All YMCA before and after school programs will remain closed following the April Break due to the provincial order to close schools to in-person learning. All YMCA School Age Child Care payments will be suspended at this time, with the exception of outstanding payments.
All YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities remain temporarily closed due to the province-wide stay-at-home order. All active memberships will be placed on hold as of April 3rd and no membership payments will be collected. For complete info please read our Updates to Members.
YMCA Temporary Closures
Issued: April 1, 2021

A Message to Our Valued YMCA Members:

Today, our Provincial government announced that Ontario would be entering a temporary shutdown period beginning Saturday, April 3rd. We support the need to take this necessary step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

To make it convenient for members, we’re taking immediate steps to place all active YMCA memberships on-hold as of Saturday, April 3rd, as facilities will be closed.

All memberships will automatically be placed on hold and no membership fees will be charged throughout the duration of the shutdown. No action is needed on your part. The YMCA will cease collecting membership payments as of Friday, April 2nd. Membership payments will resume upon re-opening and we will give notice to members when that date is known. We will not be processing individual membership suspensions or cancellations until re-opening.

Of course, we’re disappointed that we won’t be together in-person to deliver the YMCA health and fitness programs you know and love. To help keep you healthy, active and connected to your Y, we’ve added more than 25 new on-demand fitness classes to our Virtual YMCA at YWeAreHere.ca.

The YMCA also continues to deliver LiveWell at Home, a free virtual series of exercise and education sessions for older adults, in the comfort and safety of your home. Programs are offered in partnership with McMaster University, GERAS Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences and include weekly education sessions focused on healthy aging by guest speakers and daily exercise classes delivered by YMCA LiveWell Specialist, Christine Smith. For full details on programs and registration, please visit: YMCALiveWell.ca.

As soon as we get the all clear to re-open again, memberships will be automatically reactivated for re-opening day. If you’re still not quite ready to come back, you will have the option to maintain your membership hold without penalty until you’re ready.

These are just some of the ways we are working hard to meet the needs of our members and remain connected with all of you during this challenging time.

We know this is an evolving situation and we are committed to keeping you updated.

We encourage you to #StayWithUs as we all work together to support the health of our community now and in the future.
Wishing you continued good health.

Sincerely,

Nicki Glowacki
Chief Operating Officer


Hamilton - YMCA Temporary Closures
Issued: March 26, 2021

A Message to Our Valued YMCA Members:

Today, our Provincial government announced that Hamilton would be entering a temporary lockdown period beginning Monday March 29. We support the need to take this necessary step to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

To make it convenient for members, we’re taking immediate steps to place all active Hamilton YMCA memberships on-hold as of March 29, as the Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA, Les Chater Family YMCA and Flamborough Family YMCA facilities will be closed.

All memberships will automatically be placed on hold and no membership fees will be charged throughout the duration of the lockdown. No action is needed on your part. The YMCA will cease collecting membership payments as of Friday, March 26th. Membership payments will resume upon re-opening and we will give notice to members when that date is known. We will not be processing individual membership suspensions or cancellations until re-opening.

Of course, we’re disappointed that we won’t be together in-person to deliver the YMCA health and fitness programs you know and love. To help keep you healthy, active and connected to your Y, we’ve added more than 25 new on-demand fitness classes to our Virtual YMCA at YWeAreHere.ca.

The YMCA also continues to deliver LiveWell at Home, a free virtual series of exercise and education sessions for older adults, in the comfort and safety of your home. Programs are offered in partnership with McMaster University, GERAS Centre for Aging Research at Hamilton Health Sciences and include weekly education sessions focused on healthy aging by guest speakers and daily exercise classes delivered by YMCA LiveWell Specialist, Christine Smith. For full details on programs and registration, please visit: YMCALiveWell.ca.

As soon as we get the all clear to re-open again, memberships will be automatically reactivated for re-opening day. If you’re still not quite ready to come back, you will have the option to maintain your membership hold without penalty until you’re ready.

These are just some of the ways we are working hard to meet the needs of our members and remain connected with all of you during this challenging time.

We know this is an evolving situation and we are committed to keeping you updated.

We encourage you to #StayWithUs as we all work together to support the health of our community now and in the future.
Wishing you continued good health.

Sincerely,

Nicki Glowacki
Chief Operating Officer

New Guidelines Affecting Laurier Brantford YMCA
Issued: March 19, 2021
Dear Laurier Brantford YMCA Members…

Today the provincial government announced that Brant County will be moving to Control Measures (Red Zone) of the COVID-19 Response Framework, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the region.

In accordance with the new measures, indoor amenities and activities at the Laurier Brantford YMCA will be further restricted.

