In tough times, YMCA steps up. Join us.

As a wellness charity, one of our key differences from other providers of fitness and recreation is our open access policy – no one is turned away because of the inability to pay.

We work with every Calgarian to accommodate their financial circumstances so they can access our programs and facilities, a commitment we’ve kept for over 100 years.


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As the economic situation in Calgary deteriorates, we are seeing increasing demand on subsidized memberships at YMCA Calgary. Currently, one in five children are subsidized, with a similar number of adults, and these numbers continue to grow every day.

But, there’s a problem.

At the same time demand is rising, we are seeing fewer donor dollars flowing to our Strong Kids program, an access fund that particularly allows children to enjoy opportunities at the YMCA. We’ve also seen a 14% increase in the total number of adult and child subsidy requests.

We’re asking you to consider giving, or giving a little bit more, to make sure young Calgarians have access to health and wellness, community-building and leadership opportunities here at the Y.

How to give








It’s easy to give online here  or through Member Services.

Calgary has seen economic challenges before. This is when we as a city, and a YMCA community, come together to help. Thank you for supporting access to YMCA programs and services that give all Calgarians the opportunity to be healthy and active. Your generosity matters more now than ever.