Y Assisted Membership
The YMCA believes that no barrier should stand in the way of all of us getting stronger, together. YMCA donors and partners help make this possible. If financial circumstances or a permanent disability are limiting your ability to participate, you may be eligible for Y Assisted Membership. Please submit a completed Y Assisted Membership Application, along with the required supporting documents, prior to arranging a private and confidential interview with our Assisted Membership Coordinator.
How do I Apply?
- Fill out the application (Y Assisted Membership) Applications are also available at H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre and the Kelowna Family Y.
- Gather the necessary documentation that fits your situation and attach to your application:
Financial Sponsorship – one of the following documents for each person living in the household:
- Prior year’s Notice of Assessment for Revenue Canada
- Prior year’s Income Tax Return
- In the case of those who do not file Tax Returns, please attach the last three months of bank statements for those in the household earning income
Permanent Mental or Physical Disability – one of the following documents:
- Documentation showing you are currently receiving a permanent disability pension from the federal or provincial government, WCB, ICBC, or a private insurance company.
- A current copy of a letter from the pension provider stating your permanent disability status.
- A referral letter from an established agency, association or group home whose mandate is to support persons with permanent disability, stating your disability status.
3. Bring your completed application and documentation to H2O Member Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for Y Assisted Membership?
You are eligible if you are a family or individual who is unable to pay the full cost of a membership, or if you have a permanent mental or physical disability.
How does the Y determine how much I pay?
As a family or individual the amount is determined by your family size and the government’s Low Income Cut-Off Chart (LICO) as a guideline. For example, an individual with an annual income of $15,000 or less would qualify, as would a family of 4 with a combined income up to $43,000.
For individuals with a permanent disability, the monthly cost is a fixed amount. This includes admission for a support worker, if required.
Is it possible to join the Y for free?
The YMCA believes strongly in the value of self-sufficiency. We believe the Y experience has more value if you pay a portion of the monthly fee, no matter how small.
If I receive financial support through the Y Assisted Membership, what is expected of me and my family?
When you receive assisted membership you are expected to make your monthly payments on time, notify us if your financial situation changes, and all members must use their membership a minimum of once per week or 4 times per month.
Can the Y deny my application?
Your request could be denied if your financial information does not identify an inability to pay or if you have not met the minimum usage requirements. For ability pass applications supporting government or insurance documentation must clearly identify a permanent disability.
How do I pay ?
For financially assisted memberships: You will pay when you join, followed by payments made in person each month. Cash, Debit, Mastercard and Visa are accepted forms of payment. Memberships are approved for a 6 months term.
For Ability Passes: Cash, Debit, Mastercard and Visa are all accepted forms of payment for your 30 day pass. There is no term commitment to this pay-as-you-go pass. Pass approval is granted once and remains in effect indefinitely. The pass holder may purchase a pass at any time. There are no visit requirements.
For Further information, please contact:
Laura Nutini, Financial Assistance Coordinator
email@example.com 250 764-4040 ext 412