Location: 20 Milner Business Court
Client group: Women
Maximum number of rooms: Up to 146 rooms
Expected opening date: Week of May 14, 2021
Expected closing date: December 31, 2021
Service operator: City of Toronto
As part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing in the shelter system, 20 Milner Business Court, in Scarborough North (Ward 23), has been leased by the City of Toronto to act as an emergency support, temporary shelter hotel. The hotel has been leased from the property owner until December 2021 with the potential for extension as public health guidance changes.
Learn more about the City’s plan for homelessness services as part of the response to COVID-19.
The City is planning a virtual information session with the community on May 13, 2021 from 7 to 9 p.m. Residents and interested people are invited to attend. The information session will include Mandarin and Cantonese interpretation. More details will be added closer to the date.
Starting the week of May 17, 20 Milner Business Crt., will be used to relocate a City-operated women’s shelter program that opened at 2685 Kingston Rd. in Spring 2020 as part of the response to COVID-19. The City is committing to 100 rooms, but it could be increased to 146 rooms as needed. The City’s lease at the existing location at 2685 Kingston Rd. will end on May 31, 2021.
The program at 20 Milner Business Crt. will be delivered directly by the Shelter, Support & Housing Administration division at the City of Toronto. The shelter will provide counselling and supportive programming. Many wrap-around supports will be provided for clients at 20 Milner Business Crt., including:
The City typically engages the community in advance of opening a new shelter to provide information about the program and support its successful integration into the community. This has not been possible for many of the temporary sites due to the speed at which the City has had to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City must work quickly to save lives, protect the most vulnerable, and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in shelters and the community. The City has hired a community engagement team who will be gathering input from the community and sharing information about temporary shelter program at 20 Milner Business Crt.
The community engagement plan will include:
Because of physical distancing restrictions, all engagement activities will take place online and over the phone rather than in person. For questions, comments or concerns, community members are encouraged to contact:
Madeleine Anderson and David Buwalda, Community Engagement Facilitators
416 800-2914 Ext. 207