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Provincial cuts to UWinnipeg’s funding to increase financial and academic challenges for students amid global pandemic.

May 11th, 2020

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Provincial cuts to UWinnipeg’s funding to increase financial and academic challenges for students amid global pandemic.

WINNIPEG [Treaty 1 Territory] May 11, 2020 – On May 11, 2020, UWinnipeg announced that the Government of Manitoba has cut the University of Winnipeg’s (UWinnipeg) operating grant by 3.7 per cent, amounting to a $2.3 million reduction, even as post-secondary students deal with uncertainties due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the third year in a row that the province has cut post-secondary operating grants.

Since enrolment for the Spring/Summer term at UWinnipeg has increased, these cuts will put pressure on administrators to offer high-quality education, while also striving to provide the financial and academic support that students need as they deal with uncertainty.

“Students are facing reduced course options for the spring term, and with the current economic instability, this news is profoundly disappointing,” says Jibril Hussein, President of the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. “Cuts to the operating grant and the University’s budget will probably mean fewer course options for students, and higher tuition costs to make up for the lost revenue. This, coupled with the economic downturn due to COVID-19, presents one of the worst financial futures students have ever faced.”

Hussein agrees that critical financial decisions need to be made during an economic crisis but defunding educational institutions is not a sustainable strategy. 

“Investment in post-secondary education is not only vital for the wellbeing of all of its students, but for the province’s future as well,” he says. 

According to UWinnipeg, funding cuts will impact their ability to meet the significant demand increase the University is currently experiencing. 

“I’ve witnessed the adverse effects that the current public health situation has had on both academic life and mental health of students at the University,” says Melanie William, UWSA Vice-President Student Affairs. “Budgets are about choices, and this choice sends a clear message that students are not a priority for this government.”

The University of Winnipeg plans to present its revised budget to the Board of Regents in June. In order to avoid layoffs, their focus will be on non-salary reductions as they pivot to meet the growing demand for educational programs. 

About UWSA

Established in 1972, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) democratically unites the students of the University of Winnipeg in order to advance student interests. As well as promoting communication within the University, the UWSA advocates on behalf of students to administrative bodies.


For further information, contact:

Shreya Jhunjhunwala 
Communications Manager
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association
0R30 – 515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
(204) 962-7023

Student Safety Tips: Safe Removal of Needles

September 11th, 2018

Needles should be disposed of it safely. However, discarded needles are sometimes found in public areas. Safe disposal saves yourself and others from getting hurt accidentally.

  1. Always use sharps disposal containers to dispose of needles safely. These containers can be found in the following washrooms:
    – AxX Washrooms, both genders
    – Bullman Center, both washrooms,
    – RecPlex Main Floor Entrance, Accessible Washroom
  2. Don’t try to pick up and dispose needles if you see them and stay an arm’s length away. Some needles might be contaminated. Campus Security is trained to dispose needles safely. Call them at (204) 786-6666 and give them details of the location.
  3. Be careful when disposing feminine hygiene products and waste. Don’t put your hand inside waste receptacles.
  4. If you accidently get pricked by a needle, call security and go to the nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention.

UWSA Election 2016 Results

March 3rd, 2016


Congratulations to all candidates in the UWSA Election 2016!
Here are your election results:

President: Kevin Settee
Yes  614
No  55
Spoilt  78

Vice President Internal Affairs: David Fanhbulleh
David Fanhbulleh 362
Jonathan Northam 303
Spoilt 82

Vice President External Affairs: Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie
Yes 604
No 57
Spoilt 86

Vice President Student Affairs: Laura Garinger
Laura Garinger 404
Alexa Potashnik 257
Spoilt 86

Accessibility Director: Mohamed Behi
Yes 623
No 33
Spoilt 91

Arts Director: Adrienne Tessier
Adrienne Tessier 344
Julianne Petrasko & Sydney Christie 282
Spoilt 121

Business and Economics Director: Mitchell Van Ineveld
Yes 598
No 39
Spoilt 110

Community Liaison: Abigail Pudwill & Andrew Vineberg
Yes 623
No 48
Spoilt 76

Education Director: Allan Dunkeld
Yes 584
No 39
Spoilt 110

Environmental Ethics Director: Oladele Ojewole
Avery Letkeman 248
Oladele Ojewole 381
Spoilt 118

LGBT* Director: Jacqueline Pelland
Yes 563
No 55
Spoilt 129

Part-Time & Mature Students Director: Laura Gurbhoo & Hazim Ismail
Yes 575
No 36
Spoilt 136

Science Director: Mohamed Abo Aoun
Mohamed Abo Aoun 247
Raphael Hoult 189
Meghan Fehr & Lochlan Wilson 246
Spoilt 65

Status of Woman Director: Jade DeFehr
Yes 591
No 24
Spoilt 32

University of Winnipeg Senate: David Wiebe
Yes 587
No 37
Spoilt 123

Voter Turnout: 8.2%

Thank you to those of you who came out to vote!
** ‘Spoilt’ includes spoilt votes and “blank votes” within the candidate box on the ballot

By-Election Results

October 30th, 2015

The By-election Polls closed this week, and the results are in!

Rec & Athletics Director – Mallory Black





Community Liaison Director – Oladele Ojewole





Science Co-Directors – Samantha Tinkler & Julie Piché





Congrats to all of the Candidates and Directors!

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