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What we do

The YMCA of the National Capital Region is a charitable association dedicated to building healthy communities. Serving thousands of people in our region each year, Y programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. A focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are served through all stages of life; and through financial assistance programs, the Y is accessible to all. 

How you can help


Whether it is offering comfort and a safe home to families with nowhere else to go, helping children develop self-confidence and independence, providing essential training to inspire success in newcomers to our region, or celebrating our members’ accomplishments in their quests for a healthier lifestyle, the Y is a foundation from which a brighter future and a stronger community can be built. However, the Y is only able to provide these services thanks to community support. From sending a kid to camp to providing a safe shelter space for a homeless youth, Y supporters help shape positive futures.


The YMCA relies on the time and dedication given by hundreds of volunteers each year. As a volunteer with the Y, you might lead an exercise class, welcome new immigrants, coach swimming or basketball, mentor youth, help run a special event, engage your network in philanthropic opportunities, or advise on local issues. No matter how you help, you will be making a big difference.

Events + fundraising


The Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament took place on May 4, 2023 at the Richcraft Sensplex raising close to $45,000 to support Y children’s programs – the highest amount in the tournament’s history. The tournament was originally established to honour the late Jim O’Grady, who was a well-respected lawyer, community leader and a longstanding member of the Y. Since its launch, the Lawyers for Kids tournament has raised more than $330,000, and helped provide many children in our community with access to vital Y programs and services.


The Y Golf Classic took place on September 18, 2023 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, which raised more than $280,000 to help children and families in our communities live fuller, healthier lives. Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised close to $2.8 million in net proceeds, with 100 per cent of the funds raised helping local children, youth and families. This sellout tournament combines the opportunity for relationship development between community leaders with raising vital funds to help create life-changing opportunities. 

Get in touch:

180 Argyle Ave.
Ottawa, Ont.
K2P 1B7

Year founded: 1867

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $22,218,000

Twitter: @YMCA_Ottawa
Facebook: @YMCAOttawa
Instagram: @YMCAOttawa

Bob Gallagher, President and CEO

Anne Butler, Chair


  • Susannah Crabtree, FCIA, ICD.D, Past Chair
  • Louise Tardif, ICD.D, Treasurer
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, MPA
  • Anna Laurence
  • Gregory MacMillan
  • Michael Naufal
  • Jacques Paquette, ASC
  • Gary Simonsen
  • Danial Taggart, CPA, CA, CFA
  • Tricia Weagant, BA
  • Caroline Xavier


Government funding: 67%
Corporations: 1%
Other Charities: 1%
Individuals: 0.4%
Other Sources: 31%