June 4, 2020
Hebron, Yarmouth County
For immediate release

The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth (MODY), like many people in Yarmouth County is saddened to hear the YMCA will be closing its doors. The “Y”, as it is affectionately called, means different things to different people. For some, it’s a place where childhood bonds were forged during kids’ programs. For some, it’s where they recovered from a heart attack. For others, it’s where they put roots in our community as new Canadians. And for others, it’s where they helped improve their community. The board members, volunteers and staff can be proud of the positive impact it achieved during its 162 years of service to the community.

In partnership with the YMCA Yarmouth, Y-Canada, Municipality of Argyle and Town of Yarmouth, MODY worked over an 18 month period evaluating possible solutions to the Y-Yarmouth’s operating and financial woes.

We looked at different ways of doing business, we invested in a building condition assessment, we brainstormed fundraising strategies, we looked at other ways to provide vision and leadership. Everyone at the table contributed significant effort, time and money to seek mutually beneficial solutions. Federal and Provincial governments were advocated several times in the last 10 years to aid in the solution. Most notably, in December 2019 the three municipal units in Yarmouth County invested $75,000 and countless staff hours to submit a proposal to government for new recreation infrastructure and began conversations with the Y leadership on their role. The Province and the Federal government never responded to the submission.

In an ever-changing world, hampered now with the Covid-19 pandemic, organizations face changing realities. Making long term decisions requires creativity, working together, and setting priorities. For municipalities, financial stability and competing community demands are added to that mix.

Municipal Council worked closely with leadership from the Yarmouth YMCA and Y-Canada in an effort to find a mutually beneficial and sustainable option for the provision of services in the facility. Unfortunately, the required total investment over 10 years, of nearly $8,000,000.00 and an anticipated $200,000 annual municipal subsidy put the project out of reach for the District of Yarmouth when combined with known investments required over the same time period.

Council commends the past and present leadership, staff and volunteers at the Yarmouth YMCA for their contributions.

Media inquiries
Warden Leland Anthony
902-740-2187

Victoria Brooks
Chief Administrative Officer
902-742-7159

Quick Facts

*   Municipal Subsidy 2008 – 2019: Capital $44,132; Operating $202,400
*  The operating subsidy was doubled to $30,000 in 2019-20 and $12,600 was contributed to the condition assessment.
*  The YMCA is the recipient of MODY’s largest community operating grant
*  The Municipality contributes $1,200 annually to the public school swim program at the YMCA


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