As a charitable organization, we are committed to providing opportunities for everyone in the community to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The Y's financial assistance program is designed to provide affordable access to health, fitness, child care, camp and recreational activities, for those unable to pay full fees.
Our purpose is to help individuals grow in spirit, mind and body through a supportive network, and we work hard to make sure that money is not a barrier for anyone to join us. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to lead a healthy life, and your bank account should not be what holds you back.
The Y Financial Assistance program serves those individuals and families who have the greatest need in our community.
Here’s how to apply:
- Download an application form (PDF) or pick up a printed version at your local Y.
- Fill in the application form and attach the required documents (as outlined on the form).
- Call us to arrange an appointment.
- At your appointment, bring your completed application and all required documents for review by a Membership Service Representative.
- Provide a void cheque to activate your Y membership and to schedule your pre-authorized monthly payments.
Frequently asked questions
How does the Y determine how much I pay?
Once we receive your completed application form and required documents, we calculate your membership fee and/or camp discounts, based on a review of your household income and the size of your household.
How long does the application process take?
If you bring all required documentation, it is very likely we can review your application at the time you submit it. If we are not able to review your application on the spot, it will be completed within 72 hours. Arranging an appointment is encouraged. All documents must be included before we can review your application.
How do I renew my Y membership?
You will be contacted after 11 months of membership, when you will be asked to resubmit your application and documentation which may entitle you for a further 12 months of membership.
Is it possible to join the Y for free or get camps at no cost?
No. Everyone must pay some portion of the membership or camp fee.
How is the membership assistance program funded?
Y Financial Assistance is funded by a combination of sources including public and corporate donations, proceeds from the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, and directly from the YMCA of the National Capital Region.
What documents do I need to provide in order to apply for financial assistance?
a. Most recent Federal Notice of Income Tax Assessment(s) for household family members. (To obtain a copy of your Federal Notice of Tax Assessment (T-451) call 1-800-959-8281).
b. Pay stubs for the previous 2 months (only applicable if there has been a change in employment since last tax assessment).
c. Proof of other sources of income (previous 2 months). Examples include: Student Finance (OSAP), Rental Income, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Child Benefit (CCB)/Child Support, Canadian Pension Plan or Old Age Pension, Employment Insurance Payments, Family Support Payments, Child Tax Benefit.
d. Photo ID to confirm identity (at least one adult must provide proof). Examples include: driver’s licence, student card, passport, permanent residency card.
e. Proof of residency. Examples include: Lease, mortgage agreement, utility bill or property tax bill, Immigrant Visa and Record of Landing (if applicable).
f. Method of payment. If applying for a reduction in membership fees please, provide a void cheque or credit card to schedule your pre-authorized monthly payments.
g. Camp registration form (if applicable).
- The camp registration form must be completed and sent with the application.
- If you are applying with multiple children, you must complete a separate registration form for each child.
- Please note, you can only apply up to 75% of your sponsored money to a program at one time.