If you don’t find answers to your questions on our website, contact us:
  • Phone: 604.939.9622 (open between 10-3)
  • E-mail: information.request@gv.ymca.ca
Please visit gv.ymca.ca/COVID-19  for updates on YMCA location and programming status

March 25th update

Updated 6:00 p.m.
On Monday, March 23rd we shared with you the latest update from the Province of BC regarding their Child Care Strategy in response to COVID-19. We also informed you that the YMCA would be having a call with the Province of BC to gain additional information that would determine our plan for our child care centres during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The call with the Province of BC has now taken place and we are able to provide you with an update. Starting April 1st, the YMCA Essential Child Care program will be in effect as follows:
Early Years and Preschool Programs
All infant, toddler and 3-5 child care programs will continue to operate.

Effective Monday, March 30th we are temporarily closing our five preschool programs as it is not currently feasible for the YMCA to continue operating these programs at this time. Families that are registered at a YMCA Preschool will be offered a child care spot at a conveniently located YMCA Early Years program so that they can continue to access quality care should it be required.

In cases where the YMCA is not able to provide a preschool family with an alternate location for care, they will be temporarily withdrawn and will retain their spot until the government deems COVID-19 sufficiently resolved to stop funding.
Kids Club School Age Programs
The YMCA will continue to offer School Age Child Care in school districts that allow us to continue operating our programs. We have expanded care to a full day due to school not being open. We have received confirmation from some school districts and are awaiting direction from a few others. If it is determined by a school district that the YMCA must temporarily close a program, all families impacted will be notified and temporarily withdrawn from their programs. They will retain their spot until the government deems COVID-19 sufficiently resolved to stop funding.

For the time being, hours of operation for School Age Child Care will follow the same hours that apply on professional development days, providing families with the full child care they need.
 
Health and Safety Procedures
In everything we do at the YMCA, the health and well-being of children, families and staff in our child care programs is our top priority. We currently have in place several health and safety measures in accordance with the guidance of public health authorities. The following  measures will continue and be carried out at all YMCA Early Years and School Age Essential Child Care programs.
  • In compliance with Vancouver Coastal Health, if a child or staff has had symptoms recently, such as fever, sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, they should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms before returning to the YMCA program.
  • Health screenings are being carried out at all YMCA child care centres, where all families are asked to complete a Health Declaration Form at drop-off/sign-in each day.
  • If anyone develops symptoms or has a fever during a program, they will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days before returning to the YMCA program.
  • If a child cannot participate in YMCA Essential Child Care due to COVID-19 or their Health Declaration Form responses, we will credit their account. If a child care family chooses not to participate in YMCA Essential Child Care, they will not receive any credits to their account.
  • We have moved the sign-in and sign-out table to the main entrance of each centre and are restricting parent access to the program space.  
  • Regular Handwashing for children and staff are taking place:
    • When they arrive at program
    • During transitions (e.g., when coming in from playing outside)
    • Before and after eating
    • After using the washroom
    • Anytime they sneeze on hands
    • Before they leave the program
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces like door knobs, tables and faucets is taking place:
    • In the morning when staff open the centre
    • Before and after lunch and snack
    • At the end of the day
YMCA Essential Child Care Fees
Fees for Early Years programs will remain the same as it is too early to determine the impact of the Province of BC’s funding paired with low child care enrollment. Fees for School Age programs will now be $800/month due to the increase in hours to full-day care.

Although the Affordable Child Care Benefit and other government subsidies are available to families, we recognize not all families can afford child care. As a charity, the YMCA is committed to removing financial barriers for families who need access to valuable services. If you are in need of financial support, we encourage you to inquire about our YMCA Financial Assistance program.
 

March 18th Update

Updated 5:00 p.m.


Please see below for the update on spring day camp programming for next week:

Spring Day Camp programs running in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will continue to operate next week. However, we are cancelling our YMCA Camp Elphinstone Spring Break Day Camp program effective Monday, March 23, 2020.
 

The majority of our Camp Elphinstone spring staff are from outside of Canada. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and recent travel recommendations, this group of staff have been called back by their home countries and must leave immediately. As a result, we no longer have adequate amount of staff to safely and effectively run spring programming at Camp Elphinstone next week.
 
No staff member or child at Camp Elphinstone have tested positive for COVID-19. All international staff completed the required 14-days of self-isolation upon arrival into Canada and prior to coming to Camp Elphinstone.
 
Our Refund Policy for YMCA Camp Elphinstone Spring Day Camp Families is that those registered for Week 2 of camp will receive a full refund.

