The YMCA of Niagara is proud to announce that three of our HFA facilities are being deployed as vaccination sites.

Our Port Colborne, Niagara West and Niagara Centre YMCA HFA branches will be designated vaccination sites in partnership with Niagara Region Public Health

We believe this is an important way for us to advance community health and  assist in with local vaccination. Questions related to these operations should be directed to Niagara Region Public Health.

Niagara Region names 11 clinic sites to vaccinate 80-plus population

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Province-wide emergency and stay-at-home

What this means for the YMCA of Niagara

Based on the province-wide emergency and stay-at-home order, the YMCA of Niagara is temporarily not able to operate in-person programs. We continue to offer a variety of other virtual programs including online fitness classespersonal trainingEarlyON programsKid FitYouth Action, Employment ServicesImmigrant Services and more.

Our YMCA leadership team is constantly assessing the messages from Public Health requesting people remain vigilant and cautious in preventing community transmission of the virus, especially as new variables are emerging with less understood variants.

At this time, we will not be resuming in-person programs at any of our YMCA of Niagara fitness facilities.

We will continue to monitor the situation locally, and apply three priorities to inform our decisions related to our Health, Fitness, and Aquatics operations:

  • Health and safety of our staff and members
  • Community interest in attending in-person programming
  • Financial viability as a responsible charity

Stay active with our Online Programs

Our Online Group Fitness Package has expanded and includes more than 40 fitness classes per week, plus a wide range of programs that can be accessed safely from the comfort of your home.

Please check the schedules and class descriptions online, and learn how to take part in your first trial class for FREE!

Online Personal Training

Whether you’re just getting started, looking to get active, or need a mental break, our  YMCA-certified Personal Trainers provide a customized plan, supervise your progress and motivate you to succeed. We now offer an Online Personal Training program that can be accessed safely from the comfort of your home.

Kid Fit 

To keep the children in your family active we have converted our popular YMCA Kid Fit program to a live experience.

This program is designed for children and youth aged 3 to 12 years. YMCA Kid Fit Online takes the best of all of our previous activity streams and combines them in a 30 or 45 minute class. Each class is action-packed and will include a mix of Cardio, Yoga and GameOn activities.

We will continue to apply a staged and informed approach to the resumption of in-person programs and services and we will continue to provide updates as local conditions unfold.

Membership Payments

We will pause taking future payments from HFA members while we are closed and memberships will be placed on HOLD. Once we reopen, adjustment can be made to accounts.

More Virtual Programming

We encourage you to participate in our virtual programming during this closure:

  • Please try our free online workouts led by YMCA certified fitness instructors
  • For members living with chronic disease or other health and wellness challenges, please visit our free YHealth portal for virtual health management programs instructed by professionals and YMCA certified fitness instructors
  • For your mental health, we offer a variety of free seminars from mental health professionals
  • Watch out for a variety of new child and youth virtual program offering

Child Care

Based on the Ministry of Education’s announcement to close Ontario schools until further notice for in-person learning following the current April School Break, please be advised that our school age before and after school program is paused to align with the school closure. There is no impact to our YMCA of Niagara infant/toddler/preschool child care programs. For more details, click here.

EarlyON

All EarlyON Child and Family Centres operated by the YMCA of Niagara will remain closed as per directives from Niagara Region Children’s Services and provincial legislation. Programs and services will continue being delivered virtually. Follow our new Facebook page here.

Camp

Based on the provincewide emergency break, we will not be able to operate our April Break Camp as planned. Stay tuned for more information.

Community Initiatives

Click here to learn more about our free online virtual community programs for all ages.

Employment & Immigrant Services

YMCA of Niagara Employment & Immigrant Services will continue operating virtually.

Here is a video showcasing the valuable services we offer our community.

#StrongerTogether

Our YMCA is meeting the challenges of COVID-19 head on.

If you value having organizations like the YMCA in your neighbourhood, please act now. The YMCA needs your support and engagement now more than ever. Read the Op-Ed story in the St. Catharines Standard for more information, and please consider financially supporting the YMCA of Niagara through this second lockdown.

If you are willing to direct a portion of your monthly fees to our organization please email us here.

Or if you wish to make a one time donation please visit click here. A tax receipt will be issued for your gift.

Stay safe, active and healthy. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.