As with any organization, Youth Parliament of Manitoba has defined regulations and governing structures to ensure consistency from year to year.

All aspects of our governance are shaped according to our motto: “By Youth, For Youth.” From this philosophy, all formal governing structures are begotten.

Governing Documents

The governing documents of YPM Inc. include the following:

  • Articles of Incorporation (and associated documents)
  • Bylaws
  • Standing Orders
  • Code of Conduct (adhered to by all members at official events)
  • Western Canada Youth Parliament Act

The official versions of these documents can be downloaded below:

Articles of Incorporation (1983-08-23)62.7 KiB968
Articles of Revival (1988-03-18)29.4 KiB547
Private Act146.7 KiB615
Proxy Form97.0 KiB363
WCYP Act25.4 KiB1035
YPM By-laws476.3 KiB300
YPM Code Of Conduct303.4 KiB282
YPM Standing Orders444.7 KiB256

To suggest a change or for further information about the governing documents, please contact the House Leader.


Standing Orders and Bylaws Organizational Committee (SOBLOC)

The Standing Orders and By-Laws Organizational Committee is a standing committee struck each year in January at the final meeting of the cabinet. This committee is colloquially known by its acronymic name: SOBLOC.

SOBLOC’s terms of reference direct it to review YPM’s governing documents and propose amendments thereto. They report their recommendations for amendments at the AGM.

The committee’s membership is comprised of the following:

  • The House Leader (Chair)
  • The Speaker
  • Members chosen by and from the Cabinet


The Rural Caucus

The collection of members who reside or hold permanent residence outside the political boundaries of the city of Winnipeg form the Rural Caucus. This typically represents around 50% of our membership, including many cabinet ministers.

The Rural Caucus offers a chance for members to join together and discuss issues they have in common with each other. Their activities also include fundraising, carpooling and assisting in planning events throughout the province of Manitoba.

Rural Caucus Constitution


Annual General Meeting

YPM holds its Annual General Meeting each year during the spring. All members are invited to attend and participate as voting members of the organization.

All members are given the chance to discuss and amend the organization’s governing documents, ratify the budget for the fiscal year and hear the Premier’s State of the Corporation address.

Documents from past AGMs are available below for download.

2006 AGM - Agenda269.0 KiB1064
2006 AGM - FY06 - Budget24.0 KiB511
2006 AGM - Minutes132.0 KiB1268
2006 AGM - SOTC214.5 KiB907
2006 AGM - Survey-Results225.5 KiB561
2007 AGM - Agenda32.0 KiB504
2007 AGM - Budget FY07 Document44.5 KiB504
2007 AGM - Order in Council Nov 2006174.5 KiB766
2007 AGM - SOBLOC (A By-laws)238.5 KiB847
2007 AGM - SOBLOC (B Standing Orders)100.0 KiB535
2007 AGM - SOBLOC (D WCYP Act)31.0 KiB803
2007 AGM - SOBLOC Report57.0 KiB556
2007 AGM - SPC Vision Statement56.5 KiB493
2007 AGM - State of the Corporation186.5 KiB604
2007 AGM - Strategic Planning Committee107.0 KiB648
2007 AGM - Year in Review67.5 KiB545
2008 AGM - FY08 - Budget26.0 KiB521
2008 AGM - Minutes126.5 KiB1157
2008 AGM - State of Corporation95.5 KiB558
2012 AGM - Motions12.4 KiB526
2012 AGM - SOBLOC Report15.4 KiB693
2013 AGM Package112.2 KiB48
2014 AGM Package2.3 MiB65
2014 AGM Prep Package181.3 KiB59
2015 Post AGM Package421.1 KiB57
2015 Pre AGM Package173.2 KiB50

Election Meeting

YPM holds its Election Meeting on the evening of the fifth day of the Winter Session, immediately following prorogation.

The Speaker of Winter Session acts as the chairperson of the Election Meeting and the CEO of the elections themselves.

All members* of the corporation are permitted to nominate another member, second a nomination or be nominated themselves to serve on the organization’s board of directors. All members are also given the opportunity to pose questions of the nominees and to vote in the actual elections.

*In accordance with provincial law, all directors of the corporation must be no less than 18 years of age.

2011 Election Meeting - Minutes43.0 KiB1361
2013 Election Meeting - Minutes46.0 KiB689
2014 Election Meeting Minutes214.3 KiB495