Benefits Extension

For those with extended benefits, the Y will continue to cover the cost of both the Employee’s and Employer’s portions for the month of June so there will be no cost to our laid off employees. We will continue to address the costs monthly as we know, for many, having these benefits is essential, especially during this time of uncertainty.

All full-time staff have a continuation of the following benefits only: Life insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Health, Dental, and Employee Assistance Program.

Health Resources through Manulife

Manulife, our benefits provider, is offering some notable virtual services during this unique time. Full-time staff with benefits are able to access all services below (including those who've been temporarily laid off), and part-time staff can access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Melaney.

Contact Melaney by phone (250-317-7396) or email ( if you have any questions about accessing the services below.

Healthcare Online

If you are unable to access your clinic or doctor in person, Healthcare Online provides 24/7 secure access to Canadian healthcare professionals through live chat and video consultation. Reach out to Melaney to learn more.

Express Scripts Canada (ESC)

Manulife's virtual pharmacy services can help if you have concerns about getting any prescription medications if your pharmacy is out of stock or doesn't offer delivery services. Learn more

Virtual Physiotherapy

Phzio offers a variety of virtual services to help you stay on track with your physiotherapy program by connecting with a provider remotely. Learn more

Additional Therapeutic Resources

Phzio’s MSK360 focuses on prevention and early intervention, offering a library of videos with breathing programs, desk yoga, multi-day challenges and more. Also included are resources to assist you in setting up an ergonomic workstation at home. Learn more

Virtual Counselling Services

Homewood Health continues to deliver counselling services over the phone to help manage your mental well-being during this stressful period. Reach out to Melaney to learn more.

Employee Assistance Program—Counselling

The EAP is offering 24-hour immediate phone counseling for staff members, through Manulife.

Counseling services will cover a variety of issues including stress, marital/ family issues, alcohol/ drug abuse, psychological disorders, anger management, eldercare concerns, sexual harassment, gambling addiction and conflict resolution.

Call 1-866-644-0326 or TTY 1-888-384-1152 to access. Those without benefits in need of this service should contact Melaney as exceptions can be made.

Wellness Podcasts

Running out of videos to stream? Take a walk and try one of these wellness podcasts:

FACE COVID – How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis

Take a look at Dr. Russ Harris' approach to dealing with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it (summarized below). This resource was provided by our Y Mind team. Watch video

F = Focus on what’s in your control
A = Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings
C = Come back into your body
E = Engage in what you’re doing
C = Committed action
O = Opening up
V = Values
I = Identify resources
D = Disinfect & distance

Mental Health Webinar Sessions

YMind Vancouver is hosting weekly sessions via conference call to explore coping mechanisms. Weekly sessions take place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. To participate: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting +1-647-497-6067 Conference ID: 691 290 299#

Y Well Video Series

Help calm and develop your mind through this on-demand video series provided as a part of the YMCA at Home initiative. Topics include self care, mindfulness, relaxation, personal development and meditation. Watch videos

Mindfulness Exercise: Body Scan

This mindfulness practice, called a body scan, will help you take a break in your day. Thank you to our very own Rulisha Chetty, YMCA of Okanagan YMind Facilitator, for producing this recording.