McFeetors Hall: Great-West Life Student Residence

McFeetors Hall is a critical component of the University campus’ growing urban village, providing apartment, dorm and townhouse living for individual students and students with dependent families. The complex is a recipient of the  Winnipeg Accessibility Award that recognizes the importance of accessibility and universal design in making life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone, including persons with disabilities.

Key Features

  • “Townhouses” offer one, two and three bedroom apartments with kitchens, living and dining areas to accommodate students with families, a unique concept among universities in Canada. 

  • 19 of the 25 townhouses have rent ceilings. Approximately half are occupied by UWinnipeg students, and half by students attending other schools. 

  • 176 dorm-style beds accommodate students in single and double bedroom suites 

  • A visiting scholars program includes students in residence from the University of Manitoba and Red River College’s downtown campuses. 

  • Meal plans for students-in-residence are provided by Diversity Food Services, devoted to nutritious, fairly-priced and ethnically diverse food options that focus, wherever possible, on locally sourced, organic ingredients. 

  • Two lounge areas offer 29-foot high-windows with spectacular urban views and wireless Internet.

  • Air-conditioned rooms, 24 hour security. 

  • Next-door access to the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association childcare centre. 


Environmental Sustainability

Environmental impacts, including the local and global responsibility to protect the health and well-being of humans and ecosystems, are factored in all decisions related to UWCRC activities.

The McFeetors Hall housing complex is a LEED Silver building offering a range of leading-edge environmental technologies to foster sustainability and energy efficiency, including geothermal heating/cooling system for common areas and superior insulation in roof and walls and south facing glazing to maximize solar gains and maximization of natural daylight. Other sustainable elements include dual flush toilets, operable windows, water conserving fixtures, power-smart electrical fixtures and appliances and energy Star laundry facilities. 

UWCRC works closely with community partners, health and civic agencies to ensure needs are met and opportunities realized for its diverse community.

Increasing residential density helps provide support for services and makes the University urban village safe, vibrant and sustainable. McFeetors Hall provides unique, affordable living arrangements for students and apartments and townhouses make it possible for students, including single parents and mature students, to continue their education close to their families. Apartments and dorm rooms are fully accessible with considerations such as wide doorways, hallways and closets, Braille on all signage including on washers/dryers/microwaves and talking elevators to assist visually impaired residents and visitors. 

Economic Sustainability

UWCRC initiatives are contributing to a vibrant, diverse and dynamic local economy by supporting new and existing businesses and expanding employment opportunities.

Increasing residents on campus has fostered the development of vibrant, economically sustainable retail and food service business community. The $18 million project was completed August 2009, on time and on budget. The $10.9 million operating budget will be covered by long-term financing, to be repaid by revenues from housing operations.  Dr. Raymond L. McFeetors, a Collegiate (1965) and University of Winnipeg graduate (BA 1968) and Chairman of the Board of Great-West Lifeco Inc., personally gifted $1.67 million to launch development of the innovative student residence. Great-West Life committed a further $1 million to the project, for a combined gift of $2.67. The Government of Manitoba granted $1.95 million through Manitoba Housing. The University of Winnipeg “Doors and Windows” fundraising campaign, made up of a team of 10 volunteer alumni who lived in residence with Honourary Chair Ray McFeetors leading the team, has provided more than $138,000 to date to support McFeetors Hall for a total of more than $5 million in private donations dedicated to the project so far.  

Cultural Sustainability

All work of UWCRC considers the importance of enhancing the quality of life and place for all citizens through the celebration and recognition of the community’s diverse cultural identity. 

The accessible and affordable approach that’s integral to the operation of McFeetors Hall ensures that students from all cultures and backgrounds are welcomed and accommodated. Food services’ are provided by Diversity Foods with a focus on representing the traditional recipes and cultural flavours of the University’s rich student and surrounding community.