All residents can be affected by cold weather, but those most at risk of cold-related illness include:

  • People with pre-existing heart conditions or chronic respiratory illness
  • Older adults
  • Infants and young children
  • People who work or do physical activity outside for extended periods
  • People who are experiencing homelessness
  • People who are living in a home without adequate electricity or heat

Warming Centres

The City of Toronto activates Warming Centres during the winter months to ensure warm spaces are available for those experiencing homelessness. Find more information on the activation process and current status of Warming Centres and services for people who are experiencing homelessness.

If there is a need to support a person at risk, call 311 for information about City services and programs, including cold weather response. Call 911 if the situation is an emergency.