U-Pass Program Suspended for the 2021-22 Academic School Year

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U-Pass Referendum 2022 Facts

The U-Pass is a student-led initiative, and we need direction from students again. The U-Pass has not been offered since the pandemic-related closure of campus and a new fee is required to be approved by UWinnipeg students in order to reinstate the program effective September 2022. We are holding a referendum during the 2022 General Elections so that UWinnipeg students can vote on whether they would like to reinstate the U-Pass program.

Referendum Question

  • Do you support the UWSA reinstating the U-Pass once the majority of University of Winnipeg courses are offered in-person, providing unlimited ongoing access to Winnipeg Transit for all full-time students, for a fee of $212.00 per term (adjusted annually to maintain a 50% discount from the Full Adult Transit Fare)?

The options are:

  • Yes, I am in favour of reinstating the U-Pass.
  • No, I vote to end the U-Pass.

What does a ‘Yes’ vote mean?

  • A ‘Yes’ vote means that the UWSA will reinstate the U-Pass to students at the rate of $212 per term (adjusted annually to maintain a 50% discount from the Full Adult Transit Fare) once the majority of 2022/23 UofW courses are offered in-person. This means that you will have unlimited access to Winnipeg Public Transit.

What does a ‘No’ vote mean?

  • A ‘No’ vote would lead to the end of the U-Pass program. The alternative would be to purchase a Post-Secondary Semester Bus Pass that costs (presently) $288/term or another Post-Secondary bus fare product.

How do I Vote?

  • You can vote in the UWSA General Elections on March 7, 8, and 9. On Monday, March 7 at 9 AM, an email will be sent to your UWinnipeg Email about your voting information.

What happens to the U-Pass if the majority of University of Winnipeg courses are not offered in-person to students for the 2022/23 Academic School year due to the pandemic?

  • The UWSA will have the option to temporarily suspend the U-Pass Program commencing at the beginning of the next full Fall Term or Winter Term that is to start. As a result, the program would be active and students at the UWinnipeg would not be required to pay U-Pass fees, and students will not have access to the U-Pass. Students will still be able to purchase the Post-Secondary Semester Bus Pass or other Post-Secondary bus fare products at Winnipeg Transit retail locations.
  • The U-Pass would automatically start again, for the following term, if the majority of University of Winnipeg courses are offered in-person to students.

U-Pass Information

The U-Pass is a universal bus pass program where all full-time UWinnipeg students pay a fee at the beginning of each term and receive an unlimited access bus pass for the Fall and/or Winter Term (September – December / January – April) at a subsidized rate. The U-Pass has not been offered since the pandemic-related closure of campus and a new fee is required to be approved by UWinnipeg students in order to reinstate the program effective September 2022.

Usage + Who receives it

  • In Fall 2019, approximately 6000 U-Passes were activated at UWinnipeg According to Winnipeg Transit’s review in 2017 and 2018. Approx. 90% of students used a U-Pass, with 53% using it on a daily basis or more.
  • If reinstated, all full-time UofW students (9 credit hours or more in one term) are enrolled in the U-Pass program. In addition, users and students residing outside city limits have the option to Opt-Out of the U-Pass.

Quick History of U-Pass Fees:

  • The U-Pass launched at $130 per term for the 2016/2017 Fall/Winter terms.
  • The U-Pass fee for Fall 2019, Winter 2020, the last term it was active, was $136.25 per term.
  • The last approved U-Pass fee for Fall, 2020 was $160.75 per term.
  • The U-Pass fee for Fall, 2022 is $212 per term.


  • 2022/23 U-Pass fees (presently a 26% discount from the Post-Secondary Semester Pass and 50% discount from the Full Adult Bus Fare).
    • $212 per term
    • $424 from September – April

The cost of the U-Pass is will be adjusted annually to maintain a 50% discount from the Full Adult Transit Fare. The rate of discount from a Post-Secondary Semester Pass (presently 26%) could fluctuate as annual rate changes typically occur, although we believe this level of discount should be generally stable.

Student Initiative

  • This U-Pass is a student-led initiative spearheaded by students at the UWSA in 2014, mirroring U-Pass programs practiced across Canada. UWinnipeg students voted and passed in a referendum on October 29, 2014, with a majority vote of 81.7% in favour of establishing a U-Pass.

