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:

1983-08-23 Articles of Incorporation62.7 KiB1020
1988-03-18 Articles of Revival29.4 KiB578
2015 Bylaws476.3 KiB360
2015 Code of Conduct303.4 KiB381
2015 Standing Orders444.7 KiB300
Proxy Form97.0 KiB401
Resolution to Approve Name146.7 KiB650
Resolution to Approve Name - Transcript411.8 KiB0
WCYP Act25.4 KiB1113

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 KiB1119
2006 AGM Minutes132.0 KiB1329
2006 AGM SOTC214.5 KiB956
2006 Fiscal Budget24.0 KiB542
2006 Order in Council174.5 KiB813
2006 Survey Results225.5 KiB592
2007 AGM Agenda32.0 KiB528
2007 Bylaws238.5 KiB896
2007 Fiscal Budget44.5 KiB533
2007 SOBLOC Report57.0 KiB589
2007 SPC Report107.0 KiB679
2007 SPC Vision Statement56.5 KiB523
2007 Standing Orders100.0 KiB566
2007 State of the Corporation186.5 KiB645
2007 WCYP Act31.0 KiB859
2007 Year in Review67.5 KiB575
2008 AGM Minutes126.5 KiB1204
2008 Fiscal Budget26.0 KiB553
2008 State of Corporation95.5 KiB591
2012 AGM Motions12.4 KiB567
2012 SOBLOC Report15.4 KiB740
2013 AGM Package112.2 KiB54
2014 AGM Package2.3 MiB69
2014 AGM Prep Package181.3 KiB64
2015 Post-AGM Package421.1 KiB66
2015 Pre-AGM Package173.2 KiB53

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 KiB1471
2013 Election Meeting Minutes46.0 KiB727
2014 Election Meeting Minutes214.3 KiB537