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We offer a wide variety of programs to help individuals and families grow and thrive. Find one that's right for you!

Aquatics

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons - Children & Youth

You're never too young to enjoy the water! For children between 6 months and 5 years old, the YMCA L'il Dippers swim lessons are developed with your child's natural growth and development...

Parented Swim Lessons

Join Your Child's Swim Lessons at the YMCA HBB Register for one of our parented swim lessons with your toddler aged 18 - 36 months old. Enjoy leader-guided water activity in a fun safe...

Swim Lessons - Adult

Learn to Swim at the YMCA HBB It's never too late to learn to swim or improve your stroke technique. The YMCA can help you achieve your goals and feel confident in the water. Registration is...

Swim Lessons - Private or Semi-private

Swim Lessons in Smaller Groups at the YMCA HBB It's never too late to learn to swim or improve your stroke technique in YMCA private or semi-private swim lessons. The YMCA can help you achieve...

Aquatics Progress Reports

Keep Informed on Your Child's Aquatics Progress Parents -- Get your child'sAquatics Progress Reports for continuous feedback on your child's progress and participation while registered in...

L'il Sharks - Special Needs Swim Lessons

L'il Sharks is for young swimmers age 3+ with special needs. The YMCA can provide one-on-one swim lessons to help your child develop and improve their swim skills. An assessment is required prior...

Masters Swim

Drop-In Swimming Class With Trained Coaches Work with a trained swim coach to strengthen and improve through stroke correction, technique tips, skills and drills. This drop-in class is suitable for...

Aquatic Fitness

Aquafit

Aquafit Classes at the YMCA HBB YMCA Aquafit is a great way to get fitness benefits and improve your circulation without stressing your joints. By pushing against the resistance of water, you can...

Aquatic Specialty

H2O Leaders

Aquatic Leadership Classes at the YMCA HBB Want to improve your aquatic skills and learn the steps to becoming a lifequard? H2O Leaders is an aquatic leadership program with a variety of aquatic...

Aquatic Certifications

Bronze Star

Excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving...

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion Classes at the YMCA HBB In Bronze Medallion we emphasize the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and...

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross Classes at the YMCA HBB We offer Bronze Cross classes for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic...

National Lifeguard (NL)

National Lifeguard Course at the YMCA HBB Learn how to fulfill your role as a professional facilitator of safe, enjoyable aquatics for everyone. The National Lifeguard (NL) course emphasizes...

Standard First Aid and CPR C

Standard First Aid + CPR C Standard First Aid incorporates all the emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding including: legal implications of first aid...

Camps

Overnight Camps

Family Camp

Bring the whole family together and experience an unforgettable week of fun and adventure at YMCA Wanakita Family Camp.More than just a great family vacation, YMCA Wanakita Family Camp, located in...

Weekend Getaways

Join some friends or family and experience the beauty of YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton during the fall, winter or spring. Our Outdoor Centre provides a number of opportunities to choose from including:...

Summer Overnight Camp

YMCA Wanakita Overnight Camp is the place for young campers to enjoy a traditional camp experience, build skills, and develop lifelong friendships and memories. YMCA Wanakita, located in Haliburton,...

YMCA Wanakita

Everyone loves camp! That's whyour overnight camp,YMCA Wanakita,is open year-round to welcome people of all ages. YMCA Wanakita has beenwelcoming children, families, and groups on the shores of...

Day Camps

Camp Chippewa

Enjoy a traditional outdoor Day Camp experience at Camp Chippewa located at Christie Conservation Area. Our site includes spacious playing fields, a beautiful wooded area for supervised explorations,...

KidVenture Camp

YMCA KidVenture Camp provides your camper the opportunity to explore their creativity in a fun and safe environment. Activities include: arts and crafts, drama and dance, swimming, co-operative...

Sports Camp

YMCA Sports Camp keeps kids focused on sportsmanship, participation, fair play, fitness and team spirit. Your camper will learn basic fundamental movement skills through fun and interactive...

Stepping Stones

YMCA Stepping Stones is a fun-filled indoor camp where your young camper will play, learn and discover in a safe and supervised setting. Your little ones will begin to learn basic movements such as...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers 1:1 support for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities so they can enjoy a summer camp experience alongside their peers. All children deserve the opportunity to...

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Centre Group Bookings

YMCA Wanakita, our overnight camp in the Haliburton Highlands provides outdoor education to hundreds of students and special interest groups each year. If you are interested in bringing a group to...

Child Care

Early Learning and Care

Early Learning Child Care

Vital care and early learning opportunities for children 0 monthsto 3.8 years of age. With decades of experience in child care, we provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn to build...

Before and After School Programs

School Age Child Care (SACC)

Start & End Every School Day on a Healthy Note! YMCA School Age Child Care (SACC), a licensed* child care program for children 3.8 to 12 years, provides children with a seamless day in one...

PA Days and School Break Programs

Join us for a fun-filled day on your next PA Day or School Break! The YMCA offers full day care on Professional Development (PA) days and school break programs at select locations in Hamilton,...