We recognize the impact the cancellation of our YMCA Camp Elphinstone spring day camp will have on families, and apologize for the inconvenience. We look forward to welcoming your children back to camp in the future.
 
How to Stay Informed
 
We will regularly provide updates and information directly to the YMCA community via email and through this website. We will also be posting information through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter @greatervanymca and encourage you to follow to stay connected.
 
If you don’t find answers to your questions here, contact:

  • Phone: 604.939.9622 (open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • E-mail: information.request@gv.ymca.ca

March 18th Update

Updated at noon

Here are some changes regarding how licensed YMCA Child Care centres and Spring Break Day Camps are responding to COVID-19.

We received a letter late yesterday from Vancouver Coastal Health that warrants a change to our procedures:

If a child or staff has had symptoms recently, such as fever, sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, they should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms before returning to the YMCA program. Previously, public health had recommended 14 days, and the YMCA had asked that children with any other symptoms stay home until they are symptom free for 72 hours.


The YMCA continues to also do the following:

  • Health Declaration Form (updated to include symptoms above)
  • Regular Handwashing for children and staff:
    • When they arrive at program
    • During transitions (e.g., when coming in from playing outside)
    • Before and after eating
    • After using the washroom
    • Anytime they cough or sneeze on hands
    • Before they leave program
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces like door knobs, tables and faucets:
    • In the morning when staff open the centre
    • Before and after lunch and snack
    • At the end of the day
We’ve also made a few changes:
  • Sneezing was previously included on some public health agency updates as a symptom resulting in children not being able to participate. As Vancouver Coastal Health does not include it in their latest letter, we are no longer treating it as a symptom of concern.
  • We communicated that temperatures would be taken daily using a quick scan thermometer. The thermometer supplier previously confirmed a delivery date of March 16th. They now report a delivery date of March 31st so we have cancelled the order. We will therefore not be including temperature taking in our daily procedures, unless told otherwise and we can get access to the required supplies. As always, if your child has a fever of 38.5 or above, please keep them at home as they have a fever. Public Health is recommending that they now stay home for 10 days from the onset of the fever or the other symptoms listed above.

 

March 17th Update

Updated 6:00 p.m.

At the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the safety and well-being of our members, participants, staff, volunteers and the broader Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast communities have always been and will always be a top priority.

Although no member or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at our facilities, we believe it is important to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and do everything we can to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus so that our hospitals do not become overloaded.

In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have decided to temporarily close our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres of community starting March 17, 2020. Our 70+ child care centres will remain open as an essential service until we are told otherwise by public health. Spring break camps will remain open until Friday, March 20th and we will determine if we will continue to operate camps in the coming days.

Please see the chart below for the status of other YMCA programs.

All YMCA memberships will be put on hold and all automatic payments paused until we re-open. We ask for your patience as we begin to process large numbers of payment adjustments.

Many members have said that they want the YMCA to continue taking their fees––rather than put memberships on hold––because we are a valued charity dedicated to strengthening communities. Coming together as a local community to support one another has never been more important in recent history. We will put all memberships on hold and instead, we invite those interested in giving back to make a donation so the Y can continue its important work by clicking here.



We understand this is a very concerning situation. The YMCA has been a safe and reliable place for our communities for more than 130 years, throughout both good and challenging times. The decision to close our centres was made based on the recommendations of the government’s public health agencies and to best ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

During this temporary closure, we will regularly provide updates and information directly to members and participants via email and through our website at gv.ymca.ca/covid. We will also be posting information through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter @greatervanymca. Follow to stay connected

We ask all members and participants to do the following if they have questions:

  • Go to gv.ymca.ca/covid for info
  • If you don’t find answers to your questions on our website, contact us:
    • Phone: 604.939.9622 (open between 10-3 starting Tuesday, March 17)
    • E-mail: information.request@gv.ymca.ca

