General FAQ

What kind of memberships do you offer?

We offer Adult, Men's Plus, Woman's Plus, Young Adult (ages 18-26), Child/Youth (17 & under), and two different family memberships (Family Advantage and Family Advantage Plus).

Adult: Access to all the YMCA facilities and drop-in programs, and two registered programs.

Young Adult: The same as an adult membership at a reduced rate to help students and those trying to get established.

Men's Plus: Access to an exclusive men's change room where towel service and a tote basket is provided, a small private work out area, lounge, sauna, steam room and whirlpool.

Woman's Plus: Access to an exclusive woman's change room with provided towel service and a tote basket is provided along with steam room and swimsuit spinner.  

Child/Youth: Access to the facility and three registered programs (one must be a swimming program) each session.

Family Advantage: Access to the facility, drop-in programs and two registered programs per adult and three registered programs per child or youth (one must be a swimming program) each session.

Family Advantage Plus: The same as the Family Advantage, but the adult male gains access to the Men's Plus change room.

Definition of 'family' for purposes of YMCA membership: Any two adults, and any number of children under the age of 18, living at the same address.

What is included in the membership?

In all memberships you have access to:

  • Drop in programs
  • Registered adult programs (2 programs/session) and children's programs (3 programs/session)
  • Squash and racquetball courts
  • Pool
  • Cardio and weight room
  • Complimentary fitness orientation
  • Discounts on specialty classes such as: TRX, functional training, First Aid and CPR training
  • Discounted personal training and group training sessions
  • Use of cycle room, gymnasium and Fitness Studio (when class is not in session)
  • Access to other YMCA's in North America

Do you have contract memberships or can I just go on a month to month basis?

We don't have contracts, and cancellation requests need only be received at least 14 full days before the next payment date.

Pre-authorized payments are taken from your Visa, MasterCard, or chequing account every month. If you prefer, you can pay for a full year's membership up front with our Annual Membership. 

What if I can't afford a membership?

The YMCA offers Membership Assistance to ensure everyone has access to quality facilities and programs. If your current financial circumstances are limiting your access to a membership, please inquire with our Member Services Representatives. The YMCA is a registered charity, and helping build a healthy community is our mandate.

What are your hours?

Our hours are Monday to Friday from 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Do you have parking?

There is plenty of metered parking around the facility. There is also free street parking just a few blocks from the facility if you don't mind a short walk. Metered parking is free before 9:00 AM, after 6:00 PM and all day Sunday.

When are your children/adult programs available?

Our adult and child registered programs run in seasonal sessions throughout the year.

Can I come into the YMCA without having a membership?

Yes! We offer day passes at $15.00 for adults, $9 for Young Adults (18-26) , $4 for Child/Youth (17 & under) and $30.00 for Family. A day pass gives you access to the entire facility including drop in programs and our General Use locker rooms. (This does not include access to our Plus members locker room)

Do you offer child minding?

We know it's difficult to find time for yourself when you have the responsibility of taking care of a little one. To help you stay active and healthy, the YMCA provides free Child Minding for Members! Child Minding is for children 6 months to 12 years old. If you have a child who is less than 6 months and you would like to use the service, please contact Jamie at 306-652-7515 ext.259. This is a registered service, that can be done on the MindBody app. Spots are limited in order to promote physical distancing and there is a 1 hour time limit. After each time slot we close for 15 minutes to sanitize the room. Upon arrival we will be doing temperature checks of your child, if they are 37.5 degrees or over we will not allow them into Child Minding. For more information please contact us!

For the Fall 2020 session: Hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:30 am - 1 pm; Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 - 8:30 pm

How do I cancel my membership?

All preauthorized memberships must be cancelled at least 14 full days before the next payment date. Please visit the Member Service desk to fill out a cancellation form.  If for any reason you are unable to come down to the YMCA please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May I put my membership on hold?

Yes, we would be happy to do that for you. Please visit the Member Service desk to arrange a hold.  If for any reason you are unable to come down to the YMCA please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Can I bring a guest with me?

We appreciate when members bring a guest to experience the Y. Guests are subject to the same guidelines as our members such as: over the age of 18 must provide valid photo ID, fill out and sign a waiver, and have a photo taken. Guests are permitted to come to the Y for a maximum of THREE complimentary lifetime visits.

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Childcare Centre FAQ

Still have Child Care questions?

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Are your centres licensed and subsidized?

Yes. All of our centres are licensed, which means that we follow strict government regulations with respect to operations, staffing, programs and safety. All licensed facilities in Saskatchewan are subject to drop in inspections from the Early Learning and Childcare Consultant that is assigned to our region.

