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YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Update: June 17, 2020

Communities across Grey Bruce Counties have been included in Phase 2 of the Province's regional re-opening framework. As the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce moves towards re-opening our servies and our facilities, we will do so based on the following core guiding principles:
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YMCA Summer Day Camps Update (May 29, 2020)

After careful consideration based on the latest COVID-19 developments and recommendations from the provincial government and public health, we have decided to cancel our previously scheduled 2020 summer day camp programs. Full details >>

YMCA Of Owen Sound Grey Bruce Launches YMCA Gym FREE YMCA Virtual Physical Education Resources for Local School Boards

April 22, 2020 - In response to facilities closures across the country, in collaboration with YMCAs across the country, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce launched YMCA at Home as a free virtual YMCA, connecting people to fitness classes, children’s programs and personal wellness resources. Full details >>

We Miss You! Connect With Us Online

April 6, 2020 - Although our buildings are closed, our staff are still here for you. There are many ways in which we can connect with you on and offline. Health & Fitness staff are providing YOGA and at home workout sessions live on Facebook and Instagram. Child Care staff are hoping on social media for story time and sing along. Employment and Community Initiatives staff continue to provide tips and resources live on Facebook as well as supporting clients by phone, text, email and virtual meetings. Full details > >

Facebook: @YMCAOSGB or @YMCAEmploymentOSGB  |  Instagram @YMCAOSGB

COVID-19: Services Update: Community Initiatives & Employment Services

March 20, 2020 - Although YMCA Community Initiatives and Employment Services offices are closed to the public, we are still here for you.

We can meet you online, by phone or connect over text and email.

Employment Services: 519-371-9222 ext. 6 |
Housing Services: 519-371-9230 ext. 5 |
Community Justice: 519-371-9230 ext. 5 |
Youth In Transition Worker Program: 519-371-9230 ext. 5 |
Youth Gambling Awareness: 519-371-9230 ext. 5 |

The YMCA is committed to ensuring that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. We look forward to continuing to assist you.

We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as needed. Please continue to watch our Facebook page and website for updates.

COVID-19: Services Update

March 15, 2020 - The spread of the COVID-19 virus in our province is a very challenging situation. The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, families and the communities we serve is of utmost importance to us. At this time there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, however, the public health risk from the virus remains low in Grey Bruce. In addition to proper hygiene, social distancing and avoiding large groups has been recommended as an important line of defense in slowing the spread of illness.

After careful consideration, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce has made the difficult decision to close all YMCA Child Care Early Learning Centres effective 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020 to April 5, 2020. This is in addition to the closure of our Before and After School Programs and East Ridge Early Learning Child Care Centre which closed on March 13. We realize the inconvenience this causes to families using our services and sincerely apologize.

In addition, we will also be temporarily closing our YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility, including March Break Day Camp, located in Owen Sound, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice as we continue to monitor the situation with guidance from our local Health Unit and government health experts. Again, we sincerely apologize.

Further information regarding refunds or credits will be communicated soon.

Our Community & Employment Services are exploring the best ways to support their clients in a healthy and safe manner. More information will be forthcoming.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for your continued support and understanding during this very trying time. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce responds to COVID-19 concerns with facility and program closures

Owen Sound, ON (March 15, 2020)- After careful consideration, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce has made the difficult decision to close all YMCA Child Care Early Learning Centres effective 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020 to April 5, 2020. Full release > >

COVID-19: Health and Safety Precautions

In addition to the usual flu season, we have all heard news of the Coronavirus COVID-19 beginning to spread in Canada. We understand people are worried. Here at the YMCA, please know that we are asking the same question you are - what can we do to stay safe? It is important for each of us to understand what we can do as individuals to keep ourselves, our families and our community healthy. Full details > >

YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce CEO, Gayle Graham Announces Retirement

Owen Sound, ON – After 22 years with the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce and more than 40 years with the YMCA organization, CEO Gayle Graham has announced that she will retire at the end of this year in December 2020.  Full details >>


Baker Tilly partners together with YMCA and challenges local businesses to support membership assistance for our neighbours facing financial hardship
Owen Sound, ON - The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce (OSGB) has launched its annual Strong Kids fundraising campaign in support of membership assistance for families and individuals in Grey and Bruce Counties. As part of the 2020 Strong Kids Campaign, YMCA Board President Gwynne Potter, has launched a challenge to other businesses in our community. Full details >>


Upcoming Events

Please ensure you check our Program Schedule page prior to visiting to see if there are any schedule changes or closures. 

Optimizing Your Health & Wellness Workshops
FREE Monthly Education Workshops in partnership with Grey Bruce Health Services taking place on the second Tuesday of every month and are designed for those who had a stroke, heart surgery, heart attack, or who have had other heart conditions including high blood pressure or cholesterol; or are at risk. Register through our Cardiac Rehab office, 519-376-4832.

Next Workshop:

Mental Health
April 14, 2-3 PM
Presenter: Carol Pellow, Social Worker

Annual Events at your YMCA 

Family Day: February 17, 2020

Drop in for free family activities at the YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility!


Partner Days

Every few months residents of Owen Sound and Georgian Bluffs enjoy free access to the YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility in thanks for the community's help developing our amazing building. Enjoy a swim, try one of the regularly scheduled fitness classes, play in the gym with your family and more - all for free. Next Partner Day: Sunday, May 24, 2020

YMCA Peace Week: 2020 dates TBA

The Y is dedicated to building healthy communities - and peace is fundamental to strong, happy and healthy communities.  During Peace Week, YMCAs across the country promote ways we can build peace, and highlight the peace-building work that happens all year round, both inside and outside the YMCA.  The YMCA Peace Medal is awarded to people from coast to coast who have been engaged in work promoting peace in their communities. At our YMCA the Medal is awarded in a ceremony during Peace Week. 


YMCA Healthy Kids Day:  Sunday, April 26, 2020

Come to the Y and celebrate our national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids. It’s a FREE event for everyone in the community. 


Annual General Meeting: 2020 date TBA

Join us and hear what your YMCA has accomplished over the past year.  Our AGM is a great opportunity to meet Board members and senior staff, see what's been planned for the future of your organization and get an understanding of the achievements that drive us forward.