EarlyON Child & Family Centre

EarlyON Child & Family Centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles....

Community Initiatives

Immigrant Services

English Language Assessments

Learn or Improve Your English If you're interested in learning or improving upon your understanding of the English language to prepare for citizenship, education or employment, you will need a...

Newcomer Information & Orientation Services

Helping You Start Your New Life in Canada Newcomer Information & Orientation Services is a program designed to help you make informed decisions about your new life in Canada, helping you better...

Newcomer Settlement Program

The YMCA Newcomer Settlement Program is here to support your successful settlement and integration in Canada and here in our local community. Here is a list of some of the areas you can receive...

Newcomer Youth Centres (NYC)

COVID-19 Update: Newcomer Youth Centre locations are currently closed - but we arehosting events online! Check us out on Instagram (@nyc_hamilton)for IG live events, contests, quizzes, homework help,...

Youth Fusion - Now Newcomer Youth Centre

Youth Fusion started as a newcomer youth mentorship group. Now with its own space, it has grown into a youth centre and joins our Hamilton locations as our third Newcomer Youth Centre. Although the...

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Helping Newcomers Settle in School YMCA Settlement Workers are qualified to facilitate your integration into the local education system and community. The SWIS program: Offers settlement support and...

English Conversation Circles

Improve Your Spoken English in a Group English conversation circles are a helpful resource for newcomers wanting to improve their spoken English. They also provide newcomers with an opportunity to...

Newcomer Mentoring Program

Be a Mentor. Make a Difference. We're bringing together adult newcomers with established community members in Hamilton. The Newcomer Mentoring program brings internationally-trained professionals...

Canada Connects

The Canada Connects program creates meaningful connections between newcomers, long-time Canadians, and established immigrants. Canada Connects helps newcomers gain a sense of belonging and become...

Youth Services

Youth in Transition Worker Program (YITW)

If you are or have been involved with Family and Children Services and are between the ages of 16 and 24, the Youth In Transition Worker (YITW) program is available to help you transition to a more...

Youth In Transition - Human Trafficking Initiative

YMCA Youth in Transition Workers provide support to youth 24 years and younger that are or have been involved in a human trafficking situation. Services include one-on-one support from a case worker,...

YMCA Beyond the Bell®

YMCA Beyond the Bell®

Closing the achievement gap for school children YMCA Beyond the Bell program is a highly successful after-school and summer program, featuring literacy, numeracy, nutrition and recreation. It focuses...

Education and Training

Academic Supports

Literacy & Basic Skills

Improve Your Reading, Writing & Math Skills If you are 19years of age and over, you can participate in the free Literacy & Basic Skills upgrading program. Once your literacy level has been...

Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Looking for a great way to get into the trades? Consider a pre-apprenticeship in the thriving sector of Truck & Coach Technician. No experience is necessary. You'll receive employment...

Second Career

New Job Training & Financial Support If you have been laid off, Second Career is an Ontario Government program that offers training for a new job, including financial support. Get help with short...

Employment Services

Skills for Steel: A SkillsAdvance Ontario Project

Skills For Steel is a SkillsAdvance Ontario Project funded by Employment Ontario to train local people with the technical, essential and employability skills needed in the Steel Industry. Skills for...

Employee Supports for Job Seekers

Employment Services for the Job Seeker

Your job is out there and we'll help you find it. There is a YMCA program or service designed to support your individual needs. Unemployed/laid off? Need education or training? New to Ontario?...

Youth Job Connection

Are you​between 15 to 29 years old ​and ​having trouble finding a job? Your job is out there. We'll help you find it. We can help by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job...

Youth Job Connection Summer (Burlington)

Are you having trouble finding a summer job? The Youth Job Connection Summer program provides summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the school. We're here to help high...

Skills for Steel - Job Seekers

Are you a job seeker interested in applying for Skills for Steel? Who is eligible? Unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week or living on low household income 18+ years old Not in school...

Employer Supports

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant is an opportunity for you to invest in your workforce. Available to small, medium and large businesses, you'll need a plan to deliver short-term training to exisiting...

Employment Services for the Employer

Looking to invest in your workforce? Looking to find and hire skilled employees? YMCA Employment Services for Employers can help. We offer the following services designed to help you with your hiring...

Skills for Steel - Employers

Are you an employer interested in participating in Skills for Steel? Employer Benefits: Create a pipeline of skilled workers Reduce turnover and recruitment cost Reimbursed for lost productivity time...

Global Initiatives

Farah Family Youth Peace Scholarship 2020

Youth group standing on hill top

Health & Fitness

Group Fitness

YMCA Personal Trainer Certification

Body Fit

Gently stretch and tone your whole body in this well-rounded class. Work at your own pace and maintain your strength while improving your flexibility. Build stronger muscles, bones, and joints with...

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is your full body workout -- cardioand strength conditioningall wrapped in one! Class variations include drills, strength and conditioning movements, work with a partner, and a variety of...

Cardio Fit

Cardio Fit offers you variety in one workout including sport conditioning, step, high/low moves and kickboxing. Prepare to sweat! Tone your muscles and build your cardio capacity in thischoreographed...

