The YMCA is one of Canada’s oldest and most diverse charities – since our beginnings in 1851, the YMCA continues to serve all ages, all backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. The YMCA is for everyone. We believe that everyone should be able to participate in programs they need regardless of their ability to pay the full fee. To ensure affordable access, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to benefit from proven programs and services.
In 2010, YMCAs in Canada changed 2 million lives and strengthened the foundations of 1,000 communities. We promote healthy living, nurture the potential of children, teens and young adults, and foster a sense of social responsibility to build stronger communities.
The YMCA is about community, we are committed to improving the lives of children, teens and young adults – giving them the opportunities they need to live healthier, happier lives now, but also to grow into productive adults. We provide safe places, caring and trained volunteers, staff and programs that teach life skills. Whether a place to go after school, a place to learn leadership skills or a place for a family to play and connect, the YMCA is here for everyone.