As of Monday, March 22nd:
  • The capacity in the Laurier Brantford YMCA will be limited to 10 people in group fitness classes and 10 people in the Fitness Centre per time slot.
  • Pickleball has been cancelled.
  • Masks will be required throughout the duration of your visit, including while taking part in physical activity.
The YMCA is already in compliance with all other health measures related to group fitness and recreational activites that have been introduced.

To ensure that all members have the opportunity to take advantage of the programs they enjoy, we are requesting that members limit their daily bookings to one time slot per day.

The YMCA will continue to monitor and evolve our infection prevention and safety practices in accordance with both provincial and local public health recommendations.
 
Important YMCA Reopening Information
Issued: February 22, 2021

Dear Valued YMCA Members...

We know YMCA members are looking forward to returning to the YMCA just as much as we are looking forward to reopening our doors to serve the health and wellness needs of our members.

We are excited to announce that we will be reopening our doors on Monday, March 1st.

At this time, members will have access to the Fitness Centre and Group Fitness Classes. Pools will remain closed until pool inspections and approvals have been completed.

We want to help you prepare for your return to the YMCA in the healthiest and safest way possible.
For all YMCA Members:
In accordance with Control Zone (Red) and Restrict Zone (Orange) provincial regulations which are in place to support everyone's health and safety, members are asked to:
  • Book your workout time or class time online through the YMCA Portal to support capacity limitations and contact tracing.
  • Wear your mask throughout the duration of your visit, including while taking part in physical activity.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 3 metres while engaging in physical activity and moving throughout the Fitness Centre.
  • Bring your own water bottle, towel and yoga mat.
  • Complete the Health Screening prior to arrival. Results must be shared with the staff screener on duty upon entry.
  • Clean equipment using the cleaning system provided, both before and after each use. 
  • As change rooms are required to be closed in the Red Zone, a spot in the lobby will be available for winter boots / footwear.
Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA Members: Please note that the new temporary entrance for access to the YMCA is located on Jackson Street West (formerly the YMCA Child Care entrance). The Jackson Street entrance will remain locked.
For Laurier Brantford YMCA in RESTRICT ZONE (Orange):
Members will have access to the Fitness Floor, Group Fitness Classes and Pickleball. Pools will remain closed until pool inspections and approvals have been completed. The recent cold weather resulted in a pipe burst that has impacted some areas of the building. As a result, change rooms will also remain closed as flooding clean-up and repairs continue. 

We all have a shared responsibility to support the safty of ourselves and those around us as we continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Online Bookings
Members are asked to pre-book their workouts or classes through the YMCA Portal. To access your account, click on MY Y ACCOUNT at YMCAHBB.CA.
  • Members may book one time slot per day, up to 48 hours in advance. 
  • Bookings will open on February 27th at 5:00am for our March 1st opening.
  • Fitness Centre bookings are 1 hour in length.
  • Group Fitness Classes are 45 minutes in length.
  • Aquatics remain closed at this time.
To ensure that all members have the opportunity to take advantage of the programs they enjoy, we are requesting that members limit their daily bookings to one time slot per day.
Membership Payments
Memberships and payment have been on hold for the duration of our closure. All YMCA memberships will be reactivated automatically upon reopening on March 1st. At that time your first scheduled payment will be withdrawn from your account.
Not ready to return to the YMCA?
Thank you for standing by us during this difficult time. Like you, the YMCA has also been impacted by the pandemic and as a charity dedicated to the health of individuals and community, we know we are needed more now than ever before. Your continued commitment means we'll get to keep serving you and our community today and well into the future.

If you are not yet ready to return to the YCA, and if your situation allows, you may turn your monthly membership fees into a donation to the YMCA. To do so or to place your membership on hold, please email your YMCA. We will continue to monitor and evaluate our processes and safety measures to make sure the Y you love is as safe as possible for all. 

We look forward to welcoming you back at the YMCA!
Update to YMCA Members
Issued: February 12, 2021
 
Today the Ontario government announced the gradual reopening of businesses across our region commencing on February 16 at 12:01am. In the Provincial COVID-19 Framework (colour-coded system), Hamilton and Halton will enter the CONTROL (red) stage and Brant County will enter RESTRICT (orange) stage.

We are working with our local public health authorities to understand new local regulations that will affect YMCA operations. At this time an opening date for your YMCA has not been determined.

Once we receive clarity on regulations, we will update our members on plans for a safe reopening.

Programs and services will be gradually re-opened to ensure safety for staff and participants and will be phased in over the coming weeks as staffing and resources are secured and facilities are reopened. Please note that all YMCA memberships and payments remain on hold.


