IMPORTANT: A Transit validation sticker for the 2021-2022 school year will be required on your student ID card as per Winnipeg Transit’s policy. Please visit the UMSU Service Centre to get your validation sticker at your earliest convenience.

CURRENT STUDENTS:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE U-PASS PROGRAM

Updated October 1, 2021

There is no U-Pass program in the Fall 2021 term. It is expected to return for the Winter 2022 term, at $208 and will be included in your fee statement if you are a full-time student for that term. The earliest that U-Pass peggo cards will be distributed will be sometime in mid-December, and the cards will be valid from January 1 to April 30. For those students who already have an existing and active (loadable) U-Pass peggo card, that card will automatically load with the Winter U-Pass starting on January 1.

Here are some FAQs we hope will answer your questions.

I ALREADY HAVE AN EXISTING U-PASS PEGGO CARD. CAN I STILL USE IT?

If you were:

  • a full-time student in the Winter 2020 term (minimum nine (9) credit hours with at least one (1) on-campus course, or a student who opted-in),
  • charged the U-Pass fee in the Winter 2020 term
  • registered in courses in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms;

your card is still active (loadable).

Your U-Pass peggo card is currently empty; and you have the opportunity to load it with reduced fares at the post-secondary rate. You can load your U-Pass at most Winnipeg Transit partner agents and you can find locations by clicking here. You can also load your card at the UMSU Service Centre at 101 UMSU University Centre during business hours (Currently weekdays from 8am-5pm), or at Answers Bannatyne (open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-2pm).

Please note that if you were a full-time student in the Winter 2020 term, and have taken a break for 2020-2021 school year (no registration), your card is deactivated. We advise to not load your U-Pass peggo card. If you are a returning or new student and are registered for the Fall 2021 term and would like to utilize Winnipeg Transit services, you can request for a post-secondary peggo card here.

If you aren’t sure if your U-Pass peggo card is still active (loadable), send us an email at umsu@umsu.ca to confirm the status of your card BEFORE loading it. Be sure to include your student number and peggo card number. 

I WANT TO OPT-OUT OF THE U-PASS. HOW DO I DO IT? 

An opt-out is not required at this time, as there is no U-Pass program for this Fall 2021 term. Once we receive confirmation that the U-Pass is returning for the Winter 2022 term, opt-outs will be available for that term during the opt-out period which begins on December 28, 2021 and will run until Jan 25, 2022. If your opt-out is successful the fees will be removed AFTER the final revision date but before the tuition deadline. Please ensure you review the opt-out requirements to find out if you are eligible to opt-out of the pass.

 

I’VE NEVER HAD A U-PASS BEFORE. WHAT DO I DO IF I AM ELIGIBLE? 

Because there was no U-Pass program for the 2020-2021 school year, we have not been distributing U-Pass peggo cards. If you do not have a peggo card but would like one, you can request a post-secondary peggo card online here or you can visit the UMSU Service Centre. Please make sure you bring your student ID card. Once the U-Pass program returns, we will start distributing U-Pass peggo cards as early as mid-December.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE U-PASS PEGGO CARD AND A POST-SECONDARY PEGGO CARD?

U-Pass peggo cards are pre-loaded with semester passes, while post-secondary cards are not, and are loaded by the card holder.

Only full-time University of Manitoba students are eligible for the U-Pass peggo card, which essentially is a post-secondary peggo card that is pre-loaded with a semester pass each term a student qualifies. The U-Pass runs for the Fall and Winter terms, but does not exist in the summer term (May-August). The U-Pass fee is included in the student’s fee statement, so the student would not have to worry about loading fares on their U-Pass peggo card, as it is pre-loaded.

At this time, we are not distributing U-Pass peggo cards. Because there is no U-Pass program currently for this term, students who hold active U-Pass peggo cards have the ability to load their card with passes at the post-secondary rate. As long as students are registered in courses, they would be eligible for a post-secondary peggo card, at which point they are responsible for loading and paying for bus fares and passes on it. The post-secondary card allows students to purchase passes at a discounted rate.

 

DO I STILL HAVE TO GET A TRANSIT VALIDATION STICKER? 

Yes. The validation sticker for student ID cards are now available for the 2021-2022 school year. Please visit the UMSU Service Centre to receive the the validation sticker on your student ID card for the upcoming school year, at your earliest convenience. Please note that U-Pass validation stickers on the U-Pass card is not required at this time, as the program has been suspended for the Fall 2021 term. At this time, it is unknown when bus operators will be enforcing the requirement for Transit stickers on school photo ID cards, so it is recommended to get your validation sticker as soon as you are able to.

