The YMCA operates for the good of people and communities rather than for a profit. That’s why you will find us taking extra steps to accommodate a disabled child in Day Camp, providing financial assistance to make Y programs affordable for everyone, and delivering programs targeting specific groups or neighbourhoods without cost to participants. The YMCA is for everyone.
As a YMCA member your fees pay for the operating costs associated with Health, Fitness and Aquatics programs. As such you help to cover operating costs in buildings that are also home to charitable initiatives. So yes, by choosing to be a Y member, you are part of something larger. However, there is a more impactful role you can play in supporting your community by choosing to become a Y donor.
The YMCA is a non-denominational charitable organization rooted in positive values. The YMCA is an inclusive and welcoming place for all people regardless of background—including religion, ancestry, race and political beliefs. We recognize and celebrate our diversity as a community.
All YMCAs in Canada recognize and honour memberships from other Associations, so you can be sure of your welcome whether you’re travelling for work or leisure. Similarly, Canadian YMCA memberships are generally recognized and accepted by international Associations. There are some exceptions, so be sure to check with the YMCA you want to visit to confirm their policy.