Sponsored Membership Program - Easing Access to the YMCA


Our Sponsored Membership program serves those individuals and families who have the greatest need in our community. Those that are unable, not unwilling, to pay the full fee for a general membership or for specific programs.

Preparing for a Sponsored Membership Interview
  • To support our assisted members, we ask that you complete the Sponsored Membership Application in full and bring it to the Membership Sales & Service desk of the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA.
  • Interviews will be done on a first come, first serve basis.
Frequently Asked Questions

If I feel I qualify, how do I apply for a Sponsored Membership?
  • Individuals interested in applying for a Sponsored Membership should visit the Membership Sales & Service Desk to receive a membership application form or print out the form above.

Is it possible to join the YMCA for free?
  • No, we ask that everyone contribute to his or her annual membership fees.

How does the YMCA determine how much I can afford to pay?

  • Your fee is determined based on your needs, financial capabilities and your commitment to using your membership a minimum of twice a week on a regular basis. We will come to a financial agreement that is acceptable to both you and the YMCA.

What method of payment is used?

  • Pre-authorized through a bank account. A void cheque from your account or a membership form completed by your bank is required.
  • Please note, a $20 charge will apply to all NSF Payments.

What do I do if my financial circumstances change during my membership period?
  • You may ask for another YMCA Sponsored Membership appointment and a Staff Member will be pleased to discuss new arrangements.

Where does the money come from to support the program?

  • The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA

What do I need to bring to my interview?

  • Proof (receipts) of all monthly income (including child tax credit, child care credit, support payments, etc.)

  • Proof (receipts) of all monthly expenses (including Bell, cable, gas, PUC,house/car insurance, rent & mortgage)

  • Void Cheque or Membership form completed by bank for setting up your Pre-Authorized Payment Plan.

  • A willingness to discuss your financial situation and make a financial commitment.

If I receive a YMCA Sponsored Membership, what is expected of me?

  • All information provided by you is kept confidential. We expect the same confidentiality from you.

  • A YMCA Sponsored Membership also requires a commitment to making your payments on time and using your membership a minimum of twice a week on a regular basis.

How do I renew my membership?

  • We ask you to review your membership through a review every 6 months.

  • You will receive a notice in the mail to review your membership approximately every 6 months - please book an appointment for review.

  • Failure to come in for a review will result in an automatic increase in your fee.

We will ask the following in the interview:

  • Why would you like to become a member of the YMCA?

  • Which programs and services interest you?

  • Why do you feel you require a Sponsored Membership?

Please be aware that it may take up to two weeks to process your application.

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