Cycle Fit

Cycle Fit gets your legs pumping with a high-powered indoor bike class set to energetic music. Working those major muscles in your legs also strengthens your most important muscle: your heart....

Cyclefit Express

Cyclefit Express offers the same intensity as a Cyclefit class, but provides a condensed workout so you can be in and out in 30 minutes.CycleFit gets your legs pumping with a high-powered indoor bike...

HIIT

When you're short on time but want an effective, full body workout that will leave you breathless, High Intensity Interval Training is your answer. HIIT workouts have been proven to improve your...

Yoga

Rediscover and improve your strength, balance, and flexibility through traditional yoga postures. YMCA Yoga class will help you relax your mind while gently challenging, stretching, and relaxing your...

Zumba®

Zumba® is your ultimate workout dance party featuring easy-to-follow moves coupled with amazing, motivating rhythms. It gives you an interval style workout; fast rhythms to get your heart...

Health Management

Hydrotherapy - LiveWell

Rehabilitative exercises at your own pace, using a variety of equipment like water weights or floatation belts. Ideal for those with hip, knee, bone & joint issues or other medical conditions....

Pilates - LiveWell

Build your strength, flexibility, and develop control through the use of stabilization, alignment and breathing techniques. May include the use of equipment to accelerate the development of core...

Walk Fit

A gentle, low-impact workout that uses Activator walking poles. Working with walking poles reduces impact on your joints and can improve the strength and coordination of your upper body. A...

Fitness Centre

Personal Training

Looking for greater results, a new challenge or need some motivation? We have the skills and expertise to help you succeed. YMCA Personal Trainers are certified knowledgeable and motivated to help...

Small Group Training

Looking for greater results, a new challenge or need some motivation? Small Group Training gives individuals the opportunity to workout with a small group, while using the knowledge and program...

Sports & Recreation

Adult Sports

Drop in and participate in a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball, soccer or badminton. Watch for"Adult Sports" on the Sports and Recreation schedule. The featured sport for that time...

Family Open Gym

Enjoy some open gym time with your family. The space is open and equipment is available for you to use. Borrow our equipment for a mini-soccer game, shoot some hoops, or play a simple game of tag....

Child Minding

Infant - 10 years. The childing minding program gives infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children the chance to play together in supervised play while parents/guardians are in the...

Pickle Ball

Pickle-ball is a paddle sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a double's badminton court with a similar...

Karate Advanced - Youth

Your child can learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for themself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form they will also build discipline, core stability,...

Karate Fundamentals - Youth

Your child can learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for themself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form they will alsobuild discipline, core stability,...

Rock Wall Climbing

Challenge yourself to reach the top of the rock climbing wall. Walls have varying levels of difficulty. Supervised by qualified staff.

Youth Leadership Development

(Formerly Leader Corps) Leadership Development at the YMCA helps young people find and use their voice to share their ideas and thoughts on how to build a healthier community. YMCA Staff Leaders...

Basketball - Fundamentals

Participants will develop the fundamental skills of basketball, including: dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense strategy, to combine their play in full court games. YMCA instructors will educate...

Floor Hockey - Fundamentals

Participants will progress through the fundamentals of indoor hockey, including: stick handling, passing, shooting, defense and offense plays, to combine their play in team games. YMCA Instructors...

Soccer - Fundamentals

Participants will grow their knowledge in the basic skills of soccer, including: dribbling, passing, shooting, and field strategy, to combine their skills in team games. YMCA Instructors will educate...

Art Spark

Children will explore their imaginative and creative skills through a variety of arts and crafts, dramatic play, movement, and musical activities. Children will have opportunities to create projects...

Intro to Dance

Dance is an energizing program that introduces children to the fundamentals of moving to music, and learning progressive steps and basic choreography from professional dance instructors. Themed dance...

Discovery Lab

Ever wonder how things work? Discovery Lab offers young, curious scientists the opportunity to explore new scientific principles each week and experiment through hands-on activities. Materials will...

YThrive: GROW

YThrive GROW is designed to give 10 to 12 year olds a safe start into using the Fitness Centre at the YMCA. This program will provide youth with basic foundations in resistance training and cardio...

Explorers

This fun, active program encourages social interaction and learning through play while participating in a variety of activities including circle time, music, drama, crafts, and group games. Fees: $30...

Open Gym

Enjoy the use of the YMCA gym and equipment during these open periods when facilitated programs are not running. Open Gym is a great opportunity for young members to practice the skills they are...

Open Swim



Open Swim is an all-ages leisure swim reserved for members. It’s a great way to be active and have fun together.

Youth Engagement

Youth Activities

Flamborough Youth Centre

The Flamborough Youth Centre is utilized in part of the Tuesday and Thursday Y-Kids program in the evening (ages 6-12). The Youth Centre is also used for a leadership development program Friday night...

Underground Youth Centre

The Underground Youth Centre is a free drop-in program for youth between 13 and 19 years of age. It's a safe place to congregate and join others for social and recreational opportunities. The...

Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP)

The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is a free service offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making...