Financial Assistance

As a charity, the YMCA does not turn anyone away due to their ability to pay. In addition to our membership financial assistance program, there are additional supports available in the community to help you and your family live a more healthy lifestyle.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
  Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program provides children and youth aged 4-18 from families in financial need with funding to assist with registration fees, equipment and / or transportation. At the YMCA, Jumpstart funding can be used for memberships, swim lessons and day camps. Visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca  for details.
KidSport
KidSport Lethbridge and Taber provides financial support up to $300/child per calendar year toward swim lessons or preschool programs. Online registration is available. Visit kidsportcanada.ca for details.
City of Lethbridge Fee Assistance
The City of Lethbridge offers qualifying individuals up to $150 for one activity in the spring and one in the fall. Programs must be offered by a local organization providing recreational and cultural programming and/or memberships. Open to residents of Lethbridge. To be eligible, activities must:

  • Be eligible for federal tax credits under the Physical Activity, or Arts and Culture tax credit guidelines
  • Be offered by a Lethbridge organization
  • Be a minimum of 4 days/classes in length, a day camp or membership.

Please contact Lori at the City of Lethbridge for more information. 403-320-4716 or lori.harasem@lethbridge.ca

Alberta Stay at Home Parent Funding
Eligible families who have one parent who stays home or works, volunteers or attends school less than 20 hours per week may qualify for a subsidy up to $1,200 per year for each pre-school aged child who attends a licensed preschool or registered early childhood development program.

  • Eligibility based on family income and size
  • Children aged 0-6 may qualify for swim lessons, preschool programs or day camps

To apply online, visit humanservices.alberta.ca  

YMCA Strong Kids Assistance
If you do not qualify for Jumpstart, KidSport, City of Lethbridge or Alberta Human Services financial support, you may be eligible for YMCA Strong Kids Assistance. Come speak to us about YMCA Strong Kids Assistance for child, youth and family memberships as well as summer camps. Did you know we offer payment plans for summer day camp and leadership camps. Stop by the Member Services desk for more information.

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