Election Day Is Coming!

Make sure you vote on October 24th, because your vote counts! 

Find out More

It was report card day for the City of Winkler. The 2018 Vital Signs assessment, the second survey of its kind initiated by the Winkler Community Foundation since 2012, was released earlier this week. The report provides a snapshot of the health of the community in a number of aspects including housing, the economy and recreation.

After hundreds of interviews with key stakeholders and community members, lead researcher Carina Cardona notes a number of concerns facing the city including poverty, a lack of affordable housing and long wait times for personal care homes.

While overall poverty rates have also dropped significantly, Cardona notes people are disproportionately impacted by poverty. One in three elderly women is living in poverty, twice the provincial average. Forty percent of single parents are also impacted by poverty. Seniors' mental health rates are also worse than the Manitoba and Canada averages, a concern exacerbated as day programming and a local handi-van service were recently cancelled.

Wait times for personal care homes are also twice as long in Winkler compared to the surrounding region. Young families are also experience wait times as the community only has licensed childcare spaces for 1/10 youth under the age of five.

However, while the first Vital Signs in 2012 provided a baseline, organizers say the new report shows some positive emerging trends.

Home ownership remains high, and the support for immigration remains strong. Winkler also boasts a young labour force with a lower median age compared to the rest of Canada and a population replacement rate that Canada hasn't seen since the early 1970's.

Household income has increased at a rate faster than Manitoba and Canada averages, and the gap between rich and poor remains smaller with more middle-income families.

Entrepreneurship is a continued pillar of the community with self-employment accounting for 66 percent of local businesses.

vital2"we want innovation... not mediocrity," Vallelly says

Crime severity is approximately half of the Canadian average and 88 percent less than the average for prairie provinces.

Vital Signs' Phillip Vallelly says while the report may confirm what many already knew, he hopes the data challenges stakeholders' policies and procedures, "we want innovation... not mediocrity."

"We live in an age with so much opportunity, and we may be growing, but we have a lot of growing pains," Vallelly says. "We're trusting a lot of people with this information to guide us through that process."

The 2018 Vital Signs report is available at the Winkler Civic Centre.

vital3Winkler Community Foundation Executive Director Myra Peters at the unveiling Wednesday

More Local News

Graydon Issues Apology, Will Not Seek Re-election

Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon is "unequivocally apologizing" for inappropriate remarks he made to a staff member at the Manitoba Legislature. In a statement released Wednesday, Graydon said his apology…

Winkler Police Issued 32 Speeding Tickets In School Zones Last Month

More than 30 speeding tickets were issued in school zones last month in Winkler. "It's certainly a concern when there were that many tickets were written," Winkler Police Chief Ryan Hunt explains,…

Transparency Paramount For Morden Council Candidate

When Ray Reidle heard through the grapevine only two councillors were running again for Morden city council, he decided to run. He believes his skills make him a good candidate for the position.…

Winkler/Stanley To Hold Plebiscite On Retail Cannabis Sales

Winkler residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not they would like the retail sale of cannabis to be allowed within the city. A plebiscite on the issue will be held in conjunction…
rcmp cruiser aug2013 3

Cannabis Legal Today In Canada And RCMP Are Prepared

Starting today, cannabis is legal and RCMP are prepared to adjust to this new reality. Sergeant Kyle McFadyen is the Unit Commander for Eastman Traffic Services. He says driving under the influence…

Concerns Raised Over Polling Station Locations

Some concerns have been raised about a number of residents in the Municipality of Rhineland having to go to two separate polling stations this municipal election. 190 voters in Ward 1 of the…

Province Drastically Stiffens Penalties for Distracted Driving

The province announced today an increase of penalties for those caught in instances of distracted driving with an electronic device. Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler outlines the shocking…

RM Of Stanley Finalizes Development Rules For Corridor

The R.M. of Stanley has defined the rules pertaining to development along the corridor between Winkler and Morden through an amended zoning by-law. Reeve Morris Olafson says the updated plan clearly…

MB's "Know My Cannabis Limits" Campaign Begins

The Know My Cannabis Limits education campaign put on by the Province of Manitoba was launched Tuesday. It's phase two of the province's education campaign in preparation for the legalization of…

Municipality of Rhineland Ward 1 Candidates Share Their Visions For The Future

The three candidates hoping to snag one of two available Ward 1 council seats in the Municipality of Rhineland took their platforms to the public last week at a forum in Altona. Larry Fehr isn't…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide