U-Pass answers for students

U-PASS – Frequently Asked Questions

1. How did the U-Pass come to exist?

The U-Pass is a universal transit pass, which provides unlimited access to public transit services in exchange for a mandatory fee.

This is a student-led initiative. It was a political platform spearheaded by students at the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association in 2014, mirroring similar progressive U-Pass programs practiced in cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Brandon.

Visit the UWSA website and video about the U-Pass.


2. Who authorized the U-Pass program?

UWSA students voted and passed it in a referendum on October 29, 2014. A strong majority, 81.7%, voted in favor. Winnipeg City Council approved the U-Pass program to begin in the fall of 2016. Students at the University of Manitoba also voted in favor of the U-Pass.


3. Who is included in the U-Pass program?

All full-time undergraduate and graduate students at UWinnipeg are assessed the fee. Full-time means those taking 9 credit hours or more per term. Part time students are exempt from the U-Pass.


4. How much does it cost?

U-Pass fees are $130 per term for the 2016/2017 academic year, or $260 for a full academic year (September – April).


5. When will I be charged for the U-Pass?

The U-PASS charge will be applied to all full-time student accounts for each fall and winter term. The fee may not be applied concurrently with other fees, and may be applied to your account up to a week afterwards and no earlier than July 11, 2016.Students should review their accounts prior to the payment deadline and during the add/drop full refund period to ensure their balances are paid each term.


6. Can students opt-out? (Why not?)

Enrollment for full-time students is mandatory, as per the student referendum and legal Winnipeg City Council directive. There are exemptions that apply for some students – those that use
Handi-Transit, and students that live outside of the Winnipeg Transit service area.


7. Can students transfer their pass to someone else?

No, the U-Pass is linked to a student number and is non-transferrable.


8. Where and when can students use the U-Pass?

The U-Pass can be used on all Winnipeg Transit buses in the City of Winnipeg, once registration has occurred and the pass is picked-up. Students can use their U-Pass to ride Winnipeg Transit buses from September to April. No extra fares would be charged during that time.


9. What are the benefits of the U-Pass program?

The U-Pass is cost-effective and sustainable. It costs less than half the price of a post-secondary bus pass, invests in Winnipeg Transit, cuts down on traffic congestion in Winnipeg, provides parking cost relief, and cuts carbon emissions.


10. How and where can students get a U-Pass?

Full-time Students may obtain their pass from the UWSA Info Booth in Centennial Hall from August 8, 2016 onward.


11. Can part-time students access a U-Pass?

At this time the U-Pass is only available to full-time students. Part-time students are still eligible to obtain a student bus pass at a discounted rate similar to previous years.


For further information please visit:  http://theuwsa.ca/u-pass/

Questions and comments: u-pass@theuwsa.ca



  • Rick Demas said...

    I am a sponsored student and we receive the equivalent of student fare each month. But I live within walking distance from the UW so I walk every day. As a single student I do not qualify for rental subsidy for my apartment. Indian Affairs hasn’t raised living allowances since the late 1970’s. I will lose my transit subsidy and part of my living allowance. Thanks a lot for your insight.

    • Communications said...

      Thank you for your message. The UWSA will follow up with you. In the meantime, please direct any questions to u-pass@theuwsa.ca.

  • Rick Demas said...

    If the UPass is charged to my account, what would happen if I don’t pick up my UPass. Would I get a credit at the end of the season?

    • Communications said...

      Thank you for your message. The UWSA will follow up with you. In the meantime, please direct any questions to u-pass@theuwsa.ca.