Being licensed also means that we have access to additional government grant funding to further support children who may have diverse needs. Government subsidy for low income families can also be accessed if your child attends a licensed centre.

The Department of Learning Child Day Care Branch currently regulates and monitors licensed childcare by means of a childcare consultant. In the Saskatoon area, the consultant can be reached by calling 306.933-6071.

Licensed care centres must meet the standards of the Saskatchewan Government Child Care Act and Child Care Regulations (2014) before they receive a license. They are inspected at least once a year and have occasional unannounced drop-in visits to make sure that they are meeting the standards. These standards include the number of children for each staff, group size, minimum play space per child, nutrition, health, safety, and outdoor play.

In addition to the above requirements, staff members employed in a child care centre are required to have current CPR and First Aid training, pass a criminal record check and have a minimum level of early childhood development training, obtained through college or university classes.

All of our centres have a parent handbook to inform parents of centre procedures, activities, policies, and parent responsibilities.

Licensed childcare centres are obliged to follow ratios with respect to the maximum number of children that can be with one staff member.

  • One staff:3 infants
  • One staff:5 toddlers
  • One staff:10 pre-school age
  • One staff:15 school age

Do I qualify for childcare subsidy?

The toll free number for the Saskatchewan Childcare Subsidy is 1-800-667-7155. You may call and ask to speak to an assessor. The subsidy office will ask you for some information including how many dependent children you have, what the gross monthly family income is, and what the total childcare fees are. There are many variables that may affect whether or not you qualify, the best start is to call the subsidy office, or to complete and send in an application. Application forms are available online at http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/childcare or at a licensed childcare centre.

How old does my child have to be?

The YMCA provides community childcare to children 18 months to age 6 in our Downtown and Sutherland centres. A child can begin care the month that they turn 18 months, even if their birthday is at the end of the month. Our Martensville centre also provides community childcare for infants.

What qualifications do the staff have?

Staff members employed in a YMCA of Saskatoon Child Development Centre are trained in Early Childhood Education. Some have degrees, certificates or diplomas in Early Childhood Education, while others are in the process of completing classes with a certificate, diploma or degree as the goal. As well, all employees have completed a criminal record check, child abuse welfare check, First aid and CPR. Additionally, early childhood educators participate in national YMCA Playing to Learn training on an ongoing basis to ensure that our programs are following best practices.

What items do I need to send with my child?

Each child should bring an extra change of clothes, any special items they need in order to fall asleep at nap time (such as a blanket or stuffed animal) and clothing suitable for the weather, such as mittens, hats, boots and ski pants in the winter, and sunscreen, hat and insect repellant in the summer. Parents are asked to bring a good supply of diapers for children not yet potty trained, and for children who are potty training many extra sets of underwear and pants are required. All children require a clean pair of indoor shoes when the weather is snowy or inclement. Please clearly label all belongings with your child's name.

What items should I leave at home?

The centre is well equipped with toys to keep your child entertained, please leave toys from home at home. Toys may be lost or broken, and centre staff members are not always able to spend time searching for misplaced toys. Toy guns and weapons are not permitted at the Centre.

When do the children nap?

The children who require naps have rest time from 12 � 2:00 each day. Napping requirements are different for each child, and some children require shorter nap times or less frequent naps (one every 2 or 3 days). Children who do not need to nap have the option to have a shorter quiet time, and then participate in quiet free play activities.

Do parents need to supply meals and snacks?

All snacks and meals are provided on site. Our meal plan includes a light breakfast, hearty lunch, and afternoon snack. Our menu is designed with the nutritional needs of children in mind, and we aspire to serve nutritious meals that the children will enjoy, offering a wide array of fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads and pastas. Parents of children with special dietary needs are required to provide meals and snacks from home if the child is not able to eat the food that is provided at the centre.

Why do you have pets in your centres?

The program in a YMCA childcare centre is implemented with a living curriculum in mind, which includes live plants and animals. These elements help to create the calm, homelike environments that we strive for. Centres may have living creatures such as fish, guinea pigs or small reptiles that the children help care for. Centre staff members are sensitive to children's allergies, and if a child's health has the potential to be negatively affected by certain animals, the animals are moved to a different room or centre.

Is there part-time, casual or drop in care?

Our centres accept children in full time spaces. Due to a high demand for our spaces, drop in and casual care is not available. During the summer months, we may have spaces available that are vacated temporarily by families that do not require summer care. These spaces may be available on a monthly basis.