 

CAN I GET MY POST-SECONDARY CARD IN PERSON?

Yes! You can get your post-secondary peggo card at the UMSU Service Centre (open on weekdays from 8am – 5pm) or at Answers Bannatyne (open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-2pm). You also have the option to request your card online which can be accessed through the form here.

 

I ALWAYS LOAD MY PEGGO CARD AT THE UMSU SERVICE CENTRE OR AT ANSWERS BANNATYNE. ARE THERE ANY OTHER PLACES I CAN LOAD MY PEGGO CARD?

You can load your peggo card at most Winnipeg Transit partner agents (such as 7-Eleven or Shoppers Drug Mart), as long as you have your peggo card. Click here for a listing of their retailers.

 

WHAT CAN I LOAD ON MY U-PASS OR POST-SECONDARY PEGGO CARD? 

Please refer to the Winnipeg Transit site here for more information. Be sure to view the prices on the post-secondary column.

 

WHAT IF MY U-PASS PEGGO CARD IS NOT WORKING ON THE BUS, OR WHAT IF I LOSE IT? 

You can visit the UMSU Service Centre, alternatively, you can fill out the online form.

  • For lost U-Pass peggo cards; please fill out the form here.
  • For defective U-Pass peggo cards; please fill out the form here.

U-PASS

The U-Pass is a Universal Transit Pass which provides unlimited access to Winnipeg Transit services for Full-Time students in exchange for a mandatory fee. For the 2021-2022 school year, the U-Pass fee of $208.00 per term is automatically assessed on your Aurora fee statement.*

*Please note that U-Pass program is suspended for the Fall 2021 term and is expected to return in the Winter 2022 term (TBD).

The Fall Term U-Pass is valid September 1 – December 31. The Winter Term U-Pass is valid January 1 – April 30. Currently, there is no Spring/Summer U-Pass. 

Only full-time students – students enrolled in at least nine (9) credit hours in a Term – who are members of UMSU or the Graduate Students’ Association are eligible for the U-Pass*.

*Please note that the criteria for full-time status for graduate students differs from undergraduate students.    

You can use your U-Pass to ride Winnipeg Transit buses for the entirety of the Term in which you are eligible, without additional fares. Note: Your Student ID with the U-Pass sticker is required, along with the U-Pass when boarding a Transit bus to utilize the U-Pass.  If the appropriate Student ID is not presented, students risk confiscation of their U-Pass. Students are not to sell, barter or give away their U-Pass, as the penalty could be confiscation of the U-Pass and possible fines.

Note: Post-Secondary Monthly Transit passes and other Winnipeg Transit fare products will continue to be sold at both the UMSU Service Centre & Answers Bannatyne. If you are experiencing issues purchasing a Post-Secondary PEGGO card from the UMSU Service Centre, please check with the Registrar’s office to confirm your eligibility, as students must be registered in order to receive the student rate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE U-PASS PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE U-PASS?

The U-Pass is a Universal Transit Pass which provides unlimited access to Winnipeg Transit transportation services in exchange for a mandatory fee. It is a program offered by the City of Winnipeg, facilitated by UMSU – as well as the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association for students at the UofW – in which all full-time students within the Winnipeg Transit service area pay a subsidized bus pass fee and have unlimited access to transit from September to April the following year. It has been in existence since being approved in 2016 referendum, and the first contract expired at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.  After a referendum, UMSU’s Board of Directors officially voted to save the U-Pass program, and will continue to operate.

The U-Pass is Term-based, so there is a Fall U-Pass and a Winter U-Pass, at the current rate at $208 per term. This is applied directly to the accounts of undergraduate students enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours in a term, and is payable along with tuition. To see whether you are eligible for the U-Pass, check your Aurora fee statement and look at the detailed cost breakdown for the Term to see the U-Pass fee; if it is there, you can pick up your U-Pass.

WHEN DID THE U-PASS BEGIN?

UMSU members voted in a referendum in Fall 2014 to approve a mandatory U-Pass for all full-time students. City Council officially approved the implementation of the U-Pass in March 2015. The U-Pass program officially launched in Winnipeg in September 2016.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE U-PASS?

