Membership Assistance

Membership Assistance is available to those individuals and families who are unable – not unwilling – to pay the full fee.  If you’d like to become more active and fit but are unable to pay the full fee for a membership, please talk to us about Membership Assistance.

Preparing for your Membership Assistance Interview

Interviews are available on a first come first served basis. Check at the membership desk for interview times. You’ll need to have the following information with you;

  • Net family monthly income (including tax rebate and child tax credit if applicable) and monthly expenses (groceries, transportation, loan payments, etc)
  • Please bring supporting documentation (pay stub, T4 slip and proof of expenditures) and a void cheque.

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-YWCA offer different payment methods?

Yes. Monthly membership payments can be debited from your bank account, Visa or Mastercard.

How do I apply for Membership Assistance?

Visit and tour the Y of your choice. This is a great way to learn more about the Y including programs and schedules. Gather the documentation and attend a membership assistance interview. Check at the membership desk for interview times.

Is it possible to join the YMCA-YWCA for free?

No. Everyone must pay some portion of the monthly fee.

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

Your fee is based on your needs and financial capabilities. To assist in this process, we ask you to provide proof of your income and expenses (bills, receipts, etc). Our aim is to arrive at a financial agreement that is acceptable to you and the YMCA-YWCA.

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

We request that you keep all the information and assisted fees discussed in your interview confidential. When you receive an assisted membership, you are expected to make your payments on time, keep your account in good standing and use your membership regularly.

Can the YMCA-YWCA deny my application for Membership Assistance?

No one is denied access to a membership solely on inability to pay the full fee. Assistance applicants are expected to make a contribution relative to their economic circumstance. Some applicants choose not to make this commitment.

Do I have to renew my membership or subsidy?

Effective June 25, 2019 all members will transition to the Classic Continuous membership.  Subisidy is approved for a specific length of time.  It is the member’s responsibilty to renew the subisdy if it is still required.  Memberships will continue after the subsidy expires at the full fee unless the Member requests to cancel or hold their membership.

Where does the money come from to support the YMCA-YWCA Membership Assistance program?

The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island raises funds through the Strong Kids Annual Campaign to support Financially Assisted Memberships and other Y programs and services. For more information click here.