Our Impact

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity empowering people with essential services that address the most urgent needs in our communities — from housing to unemployment, poverty, inequity, and more.

Supporting Unhoused Youth With More Than Shelter

3,000 youth experience homelessness in Toronto every night.

Beyond a hot meal and safe place to sleep, The Wagner Green YMCA provides these young people with wrap-around supports that help them return to school, find work, and, ultimately, live independently in safe housing of their own.

By supporting this youth shelter and drop-in centre, you can make a meaningful difference for youth who otherwise have nowhere left to turn.

Here are some examples of the ways your gift can make a real impact:


can provide snacks like apples and granola bars for youth visiting our drop-in centre


can provide nutritious meals for youth living in our emergency shelter


can support financial literacy, substance use management, and other life skills sessions

Who We Help

From youth who get a fresh start in our shelters to families who rely on financial assistance to get active and healthy, people from all walks of life overcome barriers and reach their true potential at the Y.

Watch Emmanuel share his experience at YMCA Sprott House, one of the first transitional housing programs for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness in Canada.

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Challenges You Can Help Address

Everyone deserves to lead a healthy, happy life. But too many are held back by mental health challenges, the housing crisis, un- and underemployment, a dearth of child care, and more.

By giving to the Y, you can help change that. Your donation helps us provide wrap-around supports, from help finding stable housing and employment, to substance use and mental health counselling, food banks, child care, subsidized exercise programs, and beyond.

Impact at a glance



locations across the GTA

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