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.

YMCA funding comes from Child Care, Health, Fitness and Aquatics membership, and program fees; from services we provide on behalf of partners including governments; from the United Way and from many generous donors.

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. To learn more please visit Opportunities to Give.

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.

New YMCAs are the culmination of many factors: a recognized community need, broad-based community support, available resources including community funding and suitable real estate, and the  potential for forming space sharing agreements with suitable community organizations.

Yes, we are actively seeking and assessing a variety of options and partnership opportunities for developing a new downtown facility. Downtown Hamilton has been our home for more than 150 years and we are committed to staying.

Yes, our gymnasiums, swimming pools and community rooms can be rented when they are available. We also host children’s birthday parties that include activities and refreshments. For information please contact the facility directly.