Program Status

  • Youth Employment Bootcamp: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Youth Exchanges Canada: Unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Conversation Club: Suspended
  • Summer Works Student Exchange: Unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Self-Employment: Will continue online.
  • Self-Employment for Newcomers: Suspended
  • Citizen Preparation & Participation: Suspended 
  • PlusOne: Suspended
  • Youth BEAT: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Training: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Digital Literacy Program: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • YCAN: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Centres – Tri-Cities Location: Suspended
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Centres – Burnaby and New Westminster Locations: Suspended
  • Choose to Move: Suspended
  • MindFit: Suspended
  • Teen Mindfulness: Suspended
  • Youth Mindfulness: Suspended
  • Generation Health: Suspended
  • YMCA Healthy Heart: Suspended
  • Happy Hearts: Suspended
  • TIME: Suspended
  • Canadian Fitness Connection: The last class for the current group is March 21st. We are working to determine if this program can be offered online. Stay tuned.
  • Immigrant Services Social and Educational Events: Suspended. We will hold more online Conversation Clubs instead.
  • Sports Leagues (YMCA Basketball & Y Basketball): Suspended
  • The First Tee After School Programs: Suspended
  • The First Tee Golf Tournament: Suspended
  • Alternative Suspension: Unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Youth Leadership Development: Suspended
  • Youth Night: Suspended
  • Child Care Career Exploration: We will continue the current intake through meetings via Zoom.
  • Conversations for Success: The next 4-week program starts mid-April. We plan to offer it using Zoom
During this unique unprecedented time, the Y is looking for ways we can continue to serve you and stay true to our mission and vision while we are temporarily closed. We want to find new ways to...

...help children and families thrive
...foster belonging and connection
...promote healthy living

How can the Y help you during the COVID-19 pandemic?



Thank you very much for being a part of the YMCA community. We value you so much and will miss seeing you. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected!

Until then, please keep washing your hands often with soap and water, stay home if you are sick, follow good cough etiquette, stay away from groups of 50 or more, and––this is an important one––reach out to a loved one today to say how much they mean to you. It's time to lean on each other, ask for help and take a moment to reflect on what's most important.

We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Your YMCA Staff Team


 

March 16th Update

Updated 8:00 p.m.

At the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the safety and well-being of our members, participants, staff, volunteers and the broader Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast communities have always been and will always be a top priority.

During this unique unprecedented time, the Y is looking for ways we can continue to serve you and stay true to our mission and vision while we are temporarily closed. We want to find new ways to...

...help children and families thrive
...foster belonging and connection
...promote healthy living

How can the Y help you during the COVID-19 pandemic? Please take this quick two-question survey to have your say.


 

March 16th Update

Updated 6:00 p.m.

At the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the safety and well-being of our members, participants, staff, volunteers and the broader Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast communities have always been and will always be a top priority.

Although no member or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at our facilities, we believe it is important to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and do everything we can to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus so that our hospitals do not become overloaded.

In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have decided to temporarily close our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres of community starting March 17, 2020. Our 70+ child care centres will remain open as an essential service until we are told otherwise by public health. Spring break camps will remain open until Friday, March 20th and we will determine if we will continue to operate camps in the coming days.

Please see the chart below for the status of other YMCA programs.

All YMCA memberships will be put on hold and all automatic payments paused until we re-open. We ask for your patience as we begin to process large numbers of payment adjustments.

Many members have said that they want the YMCA to continue taking their fees––rather than put memberships on hold––because we are a valued charity dedicated to strengthening communities. Coming together as a local community to support one another has never been more important in recent history. We will put all memberships on hold and instead, we invite those interested in giving back to make a donation so the Y can continue its important work by clicking here.



We understand this is a very concerning situation. The YMCA has been a safe and reliable place for our communities for more than 130 years, throughout both good and challenging times. The decision to close our centres was made based on the recommendations of the government’s public health agencies and to best ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

During this temporary closure, we will regularly provide updates and information directly to members and participants via email and through our website at gv.ymca.ca/covid. We will also be posting information through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter @greatervanymca. Follow to stay connected

We ask all members and participants to do the following if they have questions:

  • Go to gv.ymca.ca/covid for info
  • If you don’t find answers to your questions on our website, contact us:
    • Phone: 604.939.9622 (open between 10-3 starting Tuesday, March 17)
    • E-mail: information.request@gv.ymca.ca

