Group shot of Canadian Delegation to YMCA World Council

The YMCA in Canada

The Canadian YMCA Federation is made up of a national office and 47 Member Associations across the country who share a common mandate to build healthy communities through the power of belonging. We’ve been uniting people behind this cause in one way or another since 1851, when the YMCA was first established in Canada. Today, 42 YMCAs and 5 YMCA-YWCAs in Canada offer programs and services tailored to their communities’ needs.

Member Associations

Each YMCA Member Association in Canada is a registered charity, established by engaged and caring community members. Ys are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by YMCA voting members.

Each YMCA in Canada coordinates the programs and services offered in their own communities, tailored to meet their specific needs. They are responsible for their operations and can be contacted directly about any details specific to their facilities, programs and services.

National Office

The national office of the Canadian YMCA Federation fosters and stimulates the development of strong Member Associations and encourages collaborative initiatives; protects and enhances the reputation of the YMCA; and advocates on behalf of Associations regionally, nationally, and internationally. This is performed through a network model that has both national and regional components as well as through lead associations who take certain program roles that are pan-Canadian in nature.

How YMCAs in Canada work together

YMCAs in Canada are committed to working together to ensure the YMCA in Canada is sustainable, relevant and continues to have impact. Our Federation’s strategic plan, Plan Y: Expedition, recommits us to our role in fostering a sense of belonging for all, on our journey towards The Canada We Want.

As a federation, we also collaborate on initiatives such as national programs, events and campaigns.

The Global YMCA

YMCA Canada belongs to a larger network of YMCA national federations and area alliances, rooted in local communities in 122 countries. YMCAs around the world are independent yet united in a shared commitment to support youth and strengthen communities. YMCA Canada is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs, based in Geneva, Switzerland.