Guided by this strategic direction, we will:

1. Prioritize the mental health of our participants,
    volunteers, and staff

3. Create more and fairer housing options for older
    adults and youth

2. Deliver and advocate for more high-quality,
    affordable child care

4. Help those disadvantaged in finding
    employment, especially youth, navigate the
    uncertain labour market

While the YMCA works to help all people increase their well-being, we also know systemic barriers make it harder for some groups to reach their full potential than others. COVID-19 both exacerbated and drew greater attention to many of these existing barriers, including the dearth of mental health support, child care, housing, and employment opportunities outlined in our Goals. Though this list is far from complete, it strategically focuses on the key issues on which the YMCA can bring its expertise to bear.

Why it matters


35,208 people reached through YMCA of Greater Toronto Employment Services in 2019–2020.


50% of Canadians reported worsened mental health since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic according to CAMH survey.


1 in 5 tenants who are seniors spend 50% or more of their income on housing, risking homelessness.