Now live on a computer (or phone screen) near you: gv.ymca.ca!

Our new website–gv.ymca.ca–launched on March 2nd making it easier than ever for you to participate in Y programs so you can reach your potential.

 Check out these features:

  • It’s mobile friendly: unlike our old site, the new one can be viewed easily on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
  • It has searchable schedules: you can find what you're looking for quickly and easily. They're also print friendly!
  • It’s customizable: get search results on programs and classes that matter most to you based on your interests.
  • It’s integrated. The new program search feature helps you find out about more than 400 programs so you can experience everything the Y has to offer, from health and fitness and aquatics to camp, child care, employment services and much more.

In short, our new website means we’re offering up-to-date and accurate information on all things Y. This will increase our ability to provide you with high quality customer service . We hope you find the site easy to navigate and beautiful to look at.

And this is just the beginning!  We have a lot of plans in the works to enhance the site with additional features over the next few years. For example, we hope to give you the ability to personalize your online experience by setting up an account, choosing your favourite programs, managing online payments and more.

Got a question or idea for the site? We want to hear from you. Simply call us at 604.320.5809, e-mail web@gv.ymca.ca or tweet us @GreaterVanYMCA

Child Fitness & Arts Tax Credits 2015

Special note: If you received the YMCA Child Fitness and Arts tax receipt from us on February 20th or 21st, please disregard it as the total claim amount provided was incorrect due to a system error. Please use only the receipts received on or after February 23rd for tax purposes.

Many of the YMCA’s physical activity and artistic programs may be eligible for the Federal Children’s Fitness and Arts Tax Credits.  Each of the fitness and arts tax credits is a federal non-refundable, personal tax credit of up to $1,500 per child (under the age of 16 years).  You can claim a maximum of $1,000 of eligible fees per child for the Child Fitness Tax Credit and $500 of eligible fees per child for the Child Arts Tax Credit.  These credits may be claimed for the 2015 calendar year by parents who have registered their child in an eligible program of physical activity or an artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity.

If the YMCA has your e-mail address, we will e-mail your receipt to you for the purpose of claiming any eligible program expenses by the end of February.  If we don’t have your e-mail address, please contact:

Please note that we will only email membership receipts to you. For course purchases, parents need to use the course receipts they receive when they have paid and registered throughout 2015. If these receipts have not been kept, a reprint can be requested by contacting the locations listed above by the end of February.

Please note:

  • Payments must have been made in 2015.  Programs that were paid for during the 2014 calendar year and a portion or the entire program was not delivered until 2015 are not eligible.
  • Your child must be under 16 years of age or your child with a disability was under 18 years of age at the beginning of 2015.
  • Program must be a minimum of eight consecutive weeks.  For camps, programs must be five consecutive days.
  • Receipts received following payment for eligible 2016 programs can be used for next year’s personal tax credit claim.  Please keep receipts on file for these purposes.
  • For more information on the children’s arts tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/artscredit, and for the children’s fitness tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/fitness.

Earn points for living well with the Carrot App

We’re pleased to share a free, new mobile app that’s designed to help you live healthier and earn points every time you use it! The Carrot Rewards app lets you earn your favourite loyalty rewards (Aeroplan® Miles, SCENE® points, More Rewards® points or Petro-Points™) just for downloading it.

Everything a user does with the Carrot app triggers a reward; just downloading and installing the app is worth 50 Aeroplan® Miles, 100 SCENE® points, 800 Petro-Points™ or 125 More Rewards®. Each time a British Columbian refers a new user to the app they earn the same number of points again. Completing a basic healthy lifestyle quiz can easily earn 100 Aeroplan® Miles, 200 SCENE® points, 1650 Petro-Points™ or 220 More Rewards® points.

Carrot will quickly become the healthy living guide you take everywhere you go. It promises to show you how to eat well, be more active and learn about what’s healthy for you. The best part is, every single time you let it guide you, Carrot will reward you with even more points!

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver worked together with the Public Health Agency of Canada and BC Ministry of Health to create Carrot as a new, fun way of building a healthier Canada in 2016.

The Carrot app is now launching exclusively in British Columbia and will be rolled out across the rest of the country later this year. Start earning points now by downloading the Carrot app today.

Friendships start at the Y! 

Marco and Ivan first struck up a conversation after noticing they both regularly attended the same cycle fit class at the Tong Louie Family YMCA. They both enjoyed the cycling class, but were looking to try different activities at the Y and get more out of their workouts. 

Branching out, they started attending different drop-in fitness classes such as Synrgy and Bootcamp. They also started lane swimming together in the mornings.

Getting the exercise was important, but they both appreciated the extra motivation of having someone else at their workouts.

“It was great to have someone to keep me accountable for hitting the gym,” says Ivan. “There were times after work that I really didn’t feel like going. But I knew if I didn’t show up, I would never hear the end of it from Marco. It was definitely a motivating factor.”

“Ivan knew how to help me push the limits of my normal workout.  Whether it was trying a different activity or seeing how much further I could go, he definitely raised the bar for me.”

Future goals? There is talk of a half marathon or the Tough Mudder race. “We’ll take it one day at a time,” says Ivan.

Keep pushing Marco and Ivan!

In the month of March, refer a friend to join the YMCA and you will receive a $50 credit towards your membership dues or personal training.  For more information, contact the membership services desk at any YMCA Membership Centre. 

Apply now: check out our summer job opportunities at YMCA Camp

Want to inspire a bunch of happy campers this summer? Check out our job opportunities at YMCA Camps. F​rom leading recreation activities to helping kids make new friends, you'll be setting a positive example for kids and teens while gaining valuable job skills. It's a chance to laugh, play and be a great role model for young people all at once.

Working at YMCA Camp is a unique  ​way​ to develop your own leadership while promoting healthy spirit, mind and body to others. If you love working with kids and are prepared for hard work indoors and out, we invite you to explore jobs at YMCA Camps. Oh, and you should also be interested in having a whole lot of fun!

YMCA Camp Elphinstone Receives Lifesaving Society Award

On March 4th, the Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon presented staff from YMCA Camp Elphinstone with a number of awards, including an award for camp affiliate to have certified or recertified the most Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross candidates during the 2015 summer season. Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced lifesaving training and an introduction to safety supervision. Each summer, YMCA Camp Elphinstone is proud to train senior leadership development campers, gap students and staff in Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.

Children who attend YMCA Camp Elphinstone learn essential water safety skills every summer. To learn more about summer camps at YMCA Camp Elphinstone, click here.