Warming Centres are currently closed for the season. The City’s 2024/2025 Winter Services Plan begins November 15, 2024.

Warming Centres are part of the City’s Winter Services Plan for people experiencing homelessness. The City activates Warming Centres when temperatures reach minus five degrees Celsius and/or when Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a winter weather event warning.

Warming Centres are pet-friendly and focus on getting and keeping vulnerable residents inside. Facilities provide:

  • Resting spaces
  • Meals
  • Access to washroom facilities
  • Referrals to emergency shelter

Individuals do not need to contact Central Intake to access a Warming Centre. Walk-ins are welcome. If someone arrives at a Warming Centre and it is at capacity, the City will assist with transportation to another Warming Centre, if space is available.

Generally, Warming Centres open at 5 p.m. on the day that locations are activated. Once open, Warming Centres remain open 24 hours a day until it is determined that locations will close. Once a Warming Centre closes to new admissions, staff work to refer individuals who remain onsite to alternate spaces in the shelter system.

Warming Centre Notifications

Sign-up to receive E-Updates on Warming Centres, including notifications when they open and close.

Type (don’t copy and paste) your email into the box below, check the box next to the e-update description and then click “Subscribe”. You will receive an email with instructions to confirm your request.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration collects personal information on this form under the legal authority of Toronto City Council Item 2023.EC3.13, as confirmed by the City of Toronto By-law 395-2023. The information will be used to subscribe you to a City of Toronto e-notice for Warming Centres, including when they open and close to new admissions throughout the winter season. By subscribing to one of the City of Toronto’s e-updates you are providing express consent, as defined by the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), to receive email updates from the City of Toronto. Questions about this collection can be directed to the General Manager’s Office, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, Metro Hall, 6th Floor, 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6, or by telephone at 416-392-8741.

Title Description
136 Spadina Rd.

Address: 136 Spadina Rd., Toronto ON  M5R 2T8

Intersection: Spadina Rd., south of Dupont St.

Operator: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 23

Details: Pet-friendly, showers


Metro Hall Warming Centre

Address: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto ON  M5V 3C6

Intersection: Corner of John St. & King St. W.

Operator: Fred Victor

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 45

Details: Accessible, pet-friendly


North York Warming Centre

Address: 12 Holmes Ave., North York ON  M2N 4L8

Intersection: Off of Yonge St., south of Finch Ave. E

Operator: Dixon Hall

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 46

Details: Pet-friendly


885 Scarborough Golf Club Rd.

Address: 885 Scarborough Golf Club Rd., Toronto ON  M1G 1J6

Intersection: East of Markham Rd., south of Ellesmere Rd.

Operator: City of Toronto

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 48

Details: Pet-friendly


Surge Site (open at -15 degrees Celsius)

Address: Cecil Community Centre, 58 Cecil St., Toronto ON  M5T 1N6

Intersection: East of Spadina Ave., south of College St.

Operator: City of Toronto

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 30

Details: Pet-friendly


Community Information Session

The City held a virtual community information session on November 1 to allow neighbours surrounding each site to ask questions and learn more about Warming Centre operations.

Residents who have additional questions can email the Community Engagement Facilitator at WeatherResponseTO@gmail.com