We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Thank you for your support of the YMCA.
 

YMCA Temporary Closures as of Monday - All Members
Issued: December 21, 2020

A Message to our Valued YMCA Members:

Today, our Provincial government announced that the Province of Ontario would be entering a temporary lockdown period beginning Saturday, December 26th. We support the need to take this necessary step to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

To make it convenient for members, we're taking immediate steps to place all active YMCA memberships on hold as of Saturday, December 26th as all YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities will be closed. Please note that Hamilton memberships wer eplace on hold as of December 21st.

All memberships will automatically be placed on hold and no membership fees will be charged throughout the duration of the lockdown. No action is needed on your part. Membership payments will resume upon re-opening and we will give notice to members when that date is known.

Please note that we will not be processing individual membership suspensions or cancellations until re-opening.

Of course, we’re disappointed that we won’t be together in-person to deliver the YMCA health and fitness programs you know and love. To help keep you healthy, active and connected to your Y, we’ve added more than 25 new on-demand fitness classes to our Virtual YMCA at ywearehere.ca.

In the coming weeks, we’ll also be announcing some live-stream ‘Member Favourite Fitness Classes’ featuring some of your favourite YMCA instructors exclusively for members. We know that nothing can replace the experience of the face-to-face but we’re hoping these interactive classes help keep our YMCA friends together even when we’re physically apart.

As soon as we get the all clear to re-open again, memberships will be automatically reactivated for re-opening day. If you’re still not quite ready to come back, you will have the option to maintain your membership hold without penalty until you’re ready.

These are just some of the ways we are working hard to meet the needs of our members and remain connected with all of you during this challenging time.

We know there will be updates in the coming weeks and we are committed to keeping you updated.

We encourage you to #StayWithUs as we all work together to support the health of our community now and in the future.

Wishing you continued good health and all the very best for the holiday season.

Nicki Glowacki
Chief Operating Officer


YMCA Temporary Closures as of Monday - Hamilton Members
Issued: December 18, 2020

A Message to our Valued YMCA Members:

Today, our Provincial government announced that our community would be entering a temporary lockdown period beginning Monday, December 21. We support the need to take this necessary step to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

To make it convenient for members, we're taking immediate steps to place all active YMCA memberships on hold as of Monday, December 21st.

All memberships will automatically be placed on hold and no membership fees will be charged throughout the duration of the lockdown. No action is needed on your part. The YMCA will cease collecting membership payments as of Monday, December 21st. Membership payments will resume upon re-opening and we will give notice to members when that date is known. We will not be processing individual membership suspensions or cancellations until re-opening.

Of course, we’re disappointed that we won’t be together in-person to deliver the YMCA health and fitness programs you know and love. To help keep you healthy, active and connected to your Y, we’ve added more than 25 new on-demand fitness classes to our Virtual YMCA at ywearehere.ca.

In the coming weeks, we’ll also be announcing some live-stream ‘Member Favourite Fitness Classes’ featuring some of your favourite YMCA instructors exclusively for members. We know that nothing can replace the experience of the face-to-face but we’re hoping these interactive classes help keep our YMCA friends together even when we’re physically apart.

As soon as we get the all clear to re-open again, memberships will be automatically reactivated for re-opening day. If you’re still not quite ready to come back, you will have the option to maintain your membership hold without penalty until you’re ready.

These are just some of the ways we are working hard to meet the needs of our members and remain connected with all of you during this challenging time.

We know there will be updates in the coming weeks and we are committed to keeping you updated.

We encourage you to #StayWithUs as we all work together to support the health of our community now and in the future.

Wishing you continued good health.

Nicki Glowacki
Chief Operating Officer
New Guidelines Affecting Laurier Brantford YMCA - Brantford Members
Issued: December 18, 2020

Dear YMCA Members…

Today the provincial government announced that Brant County will be moving to Control Measures (red zone) of the COVID-19 Response Framework, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the region.

In accordance with the new measures, indoor amenites and acvities at the Laurier Branord YMCA will be further restricted.

As of Monday, December 21st:
  • The capacity in the Laurier Brantford YMCA will be limited to 10 people in group fitness classes and 10 people in the fitness centre per time slot.
  • Recreational sports have been cancelled.
  • The pool remains open for Lane Swim and Aquafit.
  • Masks will be required throughout the duration of your visit, including while taking part in physical acvity and while on the pool deck.
The YMCA is already in compliance with all other health measures related to group fitness and recreational activites that have been introduced.

To ensure that all members have the opportunity to take advantage of the programs they enjoy, we are requesting that members limit their daily bookings to one time slot per day.

