The YMCA as a Charity

The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo is a registered federal charity that strengthens the foundations of community. For 155 years the YMCA has been responding to the needs of the day, offering a wide variety of programs and services.

Across Canada the YMCA is well known, but not known well - people know we do good work, but are not sure why the YMCA qualifies as a charity. At the YMCA, our charitable status is due to the overall benefit we bring to the community.

  • The YMCA serves everyone, programs and services are open to all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and economics.
  • The YMCA encourages individual growth and development.
  • The YMCA promotes voluntary leadership.