YMCA Fact: Immigrant Services since 1870s

  • As far back as the 1870s classes were held to provide training to help citizens and immigrants find work.
  • In the 1930s, the YMCA initiated strategies to support unemployed by providing job counseling and training programs to teach skills.
  • The recession of the 1980s generated a host of additional employment, training and literacy programs for youth and adults, including unemployed youth at risk.
  • In the 1990s, the YMCA, with the private sector and federal government, launched a national youth internship program, to help give unemployed youth work experience. The Y’s settlement services continue to assist new immigrants in becoming oriented to life in Canada.
  • Did you know YMCA Calgary has an Immigrant Services area? Click here to find out more.