The YMCA will continue to monitor and evolve our infection prevention and safety practices in accordance with both provincial and local public health recommendations.
Revised Guidelines Affecting Fitness Centres
Issued: November 26, 2020

Dear Valued YMCA Member…

The YMCA continues to adapt and comply with all requirements from both local and provincial health authorities in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. While the provincial government’s COVID-19 Response Framework outlines the requirements for each Zone, local health authorities may enhance those restrictions based on the pandemic situation in the local community. 

Today the YMCA received clarification from Hamilton Public Health about capacity limitations for fitness and recreational facilities currently in the Red Zone (Control Measures). Please note these important temporary changes which will be in effect for the following YMCA facilities only:
  • Flamborough Family YMCA
  • Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA
  • Les Chater Family YMCA
Effective Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Facilities will be limited to 10 members per facility per booked time slot (excluding staff and members taking part in aquatic activities)
  • All visits to the YMCA must be pre-booked to support contact-tracing – walk-in visits will no longer be accepted
  • Basketball and Pickleball bookings will be suspended until further notice
  • Group Fitness classes will be temporarily suspended from November 27th until Friday, December 4th during which we will amend schedules to incorporate group fitness classes beginning Saturday, December 5th
 Effective Saturday, December 5, 2020 Booked workouts will be limited to 60 minutes in order to provide more access to more members
  • Group Fitness Classes will be added back into schedules
To ensure members have an equitable opportunity to book their workout times, members will be able to book workouts up to 48 hours in advance of the scheduled time. Bookings will now open at 5:00am (instead of 1:00am). Bookings for December 5th and onwards will open on December 3rd.

We recognize that your schedule may change. To minimize "no-shows" we ask members to call your branch if you cannot attend your reserved time. This will allow staff to call other members on the wait list. 

We know these measures pose challenges for our valued members and we appreciate the support you’ve shown us. To support you, we will be piloting some live virtual fitness classes that you can do in the comfort of your own home. More information will be shared in the coming days.

As always, you can find great programs for every fitness level and age at YWeAreHere.ca <HYPERLINK>. We’ve recently added 30 new classes.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to navigate and adapt to support the health of our entire community.
 
Sincerely,
 
Genevieve Hladysh
Senior Regional Manager, Health, Fitness & Aquatics

New Guidelines Affecting YMCA Fitness Centres
Issued: November 13, 2020

Dear YMCA Members...

Today the provincial government announced that both Hamilton and Halton regions will be moving to Control Measures (red zone) of the COVID-19 Response Framework, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the regions.

In accordance with the new measures, indoor amenities and activities at YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres in Hamilton and Halton regions will be further restricted.

As of Monday, November 13th, the capacity in fitness centres will be limited to 10 people per time slot. The YMCA is already in compliance with all other health measures related to group fitness and recreational activities that have been introduced.

This restriction will be in place for the following YMCAs:
  • Flamborough Family YMCA
  • Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA
  • Les Chater Family YMCA
  • Ron Edwards Family YMCA
The Laurier Brantford YMCA has been moved to the Restrict Measures (orange) and is in compliance with all requirements.

YMCA members who have booked a time slot in the fitness centre for next week, will receive a phone call from a member of the YMCA team if their booking needs to be moved to another time slot.

To ensure that all members have the opportunity to take advantage of the programs they enjoy, we are requesting that members limit their daily bookings to one time slot per day.

The YMCA will continue to monitor and evolve our infection prevention and safety practices in accordance with both provincial and local public health recommendations.

Sincerely,

Genevieve Hladysh
Senior Regional Manager, Health, Fitness & Aquatics
New Health Guidelines for Hamilton YMCA Fitness Centres
Attn: Flamborough Family YMCA, Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA & Les Chater Family YMCA Members
 
Issued: October 20, 2020

Dear YMCA Members...

Yesterday, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, issued new enhanced guidelines for gyms and recreational activities in Hamilton, given rising cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton.

At the YMCA, the safety of our communities, members and staff is our first priority. We continue to follow the advice and recommendations of our public health authorities. As the pandemic evolves, we must continue to be vigilant in adopting new changes and recommendations that are put forth.

Based on Dr. Richardson's recommendations, the following new measures will be put in place effective Wednesday, October 21st:
  • All members participating in exercise must maintain a physical distance of 3 metres (this is an increase from 2 meters)
  • Indoor Group Fitness class sizes will be limited to 10 persons (including the instructor) per class
  • Masks must be worn while exercising, with the exception of aquatics activities (recommendation was previously adopted by the YMCA on Friday, October 16th)
  • Recreational sports are limited to training (no games are to be played), with limits on the number of players per sport:
    • Basketball: 1 player per net
    • Racquetball: 1 player per court
    • Pickleball: 2 players per court
If you are currently registered in an upcoming Group Fitness Class, a YMCA membership associate will be in contact with you to inform if you have been moved to a waitlist.

