Phased Provincial Reopening 

Reactivation Update 

With the transition to Stage 3 of the Provincial Reactivation Framework beginning Friday, July 16, we recognize YMCA members and stakeholders may be wondering what this means for their local YMCA Health and Fitness branch operations.

What this means for the YMCA of Niagara 

As previously announced, our YMCA of Niagara is proudly hosting large vaccination clinics in our Port Colborne, Niagara West and Niagara Centre (Welland) locations and these clinics are expected to continue to operate this summer.

We are now operating Summer Day Camp and Outdoor Fitness programming at most of our locations; so, we want to let you know that we will not be resuming indoor, in-person Health, Fitness and Aquatics programming in Port Colborne, Niagara West, Walker, or Welland at this time.

Historically, summer in Niagara is a time people like to be active outside, and we are focused on providing a wide range of in-person, outdoor health and wellness programs for all ages across the Region. These programs currently include:

We look forward to adding more indoor program options as more people prepare to come back inside and return to indoor activities later this summer and fall.

If you prefer to participate from the comfort of your home, check out our full slate of online fitness programs: click here to view schedules; you may also be eligible for a free trial class.

We also continue to offer a variety of other virtual programs, including EarlyON, Community Initiatives, Employment ServicesImmigrant Services and more.

We will continue to apply a staged approach to the reactivation of in-person programming at the YMCA. While the vaccination clinics operate this summer, we will work with Niagara Region Public Health to identify additional YMCA Programs and Services we can resume that are compatible with the important activity of these clinics.

Please stay tuned to our website for more information as Stage 3 unfolds.

As vaccinations ramp up, the YMCA of Niagara is proud to announce that all three of our Health, Fitness and Aquatics (HFA) facilities are in use as vaccination sites.

Our Port Colborne, Niagara West and Niagara Centre YMCA HFA branches are 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.

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As you may be aware the province has announced that Ontario will move to Stage 3 of the reactivation framework effective Friday, July 16.

Over the past several months our YMCA has been actively delivering in-person Infant, Preschool and Toddler Licensed Child Care, along with a range of virtual programs for infant, children, youth and families including EarlyON, Health and Fitness and Employment and Immigrant Services Programs, as well as, a variety of Community Outreach Programs.

These were featured in our last edition of our Healthier Together Newsletter. We have also resumed in person programming this summer including: Summer Day Camp, Adventure Club, Outdoor Group Fitness Programs and Kid Fit. All of these activities are in full-swing and we are delighted to apply high standards in health and safety guidelines as we have started to bring people back to our YMCA in-person!

Our Health and Fitness branches continue to proudly host vaccination clinics in Port Colborne, Welland and Grimsby. We remain in close contact with our partners at Niagara Region Public Health to monitor their ongoing needs for the use of our spaces. We are carefully reviewing the regulations and restrictions of the recent Stage Three of reactivation in Ontario announcement to determine what additional programs and services may be possible to expand later this month.

We will continue to apply a staged approach to program reactivation this summer as we must ensure that our program reactivation is compatible with our vaccine clinics, summer day camp and outdoor fitness programming.

We consistently apply the same three principles to each reactivation decision: the health and safety of all, community interest and demand for specific program options and responsible financial management to scale our program delivery to meet the needs of our members.

Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more information about the site-specific programs we will offer as Stage Three unfolds. More information will follow.

Membership Payments

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

Child Care

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to adhere to public health measures to ensure schools remain a safe place for students and Educators.

Our school age before and after school programs plan to reopen on Tuesday, September 7 for the school year. 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.

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Camp

For more information on YMCA Summer Camp, click here.

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.