Downtown YMCA

The Y’s work continues downtown with our community programs and the YMCA International Language School.

The pandemic has shaken up the day-to-day of the entire Downtown YMCA team and we continue to work hard to increase the impact of our youth and community programs, in addition to resuming in-person courses at our language school. Every day, we attempt to make a difference in the lives of every one of our participants and we hope to be able to do this for many years to come.

However, until we find a partner to support us, sports and fitness activities will not resume. But in the meantime, the Downtown YMCA’s different facilities can be rented.

We know many of you are eagerly waiting for sports and fitness activities to start up again in your Y. The historic crisis we are going through and the uncertainty of the future do not allow us to resume our sports and fitness programming without a partner.

Ongoing support for the community, in-person and online

Thanks to subsidies, we continue to offer an extensive community programming, both in-person and online, in the downtown area. This includes:

  • Social inclusion and reintegration services for offenders and people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness
  • A TeenZone for 12- to 17-year-olds with sports, recreational, and leadership activities, homework help, and a program geared to students suspended from school
  • Activities for kids between 6 and 12 years of age
  • Other early childhood development activities

Online courses at the YMCA International Language School

Whether you want to learn a new language or perfect your language skills, we offer a wide range of online courses for adults and youth, in nine languages. Learn more >>

In progress: seeking a partnership

The pandemic has weakened our financial situation more than expected. We are actively seeking a partner who would help us manage our buildings, both for the downtown Y and several other centres. This partnership would allow us to focus on our ongoing work to meet the pressing needs of the community.

Please know that we are working hard to find a solution that would allow us to pursue our social impact and stay present in the downtown core. We will inform you about actions taken by your community’s YMCA in the coming months. Follow the Downtown YMCA Facebook page.

During these exceptional times, we thank you for your solidarity and we hope you are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones and keeping spirits high, all while respecting the health guidelines to fight this pandemic. We really look forward to seeing you soon.