Global Initiatives

International Development

The YMCA in Canada build strong bridges that go beyond national and cultural barriers through integration services for newcomers, programs of awareness of global issues and partnerships with YMCAs in other countries.
The international YMCA Canada is based on the belief that every human being has the fundamental right to live in conditions conducive to the development of body, mind and spirit.

For more information on YMCA Canada’s global initiatives check out YMCA Canada.

The global network of YMCA

Well anchored locally in over 120 countries, YMCAs are both independent and united by the common desire to support youth and strengthen communities. Integrated into their global network, the YMCA work together to give young people and their relatives access to the essential to their vitality.

Our international partners

Our international partnerships are long-term multi-dimensional relationship based on equality and a common will to act. Through its partnerships, Canadians can contribute to the well-being of communities around the world.

Our partnership programs:

  • promote the rights of children and youth
  • contribute to increasing the chances given to girls and women
  • provide outreach programs run by youth about HIV / AIDS and other health issues
  • prepare youth for employment

The YMCA in Canada provide technical and financial support to community projects designed and developed by leaders of the YMCA in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. These projects aim to foster the development of children and youth, promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging social responsibility through citizen participation.

The YMCA of Sudan (Khartoum) and the YMCA of Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins

This partnership supports the YMCA in Khartoum in its leadership programs for teachers and community leaders in awareness campaigns on HIV / AIDS and its promotion opportunities afforded to girls and women. The partnership also supports the creation and maintenance of schools for children and youth.

This initiative is financially supported by the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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