 You can download a PDF of the facts here: U-Pass Referendum 2022 Facts

Peggo Card Pickup

Students with lost or defective Peggo cards can now make an appointment to schedule to pick up replacement cards. Info Booth is open by appointment only. Please email infobooth@theuwsa.ca to make an appointment. Replacement cards cost $10 and only contactless debit/credit card payments will be accepted at this time.

About the UWSA Transit Subsidy Program:

The U-Pass program is suspended for the 2021-22 academic year but students-in-need can now apply for a UWSA Transit Subsidy through the UWinnipeg awards office. This subsidy will reimburse towards the cost difference roughly equivalent ($83) to the projected cost of the UWSA U-Pass for full-time graduate and undergraduate UWinnipeg students-in-need.

For information on the subsidy and the application process, please click here: UWSA Transit Subsidy Program

About U-Pass

The U-Pass is a universal bus pass program where students pay a fee at the beginning of each term and receive a bus pass that is valid for the Fall and Winter Term (September – April). With a U-Pass, all students at the University of Winnipeg will be able to access Winnipeg Transit services any time, anywhere across the city. In 2014, students initiated work toward developing a U-Pass program at UWinnipeg.

Read more about the history of the U-Pass here: U-Pass History

Who gets a U-Pass?

Each term, all full-time undergraduate students and graduate students who are assessed as full-time status by grad studies, at the University of Winnipeg automatically get a U-Pass. This means at registration, full-time students pay a U-Pass fee. A full-time student is a student who is taking nine or more credit hours in one term.

Transit Plus users can use their U-Pass to access Transit Plus Services. This means, Transit Plus users will be assessed the U-Pass fee each term they are full-time students. Transit Plus users may have the option to opt-out, as well.

If you have been assessed the fee for January 2021, please contact UWinnipeg Financial Services at studentfinancial@uwinnipeg.ca or call 204.786.9244 or 204.786.9884 to request a refund.

How much is a U-Pass?

Since the U-Pass program is suspended for the 2021-22 academic year, students can choose to purchase a post-secondary semester pass for the 2021 Fall Term, starting in September. The post-secondary semester pass costs $283 and allows students unlimited access to transit from September- to December.

Full-time UWinnipeg students-in-need might be eligible to receive a transit subsidy in Fall 2021 to cover the cost difference equivalent ($83) to a U-Pass.

Students can also choose to purchase 14-day, 28-day, monthly and annual passes at post-secondary rates, at Winnipeg Transit retail locations (like 7-11 and Shoppers Drugmart). However, these passes are not included in the UWSA Transit subsidy program.

Who do I contact with questions?

Students can visit Info Booth on the main floor of Centennial Hall. Info Booth is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Students can also e-mail Info Booth staff with their U-Pass and Winnipeg Transit concerns atinfobooth@theuwsa.ca.

When emailing us about lost or defective Peggo and Post-Secondary Cards, please mention the following:

  • Full Name
  • Student Number
  • Contact Details
  • Details of the Issue

How long is the U-Pass program suspended for?

The U-Pass program is currently suspended for the 2020-21 academic year only. 

Depending on the public health situation and campus closure, the U-Pass may or may not be provided for the 2021-22 academic year.

Your U-Pass is only valid for the Fall-Winter Term. After April 30, students can re-load their U-Pass Peggo Cards with post-secondary bus passes or e-cash to continue to use transit services during the Spring-Summer Term.

Other important information:

Your U of W Student ID with the transit sticker is required when boarding a transit bus to utilize the U-Pass or a post-secondary pass.  If the appropriate U of W Student ID is not presented, students risk confiscation of their U-Pass. Students are not to sell, or give away their U-Pass or post-secondary pass, as the penalty could be confiscation of the pass and possible fines.

Details regarding distribution of UWinnipeg Student IDs for new students will be available soon.

Get in touch!

Email us with your questions u-pass@theuwsa.ca or click here to ask right away.

Peggo issues and errors

If farebox does not accept your Peggo, try to scan your pass a second time. If your Peggo still won’t scan, bus drivers will accept your Peggo card as a flash pass when used together with your student ID with valid transit sticker.  Contact Info Booth at infobooth@theuwsa.ca to troubleshoot lost and defective Peggo cards.

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