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Offered: fall, winter, spring, summer Subsidies

No child should be left on the sidelines. Mini U provides support to families in order to reduce financial barriers preventing children from taking part in our programs. We offer three unique subsidy options: low income, Indigenous engagement and special needs.

Thank you to the Barkwell family! A portion of this fund is provided by the late Edward James (Ted) Barkwell, whose lifelong passion for sport lives on. The Ted Barkwell Memorial Fund allows underprivileged children to meet new friends and learn new skills in a university setting.


Low income subsidy

This subsidy fund allows children who do not have the financial means through parents, guardians or agencies, an opportunity to attend Mini U Programs. Applications for this subsidy are assessed by total household income, size of family (number of children) and number of years funds have been accessed. All applicants are required to pay a minimum of 25 per cent of the total registration costs. In order to ensure this opportunity is available for new customers, the parent paid portion of returning participants who have previously received these subsidy funds, will increase by 10 per cent each year they make a request.  
 

How to apply:

  1. Complete one Mini U subsidy application form per family. Up to 2 children on one application. For additional children, please attach a blank sheet with names and top 2 camp preferences/sessions.
  2. Complete one Mini U Programs registration form per child.
  3. Provide a minimum of 25 per cent of the total registration costs. Before registering your child, our staff will contact you to share the amount of funds you have been approved and remaining payment required.
  4. Attach supporting documents:
    a. A photocopy of previous year’s income tax return.
    i. If self-employed, please provide your most recent income tax return.
    ii. If there is a change in your financial situation, please include two current pay stubs from all employers.
    iii. New immigrants to Canada without Canadian tax history may provide proof of immigration application (as a refugee, an independent, or family-sponsored) and the financial evidence required with this application.
    b. A photocopy of your family Manitoba health card.

Questions regarding this subsidy option can be directed to Drew Sheffield, leadership and community program coordinator by email at drew.sheffield@umanitoba.ca.

Indigenous engagement subsidy

This subsidy is available for children and youth of Indigenous cultural backgrounds. Applications for this subsidy are processed to those who are Indigenous (Status, Non-Status, Métis, Inuit). All applicants are required to pay 25 per cent of the total registration costs.

How to apply:

  1. Compete one Mini U subsidy application form per family.
  2. Complete one Mini U Programs registration form per child.
  3. Provide 25 per cent of the total registration costs.

Questions regarding this subsidy option can be directed to Drew Sheffield, leadership and community program coordinator, by email at drew.sheffield@umanitoba.ca.

Special needs subsidy

This subsidy is available for children with developmental and physical disabilities. Applications for this subsidy are processed for those who have a medical diagnosis confirming one or more of the following conditions: intellectual disability, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, lifelong physical disability, high probability of developmental delay due to a pre-existing condition. All applicants are required to pay 25 per cent of the total registration costs.

How to apply:

  1. Complete one Mini U subsidy application form  per family.

  2. Complete one special needs form per child.

  3. Complete one Mini U Programs registration form per child.

  4. Provide 25 per cent of the total registration costs.

Questions regarding this subsidy option can be directed to Ashley Gagnon, aquatics program coordinator, by email ashley.gagnon@umanitoba.ca.

The Mini Print

Applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Opportunities are available while funds remain. Eligible children have the opportunity to access these financial supports for up to 2 Mini U Programs (does not include aquatic, lunch or bus programs) per calendar year and are obligated to pay a portion of registrations fees. Amounts vary based on subsidy option and selected program. Applications are received in-person, by mail or fax (online registration is not available). We do not hold spots in programs during the period in which your application is being reviewed. Once all required documents are provided, our staff will inform you (within 10 days) of whether or not you qualify for subsidy.

Offered: summer Support leaders

Having unique needs is not unique. We understand that everyone has preferences, needs and requires some form of accommodation in order to be most successful.

Prior to their arrival to the program, families are provided the opportunity to identify and share any special needs that are important to their child’s success while attending our programming.

Learn more about attending our programs with special needs here

Requesting a support leader

All support leaders are to be booked through our online registration system and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Registering for a support leader

  1. Reserve a support leader for the week of your choice.  
  2. Register for a program of your choice during the same week.  
  3. Once your registration has been processed, submit a completed special needs form. A new form is required each year of participation.