We know how important it is to maintain good health, now more than ever. Individual conditioning in the Fitness Centre, aquatics programming, racquetball, pickleball and basketball may be booked for training purposes. Bookings can be made online through the YMCA Portal. We also have a variety of free online fitness programs for all levels at YWeAreHere.ca.
 
Thank you for your understanding and for your ongoing support of the YMCA.
 
Temporary Suspension of YMCA Indoor Group Fitness Classes: Ron Edwards Family YMCA
Issued: October 20, 2020

Dear YMCA Members...

Yesterday, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidan Meghani issued updated recommedations for the delivery of health and fitness programs giving rising cases of COVID-19 in the Halton region.

At the YMCA, the safety of our communities, members and staff is our first priority. We continue to follow the advice and recommendations of our public health authorities. As the pandemic evolves, we must continue to be vigilant in adopting new changes and recommendations that are put forth.

Based on Dr. Meghani's recommendation, we are temporarily suspending all indoor group fitness classes at the Ron Edwards Family YMCA, effective Wednesday, October 21st. If you are currently registered in an upcoming class, a YMCA membership associate will be in contact with you to cancel your booking.

In addition to this recommendation, we ask:
  • Members maintain a physical distance of at least 3 metres and wear a mask while exercising.
  • Recreational sports are limited to training (no games are to be played), with limits on the number of players per sport:
    • Basketball: 1 player per net
    • Racquetball: 1 player per court
    • Pickleball: 2 players per court
We know how important it is to maintain good health, now more than ever. Individual conditioning in the Fitness Centre, aquatics programming, racquetball, pickleball and basketball will remain open at this time. Bookings can be made online through the YMCA Portal. We also have a variety of free online fitness programs for all levels at YWeAreHere.ca.

Thank you for your understanding and for your ongoing support of the YMCA.
 

YMCA Mask Policy Change
Issued: October 15, 2020

Dear YMCA Members…

At the YMCA, the safety of our communities, members and employees is our first priority. 

We continue to review emerging and evolving directives and guidance from federal, provincial and local public health officials to inform our infection prevention and safety practices as our communities work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Based on increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Hamilton and Halton regions and recent recommendations from Hamilton’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson in the Hamilton Spectator, we are taking immediate action to update our current mask policy.

Across our YMCA, and consistent with local by-laws, masks are currently required in all indoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible. 

Effective Friday, October 16th, we will also require the use of masks while exercising in our Hamilton, Flamborough and Burlington YMCA health and fitness centres including on our conditioning floor, in weight areas, and during group fitness classes. 

The YMCA continues to monitor and work closely with local public health officials in the City of Brantford. We strongly recommend the use of masks while exercising at the Laurier Brantford YMCA and will continue to monitor the needs and adjust our mask protocols in Brantford accordingly should it be required.

We recognize these changes are based on a public health recommendation rather than a directive, but believe it is a responsible decision given the increasing cases and COVID-19 outbreaks in the Hamilton and Halton communities.

Do I have to wear a mask while I exercise?
Effective Friday, October 16th, masks are required while exercising in our Hamilton, Burlington, and Flamborough YMCAs. Masks are also strongly recommended while exercising at the Laurier Brantford YMCA.

Do I have to wear a mask while swimming?
In accordance with the Lifesaving Society, masks are not recommended or required while swimming however, masks are required while on the pool deck.

What type of mask should I wear while exercising?
Cloth masks or masks made of a moisture-wicking material work well. Masks should be washed after each workout. You may want to consider having a spare mask on hand as your mask gets damp from increased breathing. Mingle masks are not considered appropriate replacements for cloth masks. Surgical and fabric masks do not add resistance while inhaling. Finding a mask that fits well or a face covering with a fabric that is soft will help you stay comfortable.

Is it safe to wear a mask while exercising?
Yes, it is safe to wear a mask while exercising. If you have concerns about wearing a mask while working out, start with lower exertion level and monitor how you’re feeling throughout your workout.

Can I wear a visor in place of a mask?
No. Following Public Health Guidelines visors are a recommended alternative to goggles however not for a mask.

How do I wear a mask properly?
Public Health Ontario advises:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before putting on your mask
  • Secure the loops of the mask around your ears
  • Cover your mouth, nose and chin with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
  • Do not touch the front of the mask while you wear it
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before removing the mask by the loops
  • If you remove your mask you should place it carefully on a clean surface or in a clean container with the part that was on your mouth and nose facing up. Remember to always clean your hands before and after touching your mask
  • Do not wear your mask on your chin, head or hanging off your ear.
 Who is exempt from wearing a mask?
In support of Public Health guidelines, effective October 16 there will be no exemptions from this policy.