What if my child will be away for a while?

We always appreciate knowing in advance if children will be away. However, if your account remains in good standing, you will not lose your spot if you are away. Full childcare fees apply, even if you will be away.

When are fees due?

Childcare fees are due at the beginning of each month of care.

How can payment be made?

All of our YMCA Childcare Centres accept payment through preauthorized bank withdrawal or preauthorized charge to Visa or Mastercard.

Do I get a free YMCA membership or swimming lessons?

Every child enrolled in a YMCA Saskatoon Child Development Centre is eligible for a free YMCA child membership.

How do you manage difficult behavior in children?

The behaviour management techniques that our YMCA educators use with young children will vary depending the child's age, personality and the circumstances surrounding the behavior. Children may be redirected in their play, or may be asked to join a staff member in a quiet place to calm down. If you have concerns or questions about how to help support your child's behavior, please speak with our qualified staff members.

COVID-19 & MASK Policy

What are you doing to keep your members and staff members safe?

Your health and safety is our #1 priority, and we're committed to keeping your YMCA, Child Development Centres, BASC and Family Resource Centre clean and safe. We’ve always had extremely high cleanliness and sanitization standards in place. Our employees conduct regular and thorough cleaning of all equipment, surfaces, and areas and regularly complete deep cleanings. Although we cannot eliminate all risks associated with COVID-19, we've taken several additional steps to strengthen our existing cleanliness policies and procedures to help keep you and our staff safe.

Below are some of the changes we have implemented:

  • Employees must fill out daily Saskatchewan Health Questionnaire PRIOR to starting a shift or entering a facility and will wear a mask during their shift in all common areas.
  • Effective November 1st, 2020 - Masks will be required to be worn in all locations, except while actively working out, and in accordance with local restrictions.
  • All employees will have completed extensive training related to our enhanced cleanliness and sanitization policies and procedures.
  • Increased, thorough cleaning will be conducted using disinfectant on the EPA list effective against COVID-19. This includes walk arounds by our employees to continually clean and sanitize high-touch areas.
  • Increased sanitization stations will be available throughout the facilities for member use.
  • Some pieces of cardio equipment will be temporarily marked out of use to enable physical distancing and create additional distance between members.
  • New signage will be placed throughout the facility that highlights our sanitization and physical distancing guidelines

What is YMCA of Saskatoon’s mask policy?

Your health and safety is our #1 priority, and we're committed to keeping our all of our locations clean and safe. For the enhanced safety of our members, guests and staff, masks will be required except while actively working out, and in accordance with local restrictions effective November 1st, 2020. This means that a mask is required to be worn at all times, and in accordance with local restrictions, in the facility (except while actively working out) including when entering and exiting the facility, in between machines and exercises on the gym floor, cleaning, and while in the locker room and NOT behind a private enclosure such as a shower. While you are actively working out, you do not need to have a mask on.

Wearing a mask in public is proven to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and as a leader in the fitness industry, and your long-term partner in health and wellness, we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the health and safety of our YMCA community.

Thank you in advance for your support and adherence to this policy. This added safety precaution also helps us to remain open to serve you and keep you healthy and active.

Are members and guests required to wear masks at all times?

Members and guests are required to wear a mask at all times, except while actively working out. This includes upon entering and exiting the facility, and while in the facility except while actively working out, and in accordance with local restrictions, or behind a private enclosure (shower, etc.) or drinking.

Do I have to wear a mask while working out?

No, members and guests are NOT required to wear a mask while actively working out but must follow all local restrictions. But remember, members and guests must have a mask unless they are actively working out (and in accordance with all local restrictions) such as when individuals are entering and exiting the facility, cleaning equipment, and while walking on the gym floor between exercises.

What if I prefer not to wear a mask, or I have a medical exception and cannot wear a mask?

Effective November 1,2020, masks will be required at all times except while actively working out, and in accordance with local restrictions. If you have a medical exception that prohibits you from wearing a mask, please reach out to a team member.

What if I forget my mask?

You are required to come to the YMCA prepared with a mask just like coming prepared with your workout clothes. You will not be permitted into the facility without the mask. We will have disposable masks available at no cost until November 15th, 2020. Starting November 16th onward, you have the option of purchasing a reusable mask or a disposable mask.

Are employees required to wear a mask?

Yes, employees are required to wear masks if they are in common areas or can not physically distance during their shift for their safety, and the safety of others. This policy has been in effect since September 2020.

Mask best practices

    Wear your Mask Correctly
  • Wash your hands before putting it on
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

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