Program Status

  • Youth Employment Bootcamp: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Youth Exchanges Canada: Unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Conversation Club: Suspended
  • Summer Works Student Exchange: Unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Self-Employment: Will continue online.
  • Self-Employment for Newcomers: Suspended
  • Citizen Preparation & Participation: Suspended 
  • PlusOne: Suspended
  • Youth BEAT: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Training: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Digital Literacy Program: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • YCAN: Adjusted to deliver services remotely
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Centres – Tri-Cities Location: Suspended
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Centres – Burnaby and New Westminster Locations: Suspended
  • Choose to Move: Suspended
  • MindFit: Suspended
  • Teen Mindfulness: Suspended
  • Youth Mindfulness: Suspended
  • Generation Health: Suspended
  • YMCA Healthy Heart: Suspended
  • Happy Hearts: Suspended
  • TIME: Suspended
  • Canadian Fitness Connection: Suspended
  • Immigrant Services Social and Educational Events: Suspended
  • Sports Leagues (YMCA Basketball & Y Basketball): Suspended
  • The First Tee After School Programs: Suspended
  • The First Tee Golf Tournament: Suspended
  • Alternative Suspension: Unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • Youth Leadership Development: Suspended
  • Youth Night: Suspended
  • Child Care Career Exploration: Suspended
During this unique unprecedented time, the Y is looking for ways we can continue to serve you and stay true to our mission and vision while we are temporarily closed. We want to find new ways to...

...help children and families thrive
...foster belonging and connection
...promote healthy living

How can the Y help you during the COVID-19 pandemic?



Thank you very much for being a part of the YMCA community. We value you so much and will miss seeing you. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected!

Until then, please keep washing your hands often with soap and water, stay home if you are sick, follow good cough etiquette, stay away from groups of 50 or more, and––this is an important one––reach out to a loved one today to say how much they mean to you. It's time to lean on each other, ask for help and take a moment to reflect on what's most important.

We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Your YMCA Staff Team

 

March 15th update

 

The Y wants to prevent the spread of COVID-19. And we also want our children's programming to stay open as long as it is possible. We therefore have measures in place so that kids can continue to attend child care, camps, childminding and other programs for young children. See the March 13th update below for details. That way you can rest assured your child is safe and healthy while they are active and having fun at the YMCA. 


 

March 13th Update

In everything the Y does, the health of you and the community is our top priority. And while much has changed in the world since our last update on the YMCA’s response to COVID-19, the YMCA remains committed to offering you programs so you and your family can stay active and connected.

In order to do that, we are implementing new measures based on the guidance of public health authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help you be safe.

The new measures below are effectively immediately:


Health, Fitness and Aquatics

  • All swim lessons are suspended starting now.
  • Group Fitness classes will be reduced in size by approximately 40% to provide a safe social distance between members (managed through on-site sign-up, tokens or through the instructor).
  • Some Group Fitness instructors may not be able to lead classes due to illness or other precautions. This means that classes could be cancelled. We will announce these cancellations when they occur on Twitter:
    • @RobertLeeYMCA
    • @ChilliwackYMCA
    • @LangaraYMCA
    • @TongLouieYMCA
  • We have “temporarily unavailable” signs on every other machine to promote a safe social distance. This includes machines like treadmills, ellipticals, etc.
  • Canadian Fitness Connection in Chilliwack is suspended until further notice.
  • Before dropping your child off at childminding or other programs for young children, you will be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form until further notice. If you say yes to any of the questions, the child cannot participate in the program for 14 days. The Declaration Form asks:
    • Whether or not the child or anyone in your household has symptoms;
    • If there has been recent travel by your child or anyone in your household within the last 14 days; and
    • If the child or anyone in the household has come in contact with someone who has taken a positive COVID-19 test.
  • We have a number of programs for people managing chronic diseases. These programs have been suspended until people with compromised immune systems are no longer at high risk. We have contacted those participants directly to notify them of the cancellation.

Child Care and Spring Break Camps

  • We will be implementing screening procedures at all of our Child Care and Spring Break Camp locations starting next week.
  • All families will be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form at drop off/sign in each day until further notice. ​If parents or caregivers say yes to any of the questions, the child cannot participate in the program for 14 days. The Declaration Form asks:
    • Whether or not the child or anyone in your household has symptoms;
    • If there has been recent travel by your child or anyone in your household within the last 14 days; and
    • If the child or anyone in the household has come in contact with someone who has taken a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Child Care and camp staff will request permission to take the temperature of children prior to sign in each day with a quick scan thermometer. If parents/guardians don't consent, the child cannot participate in the program. If the child has a fever, they cannot participate in the program.
  • If anyone develops symptoms or has a fever during a program, they will be sent home for 14 days.
  • If a child cannot participate in a spring break day camp due to COVID-19 or their Health Declaration Form responses, they will receive a full refund.
  • If a family chooses not to participate in a spring break camp, they will receive a full refund.
  • If a child cannot participate in YMCA child care due to COVID-19 or their Health Declaration Form responses, we will credit their account.
  • If a child care family chooses not to participate in child care, they will not receive any credits to their account.