The YMCA will continue to monitor and evolve our infection prevention and safety practices in accordance with public health recommendations.

Thank you for helping us keep our community healthy!
YMCA Membership Update
Issued: September 29th

Dear YMCA Members...

We've been so pleased to welcome our members back to the YMCA over the past month. We have very much appreciated the support of our members and the feedback you've shared about your experience as you've returned.

As always, the health and safety of our members and staff is our top priority. As we slowly re-introduce programs and services, we are continuously evaluating our operations and following the latest public health guidelines. We have a few updates to make you aware of.

Change Rooms Are Open
Though we’ve reopened all YMCA change rooms, we highly encourage members to come to the YMCA workout ready in order to limit the amount of time and people in change rooms. When using change rooms:
  • Please maintain physical distancing.
  • Masks must be worn while in the change room and on the pool deck.
  • Use only the lockers that have been marked for use.
  • If lockers are at capacity, please bring your belongings with you to your workout area.
  • Please do not congregate. After showering and changing please exit so that staff can sanitize the space and the next group of members may safely use the change room.
To reduce high touch areas, we have removed all products from change rooms. As per Public Health Guidelines, steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs remain closed.

Towel Service
Towel service has been reintroduced for Adult Only members. Towels may be picked up at the Membership Desk. There is a limit of two per person. Used towels should be dropped in the towel receptacles in the change rooms. 

Program Updates
We are continuously evaluating our program offerings and are re-introducing programs based on demand, capacity and sanitization practices.

Racquetball & Squash
As of September 28th, we have reopened racquetball and squash courts. Booking for courts can be made online through the YMCA Portal. Please note that bookings are limited to 2 members per court booking. Please bring your own equipment as rentals are currently unavailable.
 
Basketball, Pickleball & Badminton
Basketball, Pickleball and Badminton will resume on October 5th with limited numbers. Please book online. Members are required to bring their own equipment.

Child & Youth Programs and Swim Lessons
We were optimistic that we would be able to restart child and youth programs and Swim Lessons in October, however given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, we've elected to pause for a few weeks. We continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate timing on the delivery of these programs.

Membership Hold
We know not everyone is ready to return to the YMCA. If you would like a bit more time, you can put your membership on hold or extend the current hold on your membership. To do so, please contact your YMCA through email or phone: Financial Assistance
If you would like to come back but your financial situation has changed, you may qualify for financial assistance. Please phone your YMCA for further information.

Again, we thank you for your support of the YMCA. We encourage you to speak with a staff member or contact us online if you have any feedback or questions.

Important YMCA Reopening Information
Issued: August 26, 2020

Dear YMCA Members...

Taking care of our health is important now more than ever before. At the Y, we're here to help you stay active, health and iprove your well-being.

As previously shared, we're excited to share our reopening dates with you:
  • August 31: Les Chater Family YMCA
  • September 8: Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA | Laurier Brantford YMCA | Ron Edwards Family YMCA
  • September 11: Flamborough Family YMCA
We want to help you prepare for your return to the YMCA in the healthiest and safest way possible.
 
Online Bookings
While we've been closed, we've been working hard to improve your YMCA experience. All members will automatically have an account in our new YMCA Portal where you will be able to manage your own account, book workouts and manage family schedules. Within the next 24 hours, you will receive an email prompt from the YMCA asking you to activate your YMCA Portal prior to booking your first workout with us. Members who do not have an email address on file will be required to visit the YMCA Portal through ymcahbb.ca and enter their YMCA Membership Card number in order to activate their account or contact my.account@ymcahbb.ca to receive staff support.
 
Members may book up to two time slots per day, up to 7 days in advance:
  • Fitness Floor Workouts – 1 hour and 15 minutes in length
  • Group Fitness Classes – 45 minutes in length
  • Aquatics – 45 minute swim length with a 15 minute transition to use changerooms (may book up to two swims back to back)
Here are some things we're kindly asking our members to do to support health and safety:
  • Book your workout time online
  • Wear your mask while travelling throughout the facility (masks do not need to be worn while participating in physical activity)
  • Maintain 2 metres apart from other people
  • Bring your own water bottle, towel and yoga mat
  • Arrive dressed and ready for your workout as changerooms will initially be closed, with the exception of members using the pool
  • Complete a health screening prior to arrival
  • Clean equipment using the cleaning system provided, both before and after each use
 
