Our History

Since 1870, the YMCA of Greater Moncton has been at the centre of our community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility, the YMCA ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. Our focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. Through YMCA financial assistance programs, the YMCA is accessible to all.

The YMCA in Canada

In the mid-19th century, the industrialization of first-world economies brought young men in great numbers into cities looking for work. In 1844 a group of people founded the YMCA in England to provide these new arrivals with a positive influence and a chance to make friends. The idea spread and the first YMCA in North America got its start in Montreal, Quebec in 1851.

Originally a place where religious teachings inspired young men to be the best they could be, we quickly expanded to serve people of all ages, faiths, backgrounds and abilities.

The YMCA in Canada has had a lasting influence on our country’s culture in many ways: three Canadian universities grew out of YMCA education programs (Carleton, York, and Concordia); and Canadian James Naismith, a YMCA staff member, created the popular game of basketball. For more information on the YMCA in Canada visit ymca.ca.

Alma Street, Moncton - 1870 to 1952

Alma Street, Moncton

Highfield Street, Moncton - 1953 to 2004