Immigrant Services – Update
March 20, 2020 – 12:30pm
YMCA Immigrant Services will continue to provide Support Services using telephone, text, and online resources. If you need to book an appointment for Support Services please phone or text 705-241-2501.
Employment & Learning Services – Update
March 18, 2020 – 1:00pm
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s Employment & Learning Services sites in Midland, Huntsville, and Parry Sound will remain closed to the public in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Appointments with a Job Coach will proceed as scheduled, virtually and by telephone.
As we continue to navigate in these uncertain times, we are now establishing new methods of engagement with our job seekers. Employment opportunities are available online as well as posted in our windows for members of the community to walk by and still honour social distancing.
We know during this time you might still need to continue your job search! To connect with a YMCA job coach, please call the Midland (705-528-0845 x0), Huntsville (705-787-0349 x0), or Parry Sound (705-746-8480) Employment & Learning Services sites directly.
We will continue to look for guidance from our local District Health Unit and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer as we monitor COVID-19, and continue to make adjustments as needed.
Move to Give – Postponed
March 16, 2020 – 2:30pm
The growing concern around COVID-19 in our community has everyone feeling unsettled, especially as we experience many changes to our day-to-day lives and in the weeks to come. In the past 48 hours the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has had to make many difficult decisions in an effort to navigate these uncertain times. As a centre of community, it is also our duty to protect our volunteers, donors, members, families, program participants, sponsors and the residents of our community, as best we can.
As a result, we have decided to postpone our Move to Give fundraising event, initially scheduled for April 4, 2020. The decision was not easy, but the best way to ensure we support our mission of building healthy communities.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredibly dedicated staff, volunteers, sponsors and participants that have put a tremendous amount of effort into the lead up to this year’s event. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm and look forward to rescheduling as soon as local health officials indicate it is safe to do so.
Our communities are resilient. Together, we will get through this.
Event updates for Move to Give will be posted on MoveToGive.ca, as they become available.
Employment & Learning Services, and Youth Services – Closures
March 16, 2020 – 9:15am
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s Employment & Learning Services sites in Midland, Huntsville, and Parry Sound will be closed to the public today, Monday, March 16, 2020. Appointments with a Job Coach will proceed as scheduled.
All classes delivered through Learning Services in Huntsville, Parry Sound, Bracebridge, and Gravenhurst are cancelled, effective immediately. Youth Job Connection/Summer programming is also cancelled this week.
While the public health risk remains low in Simcoe County and Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound, we are taking swift and decisive action to protect the communities we serve and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to look for guidance from our local District Health Unit and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer as we monitor this situation, and continue to make adjustments as needed.
Health, Fitness, and Aquatics Centres – Closures
March 14, 2020 – 10:10pm
First and foremost, the safety and wellbeing of our members, families, staff, and participants in the communities we serve remain our top priority. At this time, the public health risk remains low in Simcoe County and Ontario, however, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is taking swift and decisive action to protect our community and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In consultation with our community partners and guidance of our local District Health Unit and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, social distancing and avoiding large groups have been recommended as an important line of defence in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
We wish to advise you that the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has made the difficult decision to close all YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres in Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound effective immediately, until Monday, April 6, 2020.
Unfortunately, automatic payments are already in progress until Tuesday, March 17, 2020. These automated payments will be reviewed and adjusted once we have reopened. As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, until Sunday, April 5, 2020 membership fee payments will no longer be collected at our Centres.
We deeply appreciate your understanding as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and communicate updates as they become available.
Health, Fitness, and Aquatics Centres
March 13, 2020 – 6:00pm
We understand the growing concern around the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health of our employees, volunteers, and community members is of utmost importance to us. This week, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed the region’s first case of COVID-19, however, it has been reported that the risk to those in our region remains low. We also learned of the decision by the Ministry of Education to close all public schools in Ontario for two additional weeks following March break. As concern for this outbreak has continued to escalate within our region, the leadership team at our YMCA has been reviewing the impact of these decisions on our operations. Our health and fitness locations will remain open but we are restricting the number of programs: Children’s programs have been cancelled for the time being. This includes child minding, Y-kids, and March break camps and other registered programs for children. Swim Lessons and advanced aquatics programs have been cancelled. All saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs will be closed. Our wellness floors remain open. We will be revising our swim and fitness schedules to align with ministry of health guidelines keeping social distancing and group size in mind. We will resume normal programming as soon as local health officials indicate it is safe to do so. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to make adjustments as needed.
Child Care and School Age Care
March 13, 2020 – 5:10pm
Earlier today we communicated with you regarding the Government of Ontario’s closure of publicly funded schools from March 14 – April 5, 2020, and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our leadership team has discussed how this impacts our programs, and most importantly, the safety of our staff and its participants.
All child care centres, before and after school programs and March break school age programs, will be closed from March 16 – April 5, 2020.
Please note: your April invoice will be credited for the days that we are closed.
Mid-March payments will be processed as normal. These payments cannot be stopped. We will then create credits for all dates that we are closed, and that credit will be applied to your April invoice.
Message to our Members
March 13, 2020 – 11:30am
To our valued community members,
In response to yesterday’s announcement by the Government of Ontario to close all publicly funded schools from March 14 – April 5, our YMCA is assessing the implications of these closures on YMCA programs that operate within schools. We are also evaluating our approach to all of our programs during the COVID-19 outbreak and request your patience as we work through this process.
Our Y will provide updates on our approach as they become available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.