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Financial Assistance

YMCA Calgary wants everyone to have the opportunity to take part in its programs and enjoy its facilities and services. Assistance is available at all YMCA locations and program sites for those who feel they would benefit from joining the YMCA, but are financially unable, not unwilling, to pay the full general membership and/or program fees.

The YMCA Calgary Opportunity Fund is partly supported by dollars raised annually through YMCA Calgary's Strong Kids Campaign. It is through the generosity of our YMCA family and friends that everyone can have a YMCA experience.

Here are the Steps

  1. Complete the Application Form
  2. Bring your completed application and information to Member Services at the home branch you wish to join.

Please bring one of these benefits card(s):

  • IS: Income Support
  • AISH: Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
  • ACHB: Alberta Child Health Benefits
  • AAHB: Alberta Adult Health Benefits
  • City Of Calgary Fee Assistance Card
  • Letter from community partnering organizations (contact Member Services for more details)


How does the YMCA determine how much I can afford to pay?

The YMCA uses the government's Low Income Cut-Off Chart to determine your eligibility.

Can the YMCA deny my application for membership and/or program assistance?

Your request could be denied if you have not met the minimum facility usage requirements or if your financial information does not identify an inability to pay for the fees.

If I receive assistance from the Opportunity Fund, what is expected of me?

Please keep all information and fees discussed confidential, complete all payments and you must use the facility a minimum of twice a week.

Is it possible to join the YMCA for free?

Everyone must pay some portion of the annual membership/program fee.

How do I renew my membership?

All memberships have an expiry date (up to one year). The YMCA does not remind you when your membership expires. As a member, it is your responsibility to contact Member Services to renew your membership. You must bring in your current income documents to be renewed. Your facility use will be reviewed.