YMCA of Greater Toronto, Canada
The YMCA takes a holistic approach to community health that embodies all aspects of physical, mental and social well-being. We engage with the community to provide customized programs that support local needs while embracing diversity. The YMCA of Greater Toronto is dedicated to making our communities home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.
Our Strong Start, Great Future vision is that our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. To realize our vision, the YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to broadening and deepening our work in diversity and social inclusion, reflecting the diversity in the GTA and supporting healthy transitions for children, teens and young adults as well as older adults across all the dimensions of diversity.
Nine key social trends that indicate a need for a renewed approach:
• A growing population with visible minority status
• Increasing religious pluralism
• Greater recognition of diversity in sexual identity
• Changing patterns of immigration
• Evolving family structures
• An aging population
• Growing income inequality
• Urbanization of Indigenous populations
• Youth homelessness
The YMCA of Greater Toronto recognizes and values Diversity and Social Inclusion as underpinnings of what we stand for and what we do. We regard the diversity of people and communities as assets and recognize their contribution to the social, political and cultural enrichment of the GTA and this Association.
As a socially inclusive YMCA, we ensure that diverse individuals and communities share in power, give voice effectively to their issues, are involved in decision-making processes and have fair access to information and services. We also challenge specific forms of exclusion, including systemic barriers.
Since our last update to the Diversity & Social Inclusion Strategy, we have experienced substantial growth in the number of program locations and members served. This has been matched with increases in both full-time and part-time staff, who reflect the
diversity of the GTA.