We all have a shared responsibility to support the safety of ourselves and those around us as we continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
 
How the YMCA is protecting your health
As you would expect, this means we’ve modified spaces, access points, traffic flow through our facilities and more. Here are just a few of the safety measures you’ll see when you visit the Y:

Workouts / Classes by appointment
  • Members will be required to pre-book their workout or class through our new online YMCA Portal. Workouts will be booked in 1 hour and 15 minute time slots with a 15 minute break between workout slots to allow for cleaning and safe entry and exit of members.
Reduced hours of operation
  • Monday to Friday: 6am – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 2pm
  • We will continue to monitor these hours and make changes as required.
Reduced building access
  • Building capacities are limited according to both provincial guidelines and local public health authorities
  • Some areas of the YMCA will remain temporarily closed
Physical distancing measures
  • Any line-ups are marked with physical distancing markers
  • Equipment on the Fitness Floor has been spaced apart or temporarily out of use to maintain 2 metres between members working out
  • Workout spaces in Group Fitness Classes are clearly marked two metres apart
  • Single one-way directional entry and exits
Increased sanitization and disinfection
  • Staff will be frequently cleaning high-touch areas
  • Facilities will be closed mid-day for a 30 minute deep cleaning
  • Electrostatic sprayers will be used during deep cleaning hours.
  • All hard-surface disinfectants used are on the approved product list from Health Canada.
Increased hand-sanitizing stations
  • We have increased the number of hand-sanitizing stations throughout all areas of the facility and are encouraging frequent hand-sanitizing when moving throughout the facility.
Health screenings prior to entry
  • Members will be required to complete a quick online health assessment within the 2 hours prior to entry at each visit.
  • The health assessment will be accessible at: ymcahbb.ca
Contactless scan-in stations
  • Members will show their membership card at the desk for a quick card scan where no direct contact is made between card and scanner.
For all the most current information, please read our Reopening Strategy.

As we slowly reopen, we will continue to monitor and evaluate our processes and safety measures to make sure the Y you love is as a safe as possible for all. As always, we want your feedback. If there are improvements or suggestions to safety measures, please speak with a member of the YMCA Team, email your YMCA branch or submit an online form and we would be happy to discuss.

We're ready for you! And we can't wait to see you!

Sincerely,

Genevieve Hladysh
Senior Regional Manager, Health Fitness & Aquatics

Thank you for your support - we're closing in on our fundraising target!
Issued: August 6, 2020

Dear Members...

We're thrilled to share that we will slowly be reopening our YMCA doors at the Les Chater Family YMCA, beginning on Monday, August 31st. Our other locations will follow shortly thereafter.

We've done everything possible to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards of health and safety and we've modified our policies and programs to ensure proper physical distancing practices can be maintained.

The plan for a safe return to operating our programs and welcoming you back is our priority. As we do, we have incurred increased costs in preparing our centres to protect our members, our staff and residents at our downtown Hamilton location. We are also expecting the needs for subsidized access to YMCA programs to be greater.

As shared in previous communications, the costs to meet programming and service needs is $250,000. Due to the generous support of our donors, members and key stakeholders we are currently 75% towards our fundraising goal of $250,000! Thank you to everyone who has generously donated so far.

We are almost there and if you are in a position to support our community, please help. With your support for our greatest needs, we can be ready to deliver the programming and services our community needs.

If you are in a position to help, please support our Greatest Needs Fund.

The inclusive nature of all programs means every child and family, no matter their economic situation is welcome at the YMCA and have a place to belong. For over 160 years, the YMCA has never turned anyone away and we don't plan to start now.

If you can help, in anyway and at any level, please donate today.

Thank you again for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Paul Haddad
Vice President, Philanthropy
Your YMCA Re-Opening Date!
Issued: July 31, 2020

Dear Members....

We are hard at work preparing to welcome you back to your YMCA! We have carefully modified programs, amenities, and protocols but with the same friendly support and quality exercise options you know and love. We are ready to help you regain your physical and mental health after this shut down. Over the past week, we obtained further clarity around some of the new provincial guidelines and today we are excited to share the dates for the phased re-opening of our YMCA beginning in late August.
Location OPening Date
Les Chater Family YMCA August 31, 2020
Ron Edwards Family YMCA September 8, 2020
Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA September 8, 2020
Laurier Brantford YMCA September 8, 2020
Flamborough Family YMCA September 11, 2020















Memberships remain on hold at this time. All adult and student memberships will reactivate on August 31 to ensure you're able to access your YMCA Health & Fitness Centre on opening day. Child and Youth memberships will remain on hold until we're able to safely resume child and youth programming.

