Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) is one of the oldest model parliaments in the Commonwealth, having held sessions continuously since 1922. We are a non-partisan, non-denominational, and incorporated registered charity.
What we do
Every year, YPM holds a model parliamentary session at the Manitoba Legislative Building. This event, called Winter Session, takes place overnight between December 26-31. All Manitoban youth aged 16-20 are invited to sit as members at Winter Session, where they will be taking part in stimulating debate on a broad range of issues relevant to youth. Members will have the opportunity to voice their opinions concerning the proposed legislation and develop amendments to improve them.
Winter Session is not only for students interested in politics or debating; it’s for all young people who want to improve their public speaking, meet other people their age from across the province, and much more! Even if you know nothing about politics or the parliamentary process, Winter Session is a great way for you to take the first step towards being an engaged, informed citizen.
To foster amongst the youth of Manitoba an understanding of, interest in, and engagement with the Canadian democratic parliamentary process that would enable their active participation in society as responsible citizens. In so doing, YPM strives to encourage the growth of the individual and their abilities through their exposure to a diversity of ideas and perspectives and the fellowship of their peers.
Who we are
YPM is run according to our motto, “By Youth, For Youth.” The organization is the five members of our board of directors (Parliamentary Executive), who are all between the ages of 18 and 25 and are directly elected by and from the membership.
The success of Winter Session is also contingent on YPM’s Cabinet, our organizing committee. Cabinet consists of around 20 members named by the Executive. Their duties span all aspects of running Session, from food preparation, to public relations, to drafting the legislation to be debated.
Members of YPM come from all corners of the province. All youth between 16-20 are eligible to register as members. YPM does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ability, financial status, religion, or ideological beliefs. Prospective members who require financial assistance are encouraged to visit this page for more information.
YPM’s crest was redesigned for the 96th Winter Session by YPM Senator Madeline Metcalfe (90–94th Session).
The mace, which has become a recognizable symbol of YPM, sits at the top of the crest and represents our connection to Westminster Parliamentary Democracy. The polar bear and bison, together with the crocus (Manitoba’s official flower), represent our connection to the land which we inhabit. The wheat serves to represent the historical role of agriculture in Manitoba’s history and economy, as well as echo the Golden Boy on top of the Manitoba Legislature. The Golden Boy is itself a symbol of youthfulness, optimism, and prosperity. Thus, our crest represents the traditions our Parliament rests upon and the northern and southern reaches of our province coming together.