Introduction 

The quality of life in a community is the opportunity for its residents to meet basic needs for health, personal safety, education, affordable housing and employment. Other quality of life activities in the hierarchy allow residents to achieve personal goals, to interact with others through social and recreational activities, to enjoy the natural environment and to participate in the democratic process.

As we consider the strength of our current economy in 2009 and reflect on the sustainability of the region, innovation, community leadership and engagement in planning our future are of critical importance. It begins with conversations, discussions and debate.

We look forward to hearing about the conversations or debates sparked by Brantford Brant Community Profile 2009 - please let us know how you plan to use it! Give us feedback now and throughout the coming year - remember, indicators of community wellness can be altered! Let us know what you would like included in future reports.

The geographical context and communities included in this report are shown in Section 1.2. Statistics Canada assigned the Brant Census District as a Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in 2006. The CMA designation provides census information published at the census tract level. Census tracts are defined as “small geographic units representing urban or rural neighbourhood- like communities... CT boundaries must follow permanent and easily recognizable physical features... The population of a CT should range between 2,500 and 8,000, with a preferred average of 4,000. (Statistics Canada; 1999:97,99).”

The neighbourhoods and areas have been named following Statistics Canada Census Tracts (CT) numbering and are listed in sections 1.3 and 1.4. The intent of naming was to represent familiar neighbourhoods. The names chosen for each neighbourhood were based on local resident consultations and easily identified places within the CT boundaries.

This report contains indicators of:

  • Social Make-up - demographics
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Crime, Safety and Security
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Income, Prosperity and Poverty
  • Work and Employment

Some indicators that have been included may not represent the entire community. The importance however is not diminished but serves to further our knowledge and
understanding of the community.

Time did not permit an in-depth study to set all baseline factors in all quality of life indicators for this report but indicators on the missing categories will be released in subsequent reports.

Community organizations have contributed people, resources and information to help develop this picture. Public Health, Safety and Social Services wishes to thank
our colleagues and partners publicly for their time and for sharing their information to expand on the socio-economic and health indicators.

The Brantford Brant Community Profile 2009 is a first edition and is not intended to be all encompassing and will in subsequent reports look at other aspects of life
in this community. Other sections and indicators will be added to continuously expand on the dynamic contextual environment in the Brantford Brant Community.

The topics below are outlined in the Introduction section of the attached pdf document.

  • Report Context
  • The Community in Geographical Context
  • City of Brantford Census Map (2006)
  • County of Brant Census Map (2006)

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