Authored by: Ellen Smirl

Grant: Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty - 2012-2019


Transportation is essential for getting almost everything we need in our daily lives. Finding a job or going to work, getting groceries or other supplies, participating in social activities, accessing healthcare or social services all require the ability to get there. The inability to travel when and where one needs without difficulty can be understood as ‘transportation disadvantage’. A person is more likely to experience transportation disadvantage if they are low-income, minority status, and lack motorized transportation. Our community partners working in the Inner City have told us that many of the people who frequent their services experience transportation disadvantage and that this impacts all other areas of their lives. There is little formal research or data either documenting or tracking transportation disadvantage in Winnipeg. Winnipeg, like many other cities, has seen inequities in where investments have been made. While deep pockets of poverty exist outside the Inner City, the communities within the Inner City boundaries have a long history of concentrated poverty. It is an area that has historically been divided by class and race. We believe that the voices and stories of these individuals and communities are critical in directing develop better policy at all levels of government. This research Summary consulted with 20 Inner City residents to better understand the struggles they have with getting to where they need to go. We also held a townhall on transportation where Inner City residents were invited to participate in developing policy to address transportation disadvantage. The recommendations presented in this report emerged from what we heard.

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