The YMCA of Niagara, in partnership with the City of Port Colborne have formed a long term partnership to provide health and fitness programs and services within the new Vale Health & Wellness Centre which opened February 16, 2013.
The Vale Health & Wellness Centre is a 145,000 sq ft facility that includes two NHL size rinks, a 25 metre lap pool, a leisure pool, an indoor walking track, a gymnasium and bocce courts.
Residents are encouraged to purchase a membership to access YMCA programs and services, but residents can also buy day passes and swim passes priced at a fair fee for the value.
The Benefits of Belonging
The YMCA builds healthy communities by helping you to achieve your personal goals as part of a community of people that nurtures both your success and the success of your local community.
Your YMCA Membership
When you join the Y, you will have access to people, programs and facilities to help you become healthier, feel better about yourself, and feel more connected to your community. By joining the Y, you can look forward to:
friendly and welcoming staff
unlimited drop-in adult fitness and aquatics classes
access to programs at all YMCA of Niagara facilities and guest privileges at all Canadian YMCA’s
a family friendly environment
convenient hours and class times
open gym time and recreational sports
open and lane swims
clean and well maintained facilities and equipment
use of day lockers and change rooms
opportunities to volunteer
physical accessibility features
We Are Open To All
As a leading charity, we offer opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, age, sex, creed, ability or economic circumstances. Men, women and children come to the YMCA to grow and develop into happier, more productive people. Regular participation in YMCA membership activities supports a balanced approach to personal growth, health and wellness.
As a charitable organization, the YMCA strives to serve all segments of the community, including those with limited financial means. Donors to the YMCA make it possible. Last year, our YMCA awarded financial assistance to over 17,493 individuals, enabling them to participate in a variety of programs and services. Our Membership Assistance program serves those individuals and families who have the greatest need in our community. They are unable, not unwilling, to pay the full fee for a general membership.
If your current financial circumstances are limiting your ability to participate, financial assistance may be provided.
• a 25 metre lane pool and leisure pool, for swim instruction, aquatic exercise, rehabilitation and recreation
• fully accessible facility featuring an elevator, wheel chair ramp, and aquatic wheel chair
• pool features including seated area with warm water jets and spray features for children.
• a gymnasium, divisible into three sections and flexible to let kids play, families connect, and youth shoot hoops – all at the same time
• social gathering areas within a friendly and welcoming environment
• specialized child minding facility (Play Centre) to support families using the YMCA
• family change facilities
• a physically accessible design
• access to indoor public track
• a health and wellness space focusing on health enhancement in spirit, mind and body
The YMCA reviews fees and makes adjustments annually. Members paying by pre-authorized payments (excluding financially assisted members) will have the fee increase applied unless written direction is given to cancel the membership. You will receive notification 10 days in advance of any fee adjustment. You are responsible to ensure we have your correct mailing address.
(Fees effective September 1, 2013.)
Adult General (24+ yrs)
Young Adult (18-23 yrs)
Youth (13-17 yrs)
Child (up to12 yrs)*
Family General with Children
Note: Prices quoted above are monthly rates and do not include HST.
*Child category exempt for HST.
A photo id/proof of age is required when purchasing a membership.
First month will be prorated to reflect start date.
Family applies to a maximum of two adult spouses living at the same address.
Family with children option applies to a maximum of two adult spouses and any number of dependent children up to age 24 living at the same address.
Young Adults with a valid student card may arrange 4 or 8 month memberships. All other memberships are annual.
To arrange a confidential appointment for Membership Assistance please see the Membership Desk. Applicants will be asked to provide documentation of personal income and expenses. Membership financial assistance is, in part, made possible through our Strong Kids annual support campaign.
Please contact us for more information. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
When you purchase a YMCA membership, you receive a photo membership identification card. Please present this card to access the Y. You will need your card to enter the Gym and Fitness Centre. If you forget your card, please present a piece of photo identification. Your card is not transferable and may be used by you only. Please allow our staff to scan your card upon arrival - this registers your visit.
Your YMCA membership fees can be paid in full or by installments through our convenient pre-authorized monthly payment plan. All monthly memberships on a pre-authorized plan will be continuous. The first month will be pro-rated to reflect your start date.
The Building Fee is used to maintain YMCA facilities and equipment through capital improvements. Adult members will be required to pay a Building Fee. Only one Building Fee is paid per family living at the same address. The Building fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of registration.
$100 per Adult / Adult Family plus HST.
Children’s Fitness Tax Credit
Your child’s YMCA membership qualifies for the Government of Canada’s Fitness Tax Credit. The CFTC lets parents claim up to $500 for children 16 years and under who are enrolled in a supervised program of prescribed physical activity. Please visit ymcaofniagara.org for further information. Details on how to claim the CFTC, can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Membership may be cancelled at any time. There is no cancellation fee. Monthly pre-authorized memberships must be cancelled in writing 10 days prior to your payment date. For prepaid memberships, refunds are completed upon written notification for any unused portion. Please return membership card and allow 14 business days for processing.
‘Adult’ and ‘Young Adult’ members may bring guests who have not been to the Y before to receive a complimentary day pass. Guests must be 16 years of age and bring appropriate photo identification. Guests who have accessed the Y in the last 2 years are invited to purchase a day pass for $11.
All young adults and adults have unlimited general membership privileges at all Niagara region YMCA’s. Child/Youth members have program privileges in their home YMCA and unlimited open/family swim access at all other branches.
The Port Colborne YMCA is located at 550 Elizabeth Street.
The Port Colborne Branch of the YMCA of Niagara will be open the following hours for your convenience. Please note that on holidays, our program schedules may be reduced.
Regular Building Hours
Monday - Friday 6:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Holidays 7:00am - 4:00pm
Summer Building Hours (effective June 28, 2014)
Monday-Friday 6:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 7:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 7:00am - 4:00pm
Holidays 7:00am - 1:00pm
If you would like more information regarding our programs and services, or would care to comment on your YMCA experience, please contact:
Ben McDermott - Centre Manager
Port Colborne YMCA
YMCA of Niagara
550 Elizabeth Street Port Colborne ON
Tel: 905 835 9622