Housing Supports

Housing First

The YMCA of Northern Alberta provides Housing First services in our Wood Buffalo Region. The Housing First ICM Program embraces the principle of Housing First—that every person has the right to a safe, secure home.  The focus is on ending homelessness by providing permanent housing and follow-up support.  Individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness are housed first and then given appropriate supports to address barriers, establish relationships, access resources and improve skills to maintain their housing. Support is provided in an intensive case management setting where participant change is encouraged and promoted based on differing needs, personalities and motivations.


Why does a charity have gyms?

Why would we invest so much time and effort securing donations to build our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres and then finding and training the fully-qualified staff and volunteers needed for such a massive and ongoing endeavour from which we do not make any profit?

We do it because the YMCA was created to help everyone reach their full potential mentally, emotionally and physically (the gym part). Our mandate to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people speaks to the mind's right to imagine, the body's right to move and the spirit's right to believe in itself. We believe that fulfilling your potential is everyone's right, every person's advantage and everybody's secret weapon.

The YMCA is a legally registered charity, including our gyms, and no one is turned away for the inability to pay. Please do not hesitate to ask at Member Services if you need financial assistance to access any of our facilities (including our 57 Child Care centres or to send a child or youth to one of our Day Camps).

We've been an entirely independent Edmonton charity for 109 years, including our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres, Summer Camps and Day Camps, 57 Child Cares, 20 Community Program Centres, 3 Housing Centres and 9 Service and Programs Centres.

We are a legally registered independent charity and we believe in equality of opportunity for all members of the community - regardless of age, race, sex, religion or economic circumstance. Through YMCA Financial Assistance (formerly the Opportunity Fund), our membership and program experience is available to low-income individuals and families in need. Drop in and ask how to get started! If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please let them know.

  • YMCA Summer Camps!

    Summer Camp registration is now open! Offering several camps at our Eagle Ridge Community Centre, and at Westwood Family YMCA, our camps are the perfect way to entertain and engage your children this summer. With FREE pre- and- post care!

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    Introductory Membership Rates

    A stronger you starts here!

    Be active. Be happy. Belong at the YMCA! Sign you (and your family up) for a YMCA membership and get your first month at a special introductory rate.

    Introductory Membership Pricing
    Sign up individually - $25 for the first month
    Sign up as a family -  $50 for the first month

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    YMCA Strong Kids - Donate Today!

    The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is the annual campaign to raise funds and awareness of community needs. The campaign funds are used to assist people in gaining access to YMCA programs and services to help improve and enhance their lives. No one is turned away due to the inability to pay!