Support leaders are funded in one of three ways:

Children disAbility Services (CdS) funded

Support leaders are available each week to children who have funding through CDS. Confirm with your CDS case manager the number of weeks CDS will offer funding prior to registering. Then register for a Mini U program of your choice. Mini U will bill CDS directly for the cost of the support leader.

Mini U funded

Mini U funded support leaders are available each week for children who do not have funding through any other agency. Each child may request a maximum of two weeks of support per summer at no additional cost.

Family funded 

A limited number of support leaders are available to families who wish to pay for the cost of the employee. This option is available to anyone who feels their child’s experience would be more successful with the support of a one-on-one leader.

Fee: $548 ($441 for a short week)

Bringing external support

If you believe your child would be most successful with one on one support provided by another agency, we would be happy to welcome them. Guardians are not able to act as external support workers during our programs.

Offered: summer Busing

The University of Manitoba is closer than you think. Our supervised Mini U buses are in your neighbourhood and provide rides to and from the university campus each day (July and August only).

You and 45 of your friends can meet us at a school in your local area and we’ll take it from there. Check out when we will be in your neighbourhood.

Registration for busing closes 5 days before the camp start date.

Locations:

  • Bannatyne Campus 

    Address: 727 McDermot (in front of the Brodie Centre) 
    Pick up: 7:50 a.m. (8:10 a.m. during week 8)
    Drop Off: 5:15 p.m. (4:55 p.m. during week 8) 

  • Charleswood School

    Address: 505 Oakdale Drive 
    Pick up: 8:20 a.m. 
    Drop off: 4:50 p.m.

  • Ecole Sage Creek School

    Address: 315 Sage Creek Boulevard 
    Pick up: 8:15 a.m. 
    Drop off: 4:50 p.m. 

  • Garden City Collegiate

    Address: 711 Jefferson Avenue 
    Pick up: 7:55 a.m. 
    Drop off: 5:15 p.m.

  • Great West Life 

    Address: 100 Osborne Street (Colony Street Entrance) 
    Pick up: 8:05 a.m. 
    Drop off: 5:00 p.m.

  • Grant Park High School 

    Address: 450 Nathaniel Street 
    Pick up: 8:20 a.m. 
    Drop off: 4:50 p.m.

  • Island Lakes Community School 

    Address: 445 Island Shore Boulevard 
    Pick up: 8:25 a.m. 
    Drop off: 4:40 p.m.

  • Linwood School 

    Address: 266 Linwood Street 
    Pick up: 8:10 a.m. 
    Drop off: 5:05 p.m.

  • Lord Wolseley School 

    Address: 989 Henderson Highway 
    Pick up: 7:50 a.m. 
    Drop off: 5:15 p.m.

  • Ness Middle School 

    Address: 3300 Ness Avenue 
    Pick up: 7:55 a.m. 
    Drop off: 5:15 p.m.

  • Regent Park School

    Address: 411 Moroz Avenue 
    Pick up: 7:55 a.m. 
    Drop off: 5:10 p.m. 

  • Victor H. L. Wyatt School

    Address: 485 Meadowood Drive 
    Pick up: 8:30 a.m. 
    Drop off: 4:40 p.m. 

Pick up and  drop off times listed are approximate and based on typical traffic. 

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Offered: summer Lunch Bunch

Sign up for Lunch Bunch and receive a nutritious convenient box lunch each day. Lunches are delivered fresh each morning and our team will ensure your child receives their lunch before daily activities begin. 

Registration for Lunch Bunch closes 5 days before the camp start date.

Sample menus

  • Regular:  

    Monday: ham and cheese pita, apple, mini bran muffin and a juice box 

    Tuesday: crispy chicken whole wheat wrap with lettuce, grapes, blueberry yogurt and a juice box 

    Wednesday: assorted 6” whole wheat sub, orange-mandarin slices, banana bread and a juice box 

    Thursday: turkey on a whole wheat bun, melon chunks, cheese portion and a juice box 

    Friday: multi grain 6” pizza sub, fruit salad, veggies/dip and a juice box

  • Large (regular lunch plus listed items):

    Monday: cheese strings, vanilla pudding 

    Tuesday: granola bar, apple 

    Wednesday: cheese and crackers, chocolate pudding 

    Thursday: Rice Krispies square, strawberry yogurt 

    Friday: oatmeal cookie, cheese strings 

No substitutions. We cannot guarantee that products have not come in contact with your child’s allergens.

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