Guided by this strategic direction, we will:
1. Grow our digital programs and communities, and
make them accessible and inclusive
3. Adapt existing Centres to meet new health
2. Open new YMCA Centres of Community
4. Expand beyond our walls and bring the YMCA to
new and non-traditional places
COVID-19 has already transformed the ways people access resources, opportunities, and supports — and the ways our Y delivers them. During the state of emergency in spring 2020, we brought programming directly into the homes of our community members via hundreds of videos and livestreams. Reaching beyond the walls of our buildings and offering more innovative, online experiences will remain a priority to ensure that people have opportunities to learn, play, grow, get help, and give back right at their fingertips.
At the same time, the need for social connection and community has never been greater. As crucial as virtual programming is, it simply can’t replace face-to-face interactions. The YMCA will continue to be the place where neighbours gather to enjoy the powerful effects of such interactions on their well-being. Whether we’re in a school, park, or YMCA Centre of Community, our first priority will continue to be the health and safety of our community members, volunteers, and staff.
Why it matters
94% of Canadians had home internet access in 2018.
The projected increase in the GTA’s population is 37%, from 7 million in 2019 to over 9.5 million by 2046.
Participants in YMCA programs and services are 19% more likely to have high life satisfaction.