November 16th, 2020

To our YMCA of Regina community and supporters,

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news. We have made the incredibly difficult decision to permanently close our Downtown and East Health, Fitness, and Aquatics facilities. Our East Location will permanently close at the end of day Friday, November 20th, followed by our Downtown location closing at end of day Monday, November 23rd.

During an Association update held today, we delivered this difficult message to our dedicated staff and volunteer team.

Over the last several years, the YMCA of Regina has faced higher building and capital costs combined with decreasing market share and revenue in the Health and Fitness space. Compounded with the effects of the pandemic, the Association has also been faced with higher expenses in delivering services within the expanded health guidelines. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on many businesses and organizations, and our YMCA Association has not been immune to this. Since March of this year, our total membership has dropped to 53% from previous levels due to cancellations as a direct result of the pandemic.

We cannot underscore enough how much we appreciate our members, volunteers, and partners who have been with us throughout this journey.

We remain proud of our Association and everyone who has been involved in its over 130-year history and look towards continuing our work in providing important programming in Regina and Moose Jaw. This would include continuing to provide valuable childcare services to over 500 children, supporting youth through our numerous leadership and mentorship programs, as well as partner programs such as Before and After School and our Early Learning Centres.

We also look forward to reinforcing our work in supporting people’s spirit, mind, and body at our Northwest facility through our many Health, Fitness, and Aquatics services.

Please know that we will do everything we can to support our staff and the community during this challenging time.

We know this news is extremely difficult to hear and welcome your comments. We invite you to provide your feedback by using the portal below.

You can also visit our Question and Answer section below that will be updated regularly to provide you with the latest information.

Again, please know that this was not a decision we undertook lightly. We are doing everything we can to ensure a smooth transition for you, and our dedicated staff and partners.

Regards,

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