You can use your U-Pass to ride Winnipeg Transit buses for the entire Term without additional fare. There is no limit, and you can use it to travel to places in Winnipeg other than campus – work, shopping, events, and more! You save over $370 a year compared with Post-Secondary monthly bus passes, and you don’t have to worry about parking, traffic, or finding change for bus fare.  Get home from a night out with friends safely, check out local attractions, discover the city, take a few minutes to study on your way, and you can even take advantage of the Park & Ride lots available in the city (go to www.winnipegtransit.com for more info).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE U-PASS?

All full-time undergraduate and full-time graduate students that are members of UMSU or the UMGSA will be assessed the U-Pass fee. If you are assessed the fee in your Aurora student account, you are eligible to pick up a U-Pass. Please note that students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses are not charged the U-Pass fee, but have the option to opt-in; as long as they are registered in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours. Also, students who are enrolled in co-op are not charged the U-Pass fee, but have the option to opt-in.

Please note that International College of Manitoba (ICM) and some programs offered through Extended Education Students are not eligible for the U-Pass. 

HOW DO I GET THE U-PASS?

For new students, the U-Pass can be picked up starting mid-August in University Centre (Fort Garry Campus) and at Answers at the Bannatyne Campus. You will need to bring your student ID card in order to pick up your U-Pass. If you registered for courses today, you may need to wait until the next day for the system to show you are eligible.

Throughout the term, the U-Pass can be picked up at the UMSU Service Centre (Formerly Answers Fort Garry) or at Answers Bannatyne.

HOW DO I PAY FOR THE U-PASS?

Students who are eligible for the U-Pass will be assessed and must pay the U-Pass fee along with their tuition in each term for which they qualify. Student fee assessments are available on Aurora.

CAN I OPT-IN TO THE U-PASS?

Co-op students, visiting exchange students, and online/distance-only students taking at least nine (9) credit hours in a Term may be eligible to opt in to the U-Pass program, as well as students registered for a reduced course load with Student Accessibility Services whose full-time registration is at least six (6) credit hours in the Term. ICM students, part-time students and non-students are not eligible for the U-Pass.

HOW DO I OPT-IN TO THE U-PASS?

Eligible students must bring a copy of their fee statement and registration* to the UMSU Service Centre or at Answers Bannatyne and must complete a form, and pay the U-Pass fee directly to UMSU to opt in. Students who are not assessed student organization fees must also pay either UMSU or GSA membership fees to be considered eligible.

*Log in to your Aurora student account, go to Student Records – View Account Summary by Term, and click on the individual Term to see the detailed breakdown of fees. This is what you will print and bring to Answers. For your registration, go to Student Detail Schedule, and print the Term for which you are opting in. There should be a total number of credit hours listed at the top.

DO I NEED TO OPT-IN EVERY TERM?

Yes, Full-time students who are not assessed the U-Pass fee must opt in each term for which they are eligible. This can usually be done a few weeks prior to the start of term.

CAN I OPT-OUT OF THE U-PASS?

Only students who have been assessed the U-Pass fee can apply to opt-out of the U-Pass, and all applicants will need appropriate documentation. The following are valid criteria for opting out successfully:

-Commute from a residence outside the City of Winnipeg boundaries

-Registered with CNIB or Handi-Transit

-Employee of Winnipeg Transit

-Co-op student, student studying outside of Canada, or student conducting research or an internship outside the City of Winnipeg boundaries for 60 days or more during the Term

-Already have a valid U-Pass from another post-secondary institution within the City of Winnipeg

 

The following are NOT valid reasons to opt-out of the U-Pass:

– I walk / cycle / carpool to campus

– I drive to campus / I purchased a U of M Parking Pass

– I live in Residence

– I don’t take the bus

Please note that all opt-out applications and supporting documentation must be submitted during the opt-out period. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

HOW DO I OPT-OUT OF THE U-PASS?

Eligible students must complete an application form and submit the appropriate documentation online during the opt-out period; applications are then reviewed by a committee, and students whose opt-outs are approved will have the U-Pass fee removed from their account after the course revision deadline.  All applications must be completed prior to the deadline. You can find the form here on the UMSU website: Forms > U-Pass Opt-Out

DO I NEED TO OPT-OUT EVERY TERM?

All students, regardless of their reason for opting out, must reapply every academic year for which they are eligible, and may need to do so each Fall Term and Winter Term, depending on their category and documentation. If you received a confirmation of approval from the U-Pass Committee for the entire academic year, you do not need to reapply, and the U-Pass fee for the Winter Term will be removed after the Winter course revision deadline.

