Oshawa Mary Street YMCA receives Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Project funding

June 30, 2017

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, today announced that the rehabilitation of the Oshawa Mary Street YMCA Health and Fitness Centre will receive funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. 

YMCA representatives and partners smiling at announcement


The federal government’s contribution of more than $580,000 will leverage the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s investment toward this nearly $1.8 million project. The funding will go a long way to helping children, youth and adults find a place to get healthy, a place to belong, and a place to build strong community ties.

The Oshawa Mary Street YMCA has been the community’s anchor of health and well-being for more than 15 years. Thousands of people access the centre everyday, and participate in more than one hundred programs offered on a yearly basis. Investing in this Centre’s rehabilitation project will allow this community to remain strong and vibrant.

 “The YMCA is committed to providing inclusive spaces where everyone has the opportunity to get active, participate in community programs and feel a connection to the support they need to thrive,” explains Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Toronto. “Our thanks to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program that is helping us improve accessibility, reduce energy use, and renew spaces at our Oshawa YMCA. This will have a lasting impact for the thousands of children, youth and adults who access our centre every day.” 

The YMCA is grateful for the government’s contribution to this project, which will enhance our ability to provide health and wellness programs to all, regardless of age, ability or circumstance.  This project will be tackling many things across the Centre, including:

  • Making spaces more accessible, and meeting requirements set out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, including investments in new accessible doors, accessible washrooms, ramps, handrails, and accessible signage.
  • Improving our energy sustainability by retrofitting lighting, and replacing existing light bulbs, replacing old automation systems, and replacing certain air conditioning units, and plumbing systems.
  • Reinventing our physical spaces by adding additional multipurpose rooms and areas within the building to house various new physical activities, and converting a portion of the café into a child minding area for our members.

The impact of this project will be felt across the community.

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