Parents are most concerned about their children’s mental and emotional health 

We surveyed parents across Canada with children between the ages of 0 and 18. When it comes to their children’s healthy development, parents are most concerned about their children’s mental/emotional health (50%) followed by physical (28%) and social health (22%).  Time and money are the main barriers holding Canadian parents back from leading healthy, active lifestyles with their family. We know that planning is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle yet 75% of parents have not yet enrolled their child(ren) in programs for the summer which is fast approaching. Even more alarming, 39% do not intend to sign their children up for programs over the summer, a time when the risk of learning loss, boredom and disengagement are high.

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Your partner in developing healthy kids

The YMCA’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of Canadians, in spirit, mind and body. On the surface you may not think of ours as health programs or focused on mental and emotional health, but they give people a chance to connect with others in their community and build a supportive network where we’re all working together to reach our health goals. Our research has shown that there are many positive effects of belonging to the YMCA - people tell us they feel less alone, find it easier to make friends, and have better health.

The YMCA is an affordable option for the entire family to access a number of health programs and services under one roof. With a particular focus on child and family programming, we have a variety of options to keep kids healthy and active during the summer months and throughout the year.

Make this summer a healthy one at the YMCA!

There are lots of ways to keep your children healthy and engaged all summer long at the Y.

  • Girl swimming towards instructor in lake at YMCA Camp
    YMCA Camps

    Our day and overnight camps are a fun way for your child to make new friends, learn new skills and develop healthy habits this summer.

  • Three children holding onto the edge of the pool, smiling for the camera
    YMCA Aquatics

    Whether your child is a beginner or more advanced, our swim lessons and programs give everyone the chance to dive in and have fun!

  • Mother running with her children in YMCA family fitness class
    YMCA Health and Fitness

    With special programs for children and families, the whole family can get fit together at the YMCA!