Health & Fitness

The YMCA of Niagara has six Membership Branches, located in St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Grimsby and Port Colborne, that currently serve over 57,000 men, women and children. Each YMCA Branch is unique, offering different programs, services and facility features based on the individual needs of each community.

We invite you to begin your YMCA experience by finding the branch nearest to you, and exploring the variety of programs and services that await you and your family:

St. Catharines Walker Family YMCA 25 YMCA Drive or call 905 934 9622

Niagara Centre YMCA (serving Welland/Pelham) 310 Woodlawn Road or call 905 735 9622

Niagara Falls YMCA 7150 Montrose Road or call 905 358 9622

Fort Erie EJ Freeland Community YMCA 1555 Garrison Road or call 905 871 9622

Niagara West YMCA (serving Grimsby/ West Lincoln) 325 Main Street or call 905 309 9622 

Port Colborne YMCA 550 Elizabeth Street or call 905 835 9622 

To learn more about the YMCA in Niagara, and to find out how you may get involved, please visit our "About Us" section.


Your YMCA membership is about you and your family's health in spirit, mind and body. As a member of one of Canada's leading charitable organizations, you can look forward to:

  • friendly and welcoming staff
  • convenient hours and class times
  • affordable fees
  • family oriented environment
  • free non-registered open access programs
  • choice of values-based programs
  • clean, well-maintained facilities/equipment
  • access to all Niagara region Y's
  • fitness consultation by qualified YMCA staff/volunteers
  • Canada-wide YMCA access
  • volunteer opportunities

Member Etiquette 

The YMCA is a shared experience for everyone to enjoy. YMCA members, volunteers and staff are expected to treat one another with respect, fairness and dignity.

Change room Etiquette

  • Remember to lock your locker. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • Food and beverages (except water) are not permitted in the change room.
  • Please turn showers off after use.
  • Please avoid using heavily scented products. Strong fragrances can cause serious allergic reactions.
  • Street shoes are not permitted in the shower or pool area.
  • Do not use the camera function on personal devices. Taking photographs, images, video or recordings is prohibited.
  • Please be courteous and tidy up for the next person.
  • Please inform the Duty Manager of any inappropriate, unsafe or suspicious activity.

Membership Assistance

At the YMCA of Niagara, we offer opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, age, sex, creed, ability or economic circumstances. Men, women and children come to the YMCA to grow and develop into happier, more productive people. Regular participation in YMCA membership activities supports a balanced approach to personal growth, health and wellness. Our Membership Assistance program serves those individuals and families who have the greatest need in our community. They are unable, not unwilling, to pay the full fee for a general membership.

Preparing for a Membership Assistance Interview

We will make every effort to accommodate those in greatest need who wish to participate in YMCA programs through a YMCA General Membership. We do not provide assistance for Membership Plus memberships. Those who feel they qualify can have a private, confidential interview to discuss Membership Assistance. Appointments for Membership Assistance are available at scheduled times on a walk-in basis. Please review and fill out the information on the YMCA Membership Assistance application. It is necessary to gather proof of all monthly income and expenses and to bring this documentation with you to your appointment.

We will ask the following questions in the interview: Why would you like to become a member of the YMCA? Which programs and services interest you? Why do you feel you require Membership Assistance? Please don't forget to bring proof of all monthly income and expenses as requested below:

  • Gross monthly combined income including child tax credit if applicable, pension(s), support payments, social benefits, rental income, and any other form of income.
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Property taxes
  • Utilities: gas, hydro, water, cable, telephone
  • Transportation Costs (car, gas, bus tickets/pass)
  • Child Care
  • Insurance: auto, home, life
  • Medical: fixed monthly expense
  • Personal debt: loan, line of credit, credit cards
  • Other fixed expenses

Membership Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

I could probably pay the full fee if I didn't have to pay it all at once. Apart from Membership Assistance, does the YMCA offer different payment methods?

Yes. We recognize that many people are not able to afford a single full fee payment and a Building Fee contribution and would prefer a payment plan. We have several options for payment.

Is it possible to join the YMCA for free?

No. Everyone must pay some portion of the annual fee and a contribution to the Building Fee.

How does the YMCA determine how much I can afford to pay?

Your fee is determined based on your needs, financial capabilities and your commitment to using your membership a minimum of twice a week on a regular basis. We will come to a financial agreement that is acceptable to both you and the YMCA.

If I receive YMCA Membership Assistance, what is expected of me?

All information provided by you will be kept confidential. We expect the same confidentiality from you. A YMCA membership also requires a commitment to making your payments on time and using your membership a minimum of twice a week on a regular basis.

Can the YMCA deny my application for Membership Assistance?

Yes. In rare cases that can happen. Applicants for YMCA Membership Assistance need to make a commitment to participate in YMCA programs as well as make a financial contribution toward their YMCA membership. No one is denied access to a YMCA membership because of an inability to pay, but some decide they are not willing, and so do not join.

How do I renew my membership?

The YMCA reviews fees annually. Your membership will be automatically renewed with a fee increase. You will receive notification of this increase. If the new fee will not work for you, you can bring in documentation and be reassessed; minimum 10 days before your scheduled payment date; or you can cancel your membership as per current cancellation policy.

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