Registration for Winter Session is now OPEN.
Winter Session is our premiere event. Every year since 1922, we have held a parliamentary session at the Manitoba Legislature in Downtown Winnipeg, a proud tradition that continues to this day.
- Date: 26-31 December
- City: Winnipeg
- Location (debate): Manitoba Legislature, 450 Broadway
- Location (overnight): Kelvin High School, 155 Kingsway
- Age Range: 16-20
- Cost: $120 ($110 before Nov. 10)
- Maximum Attendance: 100
What to Expect at Winter Session
During a typical day at Winter Session members have the chance to sit in the legislative chamber to debate legislation that has been drafted by members of our Cabinet, have lunch with the leaders of our province, and relax with fellow members back at Kelvin High School where all members stay.
Check out our photos from previous Winter Sessions!
Accommodations at Winter Session
Sleeping accommodations are provided for all members at Kelvin High School. After spending an amazing day at the Legislative building, there is nothing like changing into some comfortable clothing and relaxing into the wee-hours of the morning with friends around the school. The lounge and gymnasium provide the perfect settings to bond further with all the new people you will meet. While the gym acts as an outlet for any energy you have, the lounge provides the perfect place to kick back and relax with numerous couches and armchairs just waiting to be sat in.
Sleeping accommodations have the females’ beds located on the second floor of the school while the males’ beds are located in a wing of the basement. This leaves the cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, lounge and entire main floor open to all members. Male and female sleeping quarters are of course off limits to members of the opposing sex; this includes drop-off and pick-up times when parents/guardians are around as well.
What to bring
You can download our handy packing list here.
Please visit the pages in this section for more information on Winter Session.
While at the overnight accommodations, member dress is casual. Accordingly, it is a good idea to bring:
- sweats, comfy Pjs, jeans, tees, hoodies, etc.
- slippers, or indoor shoes
Not to be worn at the Residence: anything low-cut, or otherwise overtly revealing
While in the House for debate, members are expected to dress in appropriate parliamentary attire, as outlined in the Code of Conduct below (section 3).
The Executive of YPM reserves the right to ask a member to change if they feel that said member is dressed inappropriately at Session.
Code of Conduct
All members attending YPM’s sessions must agree to abide to the YPM Code of Conduct. It consists of some basic guidelines concerning the behaviour of members while participating in official events that ensures that all members are treated with dignity and respect.
- All members shall adhere to the following rules while attending events hosted by YPM Inc.:
- Members shall respect other people, their property and their privacy.
- Members shall not engage in displays of affection of a sexual nature.
- Members shall not consume alcohol.
- All members of YPM Inc. shall adhere to the following rules while attending legislative sessions sponsored in part or in whole by YPM Inc.:
- Members shall not invite non-members to visit the facilities designated for accommodations without first obtaining permission of the Board or the Board’s designate.
- Members shall not enter the sleeping areas of the opposite sex.
- Members shall maintain a respectful level of clothing cover.
- Members shall not leave the designated event grounds without first obtaining the permission of the Board or the Board’s designate.
- Members shall be present for debate and are expected to notify the Board or the Board’s designate if they are cannot be present.
- All members of YPM Inc. shall dress in a dignified and proper manner befitting a Member of Parliament and shall adhere to the following dress regulations while attending parliamentary sessions sponsored in part or in whole by YPM Inc.
- Members shall not wear denim, hats, open-toed shoes, sneakers, or wallet chains.
- Male members shall wear business attire including a tie and shall wear a suit jacket, dress sweater or formal vest when speaking in the House.
- Female members shall wear business attire including such things as a suit, blouse, slacks or skirt that ends no higher than the top of the knee. Female dress shall not be low-cut. Midriffs and shoulders must be covered.
Youth Parliament of Manitoba takes its Code of Conduct very seriously. Failure to adhere to the code of conduct may result in expulsion from YPM events.
Backbenchers’ House Guide
Feel free to download and view Backbenchers’ House Guide available below. It will inform first year members of everything they need to know about the legislative and debating process used at YPM.