A group of smiling adults and children pose for a photo. YMCA partners help us build a healthier Canada.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
– African proverb

At the Y, we know that by working with others, we can extend our reach and provide vital programs and services to even more Canadians. Through partnerships with government, corporations, NGOs and other charities, we are finding new and innovative ways of building healthier communities.

YMCAs across the country collaborate with hundreds of partner organizations each year on initiatives that have allowed us to expand into new program areas, support underserved populations and address critical health issues.

By sharing our expertise, knowledge, resources and infrastructure with each other, we achieve more than we could alone.

Featured National Partners

Our national partners featured below are just six of the many organizations who are playing a significant role in helping us build a healthier Canada.

See a full list of our National Office partners

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

The YMCA and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities proudly work together to help more Canadian kids live healthy, active lives. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities provides much needed funding for children in communities across Canada who otherwise would be unable to access sports and recreational programs.

In many communities across Canada, local YMCAs help faciliate the application process for families in financial need so they can receive funding to help with registration fees, equipment and/or transportation.

Google Canada

YMCA Canada is pleased to be partnering with NPower Canada and Google Canada as part of Google’s $2 million commitment to train job seekers in digital skills in Canada for new careers in technology in under six months. The support includes a three-year Google.org grant to NPower Canada to deliver Google Career Certificate programs and to deploy 5,000 need-based scholarships to access the program.
 
Over the next three years, the YMCA will have a role in referring 250 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 for participation, an emphasis on encouraging applications from equity-seeking groups including those identifying as female and/or gender-diverse, Black, Indigenous and other racialized youth, LGBTQ2SIA+ youth, newcomer youth, and youth with disabilities.

For more information about the initiative and partnership, read Google Canada’s Press Release.

NPower Canada

YMCA Canada is pleased to be partnering with NPower Canada and Google Canada as part of Google’s $2 million commitment to train job seekers in digital skills in Canada for new careers in technology in under six months. The support includes a three-year Google.org grant to NPower Canada to deliver Google Career Certificate programs and to deploy 5,000 need-based scholarships to access the program.
 
Over the next three years, the YMCA will have a role in referring 250 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 for participation, an emphasis on encouraging applications from equity-seeking groups including those identifying as female and/or gender-diverse, Black, Indigenous and other racialized youth, LGBTQ2SIA+ youth, newcomer youth, and youth with disabilities.

For more information about the initiative and partnership, read Google Canada’s Press Release.
 

United Way

YMCA Canada is proud to partner with United Way Centraide Canada to tackle significant community issues, through programs such as the 4Rs Youth Movement, to  build a healthier Canada. Many YMCAs across Canada are proud to recognize local United Way Agencies for their generous support of healthy living and community development programs.

YWCA

As one of the longest-serving charities in Canada, we are proud of our long history of partnership with the YWCAs in Canada, and continue to work together on pressing issues facing all young people across the country. While the YMCA and the YWCA in Canada were established as separate and independent organizations, we have worked together on many occasions to better support our communities.

Today we have 4 joint YMCA-YWCA operations who work directly together to serve their communities. The YMCA and YWCA also work together on national projects such as the Strong Girls, Strong World program, empowering young women across the country through ten local, youth-led projects, funded by Status of Women Canada.