Emerging Issues in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is changing, and the YMCA will continue to meet the new challenges that arise. We envision a community where all are actively pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and lasting social change is nurtured.

The YMCA will be Actively Involved in the Health of Waterloo Region

  • Waterloo Region residents are on the wrong side of the Provincial benchmarks for healthy living.

The YMCA will be A Strong Presence in our Growing Urban Areas

  • The population of Waterloo Region is expected to increase by 40% in the next 20 years, mostly in our urban corridors.

The YMCA will be Open to All

  • Waterloo Region continues to welcome immigrants, but we often fail to adequately engage their knowledge and skills.
  • 10% of people in Waterloo Region live in poverty, and the gap between those with and without is growing.