If you're not quite ready to return, you can keep your membership on hold a little longer by complete our simple Membership Form. While you can access your YMCA as early as opening day, as a convenience for all members, membership payments will not resume until the week of September 21, 2020.

We will continue to share regular updates on what you can expect when you return to your YMCA as we get closer to opening day. To ensure your health and safety, we're making some adjustments to our regular programs and hours of operations.

Eager to get back to your YMCA community right away? We’ll be hosting some outdoor group fitness classes exclusively for YMCA members in each of our communities throughout the month of August. Dates, times, locations and registration details will be shared through email in the coming week.

The past few months have been challenging for all of us in our community including your YMCA. Needs in our community continue to grow and the role of your YMCA is more critical than ever before, particularly for the children, youth and families facing financial barriers.

The inclusive nature of all programs means every child and family, no matter their economic situation is welcome at the YMCA and have place to belong. For over 160 years, the YMCA has never turned anyone away and we don’t plan to start to now.

If you can help, in anyway and at any level, please do so by visiting www.ymcahbb.ca/donate
We’ve missed our valued YMCA members just as much as you’ve missed us. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the YMCA soon.

Sincerely,
Nicki Glowacki, Chief Operating Officer
 
YMCA Member Update
Issued: July 17, 2020

Dear Members…

On July 13th the Ontario government announced that nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the provinces reopening framework. This stage will include the eventual reopening of our YMCA facilities.
 
We appreciate there are some positive steps forward with this announcement, however at this time an opening date for your YMCA has not been determined. We know it will take several weeks to put plans in place for a safe reopening, once we receive clarity on the provincial guidelines.
 
The first step in doing so will be recalling our YMCA Staff Team and ensuring everyone is appropriately trained on new health and safety protocols. Facilities will be retrofitted with dividers, signage and other health measures where appropriate and pools will require public health inspection.
 
We are as excited to eventually welcome you back just as much as many of you have shared you are to return. We have received some incredibly supportive notes from many members and we thank you.

We also recognize that not everyone will be ready to return upon reopening. If you wish to extend the current hold on your membership, you may do so by completing a Membership Hold Form.

We will continue to keep you updated on the measures we’re taking to keep everyone safe and once a reopening date has been determined, you will be the first to know.

Sincerely,

Genevieve Hladysh
Senior Regional Manager, Health, Fitness & Aquatics
We're Getting Ready for You!
Issued: July 9, 2020

Dear Members…

We miss you! It’s been hard being away from the people we care about and who make up the YMCA. We know many of you are eager to get back to your YMCA and wonder when you can return.

Once we get the green light from our Province and move to Phase 3 we will be able to begin re-opening our Health & Fitness Centres in a phased approach. Across all of our YMCA programs, we’re following some important principles to guide our re-opening plans; among these is a commitment to put people first – both our valued YMCA members and employees. We want to welcome you back as safely as possible.

In the meantime, we’re busy getting ready and doing everything possible to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards of health and safety and modifying our policies and programs to ensure proper physical distancing practices can be maintained. Each of our Health & Fitness Centres has undergone a thorough deep cleaning during our closure and we’ve modified spaces, access points, traffic flow through our facilities and more.

Here are just a few of the safety measures you'll see when you visit the Y:
  • Glass barriers at Membership Desks
  • Health screenings upon entry
  • Contactless scan-in stations
  • Single one-way directional entry and exit
  • Physical distancing measures to maintain 2 metres between other people
  • Increased sanitization and disinfection
  • Increased hand-sanitizing stations
  • Controlled building access and class sizes to support physical distancing
We all have a shared responsibility to support the safety of ourselves and those around us as we continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Over the coming weeks, we will slowly reopen spaces and programs within your YMCA as it becomes safe to do so. This may mean you will have to vary your workout routine through a combination of programs at the YMCA, virtual fitness at home or outdoors, as we all adjust to changes in the YMCA environment.

For the convenience of members, we’re also investing in new technology solutions to help you pre-book and manage your workouts online. We’re committed to supporting access to this new technology and keeping members informed about re-opening plans. To ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you and your family, we encourage you to complete our Member Communications Information Form, where you can also subscribe to our Member newsletter. Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels as we await further provincial announcements.

Finally, as we plan for a safe return to YMCA programs, we know more children, youth and families will need the support of our YMCA. The needs of our community will be greater than ever. If you can help, at any level, please do so by visiting: www.ymcahbb.ca/donate.

Although the ways we’ll interact with one another may look different, you’ll always be able to connect with people, improve your health and wellness, nurture your children’s potential, and help strengthen our community. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Genevieve Hladysh
Senior Regional Manager, Health, Fitness & Aquatics