Why Build New YMCAs?

Too many people in the GTA are being held back by barriers that are impossible to overcome on their own.

Mental health is suffering. Loneliness and isolation are on the rise. There isn't enough housing or child care to go around. 

These challenges and more are taking a toll on people’s health, well-being, and prospects for the future.

Watch our video to see how people overcome these barriers and reach their true potential at the Y.

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YMCAs Currently In Development

The McDonald Family YMCA

Projected Opening: 2024


The Bridletowne YMCA

Broke Ground: June 2023


Completed as part of Strong Start, Great Future


The Steve & Sally Stavro Family YMCA

Opened: August 2022


The YMCA at The David Braley Vaughan Centre

Opened: May 2022


The Cooper Koo Family YMCA

Opened: May 2016


The Wagner Green YMCA

Opened: January 2015

What Happens Inside A Y

The Y delivers essential services, from licensed child care to employment services, shelters for unhoused youth, camps, and more. But many of these programs can't happen without a safe, brick-and-mortar place.

After all, there’s no such thing as virtual child care. Unhoused youth need somewhere to sleep. Kids can’t learn to swim on their iPads.

When we build a new YMCA, it means more people in more neighbourhoods can access these essential services they need to thrive.

Essential Programs and Services

Each YMCA Centre of Community delivers a suite of programs and services tailored to meet the unique needs of the neighbourhood it serves. Some of the signature YMCA programs offered at our new Ys include:

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Teen Nights, where youth access our centre for free, giving them opportunities to get active, meet positive role models, and join new activities that financial barriers might otherwise prevent them from trying.

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Free Youth Leadership Development groups, where youth build the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life; grow a network of friends and adult allies; and find a sense of community and belonging.

Health and fitness programs

Health and fitness programs, including group fitness classes, sports and rec programs, and child and family programs that support physical and mental well-being for people of all ages and abilities.

Licensed, not-for-profit child care

Licensed, not-for-profit child care, where kids build foundational literacy, numeracy, arts, and science skills through our Playing to Learn Curriculum, and caregivers gain the support they need to pursue careers.

Day camps

Day camps, where children and youth build self-esteem and vital skills like leadership and teamwork, all while making lasting friendships.

Give today to help build a brighter future.

You can make a real difference in your community by donating to the Strong Start, Great Future Capital Campaign.

Make your donation online, or contact Tony diCosmo, Vice President, Campaign Giving to discuss your gift:

Thank you to our generous Strong Start, Great Future Capital Campaign Donors

David Braley Charitable Foundation

Jenifer & Steve McDonald
Daphne Wagner, David Green, and Michael & Lita Green

Michael Cooper & Krystal Koo
Anonymous (1)

BMO Financial Group
Martine M. Irman
Steve & Sally Stavro Family Foundation
TD Bank Group

Cortel Group
Longo Family Foundation
Estate of Adrienne Dympna Magennis
OPUS Homes
Toronto Blue Jays — Jays Care Foundation
Eric Tripp & Maria Smith
Anonymous (1)

Estate of Valerie Brook
Nesbitt & Lawlor Family
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Tim & Pat Penner
Helen Sinclair & Paul Cantor
TACC Group/De Gasperis Family
David & Shelagh Wilson
Anonymous (2)

Paul Bailey
Brampton Brick Limited
Janet & Bryan Dawson
Fleet Complete
Barry & Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust
Gucciardi Family
Kinross Gold Corporation
Paul & Elizabeth Langill
Jon & Nancy Love
Ann & Medhat Mahdy
Steven & Sharon Ranson
Chris Shepherd
Diane & Rick Sinhuber
David & Michelle Skurka
TD Securities Underwriting Hope Foundation in honour of Martine Irman
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Anonymous (4)

Bolton Railings Inc.
The Brain Family
Katherine Cochrane-Brink & Paul Brink
Employees of Miller Thomson LLP
Roger & Kevin Garland
Giovanni & Concetta Guglietti Family
The Haynes-Connell Foundation
Lynn & Ewout Heersink
Moti Jungreis
Henry Labatte
Luca & Loren Lettieri
LiUNA Local 183
LiUNA Ontario Provincial District Council
Robert & Patricia Lord
Rob Moubarak — Sutherland Law
Steve & Sue Murphy
Power Corporation of Canada
Margot L. Ritchie
The Jacqueline Rosevear Fund
SigNature Communities, Andiel Homes & Plaza Corp
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation
Anonymous (2)

Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation
Michael Adams
Aird & Berlis LLP
Jennifer Babe
Rich & Nancy Bailey
The Harold E. Ballard Foundation
Andre Craig & Family
Anne & Ron Fawcett
Four Point Financial Corporation
Graywood Developments
Patrick Hodgson Family Foundation
Melanie Laflamme
Irene Markus
Wendy & Chris McDowall
Judy McLeod
Mosaik Homes
Carl, Julie, Scott & Haley Oxholm
Reliance Home Comfort
Sheena Macdonald & Phil Schmitt
Mark & Jody Shulgan
Brian Valvasori
Wenda Yenson & Ken Hurdle

Altas Partners
Katherine M. E. Alyea
Renee Beneteau
|The Bitove Foundation
Cavendish Farms Corporation
The Chee-Wong Family
Dr. Gordon J. Chong
Linda Cottes & Family
Estate of Amy Mary Downs
Sakina Fazel
Sharon, Paul & Carlyn Ferriss
Diane Flanagan
Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.
David & Judy Galloway
General Electric Canada
Goldman Sachs Gives
Jack & Linda Goodwin
Mickey & Janet Jawa
Ali Kashani
Eve Lewis & Woodcliffe Landmark Properties — In memory of David Layton
Leanne & George Lewis
James P. Long
Rahima Mamdani
Mansteel Rebar Ltd. Masters Insurance Ltd. MNP LLP
Ontario Realtors Care Foundation
Dean L. Prevost
George & Ann Rodger
Debbie & Glenn Sevenpifer
Manjit K. Sharma
Rania Shuggi
Jeff & Leah Snowden
Soil Engineers Ltd
M. Spears
Earl Stuart
Trevor & Judie Thom
Toromont Industries
Jeff Watchorn
Vicki White & Damien Cox
Leslie E. Woo
Tom & Ruth Woods
Anonymous (1)

Sam Balsamo
Komal Bhasin
Kaye Bland
David G. Broadhurst
The Brookfield Foundation
Chum Charitable Foundation
Vilma Cortellucci-Fiuza
Don Cranston
Michelle Digulla
Enterprise Canada
Sid Finkelstein
Dr. Erica Fischer & Mr. David Harrison
Dilprit & Rajbinder Grewal
Scott Henshaw
Highland Farms Inc.
Darlene Holowachuk
Jauernig Family
Sandra & John Kalpouzos
Lenczner Slaght LLP
John Macfarlane
Don & Susan McCreesh
David McCullum
Etienne Middleton
Margaret & Rhiannon O’Brien
Rogers Communications
Margaret Taylor-Sevier
Zobeiry Family
Anonymous (1)

We continue to accept gifts to our Strong Start, Great Future Capital Campaign and are grateful to all of our donors who have given since this list was compiled on March 31, 2022.