If you did not receive confirmation of approval, you may need to reapply for Winter; check your email for a date of expiry for your opt-out. For any questions please contact u-pass@umsu.ca and include your name and student number.

CAN I SELL OR SHARE MY U-PASS?

NO .The U-Pass is non-transferable and may only be used by the student to whom it is originally issued. Anyone caught selling a U-Pass may be subject to a fine, and anyone caught using an unauthorized U-Pass may have the pass confiscated and be subject to a fine.

HOW DO I USE THE U-PASS?

You must show both the U-Pass and your student ID with a valid U-Pass sticker when boarding the bus. Show your student ID and tap the U-Pass on the farebox when you board the bus.

The Fall Term U-Pass is valid September 1 – December 31. The Winter Term U-Pass is valid January 1 – April 30.

  • DO NOT bend, wash, pierce, cut, alter, or damage the card. U-Pass Peggo cards damaged by the user are subject to a replacement fee.

Note: the U-Pass is NOT transferable – it can only be used by the student to whom it is issued. It cannot be resold, loaned, given, or traded to others. Misuse of a U-Pass will result in confiscation of the U-Pass, and may be punishable by a fine.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY U-PASS?

Check at the UMSU Service Centre and/or call Transit at 311 to see if someone may have turned in your lost U-Pass. Otherwise, a lost U-Pass can be replaced at the UMSU Service Centre for a fee. You will need to bring your student ID.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY U-PASS DOESN'T WORK ON THE BUS?

If you are having issues with your u-pass on the bus, visit us at the UMSU Service Centre and we’ll look into it for you.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY STUDENT STATUS CHANGES FROM FULL-TIME TO PART-TIME?

If your student status changes from full time to part time BEFORE the end of the revision period, your U-Pass will no longer be valid and will be deactivated. If you drop courses after the revision period (VW) and your status becomes part time, your U-Pass will continue to be valid until the end of the term.

DO I NEED TO RELOAD OR ACTIVATE MY U-PASS FOR NEXT TERM?

No, your U-Pass will automatically reload for the next Fall or Winter Term as long as you are registered in at least nine credit hours for the Term and assessed the U-Pass fee. If you are a full-time student but were not assessed the fee, you may need to opt in at the UMSU Service Centre or at Answers Bannatyne so your card is not deactivated.

Please note that each academic year, you will need to bring your student ID and U-Pass to University Centre to update your U-Pass validation sticker. You must have the current year’s validation sticker to use the U-Pass.

I ALREADY HAVE A U-PASS; WHAT DO I NEED TO DO FOR THE NEW TERM?

As long as you remained a full-time student, your U-Pass will automatically reload if you are taking at least three classes or nine credit hours. Bring your student ID and U-Pass to University Centre to receive a current U-Pass validation sticker.

If you dropped courses and were no longer eligible for the U-Pass in the previous Term (not counting Spring/Summer, as there is no U-Pass during the months of May-August), your U-Pass may have been deactivated, in which case you must go to the UMSU Service Centre with your student ID and U-Pass.

Lost or discarded U-Passes are subject to a replacement fee.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY U-PASS IF I AM NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR IT?

If you are no longer eligible for the U-Pass (i.e. become a part time student before the end of the revision period, have graduated, or taking a break from school), your U-Pass will be deactivated. We advise not to load your U-Pass peggo card with any fares, as the card will cancel.

If you return to studies during the regular session and become U-Pass eligible, you can visit the UMSU Service Centre and pick one up.

IS THERE A SPRING OR SUMMER TERM U-PASS?

No; however, students registered in summer courses will still be able to load Post-Secondary Transit products onto their U-Pass during the summer (May through August). Valid student ID is required when boarding the bus.

CAN I CLAIM THE U-PASS ON MY TAX RETURNS?

The Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 U-Pass qualify for a tax credit for the same way monthly bus passes qualified under the Federal Transit credit, for only the 2016 and 2017 tax years, respectively. For proof of payment, go to your Aurora account summary and print the detailed statement showing the breakdown of fees for each Term for which you are claiming the U-Pass.

Note: the Federal government has discontinued the Transit tax credit effective June 30, 2017; you may only claim Transit passes for travel up to June 30th, 2017.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE U-PASS?

Visit the UMSU Service Centre or you can direct further questions about the U-Pass to u-pass@umsu.ca