Our New Ys

The YMCA is building new Centres of Community across the GTA

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people and families today, so that our communities can grow and thrive in the years ahead. This is the driving force behind our Strong Start, Great Future Campaign — a $350 million capital investment in the future of our communities. By developing new Centres of Community across the Greater Toronto Area, the YMCA will continue to strengthen community health for years to come.

This ambitious plan will be funded through government partnerships ($200M), donations ($100M), and a $50M contribution from the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Click on the links below to read about the projects already completed and currently in development.

Strong Start Video

Projects in development

Kingston Road YMCA
Projected opening: 2018

Vaughan YMCA

Vaughan Metropolitan YMCA
Projected opening: 2019

McDonald Family YMCA
Projected opening: 2020

Completed projects

Vanauley Street YMCA
Opened: January 2015

Cooper Koo Family YMCA
Opened: May 2016

Future projects being explored


Frequently asked questions

Our health is determined by where we live, work, learn, and play — the social determinants that contribute to our overall health. There’s a high demand on the current health system, our social infrastructure is strapped, and the GTA is expected to grow by more than one million people in the next 10 years. We are building new Ys so that we can make a real difference in neighbourhoods across the GTA.

When selecting any new location, the most important criteria is that it must be financially viable. Our Location Selection Process considers the following:

  • Availability
  • Size / Zoning / Technical
  • Access to emerging density or underserved density
  • Must be on a major transit corridor
  • Must be central to the population being served with a preferred radius of 3-5 km
  • Does the facility have synergies with surrounding users
  • Is the site compatible with municipal recreation (and other) services
  • Does it have municipal support and does the municipal plan include community centres within catchment area

The program and service offerings at each new Centre of Community is customized based on research, community consultation, licensing requirements, zoning bylaws, and the designs and infrastructure of the buildings themselves. As part of our process, we work closely with the community to determine a program delivery model that meets local needs.

Updates will be posted to the individual project pages linked above, the News section of our website, and our Twitter and Facebook feeds.