CBC Manitoba

Baby food or a bus pass? A TV or a telephone?

About 100,000 Manitobans make these decisions every day. They live below the poverty line. Some are the poorest of the poor in the country.

Who they are and where they live will surprise you.


Making Ends Meet
InteractiveMaking Ends Meet
You don't have much money, but you do have a lot of choices.
Who's accountable?
Live ChatWho's accountable?
A round table on poverty.
Fighting poverty
PerspectivesFighting poverty
What stakeholders and anti-poverty activists say.
Measuring Poverty
FeatureWho's to say I am poor?
Looking at the three low-income measures.


Refugees have a particularly hard time making ends meet.
Single Parents
PerspectiveSingle Parents
Single parents are poorer than their married counterparts.
The Working Poor
PerspectiveThe Working Poor
You can work and still be poor.
The Disabled
PerspectiveThe Disabled
Earn about $10,000 a year less than those without a disability.
For many older Manitobans on fixed incomes the "golden years" aren't exactly brilliant.
Aboriginal people
PerspectiveAboriginal people
Manitoba has the largest per capita Aboriginal population in Canada.

Poverty by Area

Most of Manitoba's poor live in Winnipeg. The city’s poorest neighbourhood is Lord Selkirk Park where 68 percent of the people in the community live below the LICOs-IAT poverty line. Two-thirds of Lord Selkirk Park’s residents are Aboriginal and more than a third of them are nine-years-old or younger. More than half of Lord Selkirk Park’s residents age 15 years and older have no educational certificate, diploma or degree and the unemployment rate is 18.7 percent. The median household income is $15,552 and most people rent their homes for an average of $436 a month. Many residents of this community have moved here within the past decade - a typical pattern for those who move frequently in hopes of finding better accommodations, because of evictions, and changing circumstances.

  • Legend (percentage low income):
  • 0-19%
  • 20-39%
  • 40-59%
  • Over 60%

*City of Winnipeg and Statistics Canada data showing family income in Winnipeg by neighbourhood. Some data is unavailable due to small neighbourhood population size.

Did you know?

Feeding the poor

Nearly 50,000 Manitobans received help from food banks last year, an increase of almost 20 percent from the previous year. Of those who receive food from food banks, nearly half are children. Winnipeg Harvest delivers food to programs in 26 schools across the city. The Winnipeg One School Division funds food programs in 41 of their schools.