & field, volleyball and many others. 

Brandon University 

The service Brandon University provides to Western Manitoba is unique. As Canada’s finest regional university, we serve our community by creating and sharing knowledge with the country and the world, though research and teaching.


With some of the lowest class sizes in Canada, BU provides a personalized education not available anywhere else, offering unparalleled access to professors and undergraduate research opportunities.


Founded in 1899, Brandon University now boasts an average enrolment of 3,500 students in the faculties of Arts, Education, Health Studies and Science, as well as the School of Music. The university offers a full slate of undergraduate programs, master’s degrees in five areas, and a graduate diploma option, while remaining small enough to support a welcoming environment for all. Brandon University ensures a strong foundation for students who plan to pursue specialized education, with pre-professional programs in 19 areas, ranging from agriculture to veterinary medicine. BU is also an innovator. Programs such as Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies, Native Studies, the Master of Psychiatric Nursing program, and the IshKaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Department of Visual Art were among the first of their kind in Canada.


At BU, we believe that real-world experience complements quality education. With an extensive and growing Co-operative Education Program, plus practical experience built into other programs, nearly every BU student has the opportunity to include work-integrated learning in their university degree.


Brandon University invests greatly in support for our students, including comprehensive academic advising, individual career planning, personal counselling and robust accessibility services. The BU Indigenous Peoples’ Centre provides students with a culturally relevant place to relax and socialize on campus, while providing access to the wisdom of Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Brandon University has an active Student Leader program, with further student-led clubs and activities providing endless opportunities for enrichment.


The success of BU’s approach is shown in our alumni, with graduates playing important leadership roles in their communities. A survey of graduates has shown that 98 per cent of them would recommend Brandon University, while 93 per cent that they were prepared to excel in the workforce.


A jewel at the heart of Brandon, BU’s campus is a gathering place for the community, with dynamic architecture and public art set among an oasis of quiet green space. The Bobcats Athletics program has produced national-calibre teams in volleyball, basketball and soccer, while their home, the Healthy Living Centre, is open to the entire community and provides a modern and inviting place to exercise. BU’s renowned Music program entertains us with concerts by visiting professional musicians and the stars of tomorrow at our own student performances.


We hope you’ll be part of the BU community!

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Assiniboine Community College 

Assiniboine Community College offers over 50 unique certificate, diploma and advanced credential programs across a variety of disciplines including culinary arts and hospitality, business, agriculture and environment, health and human services, trades and technology. They also deliver apprenticeship programming in a range of skilled trade disciplines. 

Assiniboine is currently in the process of expanding and relocating to its North Hill campus. The expansion began in 2007 with the opening of the state-of-the-art Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, repurposing a heritage building on the site. Following that was the construction of the Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology in 2010, and most recently the Sustainable Greenhouse.


The college employees more than 500 part- and full-time employees and has enrolment of about 3,600 full-time and 6,000 part-time students, with the largest concentration of staff and students in Brandon. 94% of the graduating students have gained employment and 91% of the graduates have a career related to their studies.

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Assiniboine Community College Adult Collegiate  

Assiniboine Community College’s adult learning programming is available at the Adult Collegiate at the Brandon Victoria Ave Campus. The Adult Collegiate is for those who want to achieve a Mature Student High School Diploma or complete their regular High School Diploma to meet entrance requirements for post-secondary education, or to increase their competitiveness in the job market. We offer flexible and affordable options for getting a high school diploma or additional courses. 

Manitoba Emergency Services College 
Manitoba Emergency Services College is an educational institution unique to Brandon. The Emergency Services College is committed to providing superior emergency response training programs that meet the needs of emergency services and industry. The College offers a full time program for persons interested in a career in the Emergency Services field. The classroom maintains a full compliment every year and provides continuing education to over 2600 students per year. 


Program areas include: Fire and Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response, Building and Fire Code Use and Application, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, Investigations, Emergency Services Management, Industrial Fire and Rescue, Industrial Response to Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical and Public Safety.  


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