Employment, Immigrant Services, Youth, CCRR, Mental Wellness and Chronic Disease Programs

  • The following programs are suspended until further notice as they pose additional risks or are held in high-risk locations like long term care facilities:
    • Immigrant Services Social and Educational Events
    • Digital Skills Workshops for older populations
    • Healthy Heart
    • Happy Hearts
    • TIME (Together in Movement and Exercise)
  • Canadian Fitness Connection in Chilliwack is suspended until further notice.
  • All other programs will continue and be monitored daily. The following measures apply:
    • All participants must wash their hands upon arrival and throughout the day.
    • Participants who are sick or have come in close contact with someone who is sick should not attend programs for 14 days.
    • Participants who have travelled outside Canada should not attend programs for 14 days.
    • We will practice social distancing for attendees while in programs by spacing chairs apart and other measures.
  • Child Care Resource & Referral programs will be limiting registered attendee numbers to ensure we can practice social distancing. This means that some workshops that are full will need to cancel some registrations.
  • CCRR Family Drop-In programs at the New Westminster Family Place are suspended starting Monday.
  • The start of some new Mental Wellness and Chronic Disease programs scheduled to begin after spring break will be delayed.
What You Can do to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve (not your hand!)
  • Throw any used tissue into a garbage can immediately after use. Then wash your hands, using either soap and water or sanitizer.
  • As best as you can, keep your hands away from your eyes and nose. (Your eyes and nose have mucous membranes; germs (on your hands) can enter your body through the mucous membranes of your eyes and nose.
  • If you are sick, stay home, including if you are taking medications to mask symptoms (such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath), and call 8-1-1 (HealthLink). While COVID-19 is mild in most cases, people with underlying medical conditions are at most risk. So while you may be okay, others in our YMCA community may not. We ask that you consider the health and well-being of not only yourself, but those around you. 
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Thank you very much for being a part of the YMCA community and thank you in advance for your understanding as we implement these procedures. We believe that everyone has a role to play to “ reduce the curve” of COVID-19 transmissions. Let’s work together to make this happen!

 

March 6th Update


With the evolving landscape of COVID-19, we want to take this opportunity to share with you the various measures we are taking to maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone in our YMCA community. We are also taking this opportunity to provide you with some additional information to help prevent the spread of illness.
 
Measures being taken by the YMCA to maintain a healthy and safe environment for its members and program participants:
  • A COVID-19 Response Team of YMCA leadership staff has been formed. The Response Team’s responsibilities include closely monitoring all public health agencies to stay on top of the COVID-19's latest developments, and implementing any required health and safety measures based on the recommendation from various international, national and provincial authorities.
  • We have increased our health and cleaning protocols in our program areas and four membership facilities, including the provision of hand sanitizers.
  • We have provided a “Stop the Spread of Germs” poster to staff, which is to be posted in all program areas and membership centres.
  • We have sent communication to all YMCA staff informing them of the following:
    • Steps on how to prevent the spread of illness to those around them.
    • Guidance from Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control regarding proper protocol if they have recently returned from travel. This includes the recent recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding newly arrived travellers returning from Hubei province (including Wuhan city), China or Iran. Newly arrived travellers are now advised to avoid contact with others for 14 days after leaving those regions and to closely monitor themselves for symptoms.
    • Guidance from Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control on how to properly self-isolate if required, and their guidance regarding upcoming travel plans.
 What you can do:

As you know, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and while the risk for British Columbians is still considered low, there are steps we can all take now to prevent the spread of illness. These steps include:
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve (not your hand!)
  • Throw any used tissue into a garbage can immediately after use. Then wash your hands, using either soap and water or sanitizer.
  • As best as you can, keep your hands away from your eyes and nose. (Your eyes and nose have mucous membranes; germs (on your hands) can enter your body through the mucous membranes of your eyes and nose.
  • If you are sick, stay home, including if you are taking medications to mask symptoms (such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath), and call 8-1-1 (HealthLink). While COVID-19 is mild in most cases, people with underlying medical conditions are at most risk. So while you may be okay, others in our YMCA community may not. We ask that you consider the health and well-being of not only yourself, but those around you.
This COVID-19 Q&A document provides additional information, a list of resources where you can find the latest and most accurate information, and tips on what you can do to prevent the spread of the illness.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the local authorities.

The YMCA recognizes that this situation is constantly evolving and is committed to staying informed about the situation, taking our guidance from public health agencies and implementing any required measures to prevent the spread of illness at the YMCA.  We will be sure to keep you updated as things develop and if additional measures are implemented.
 
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone in our YMCA community.