The City’s Warming Centres are now closed.

The City of Toronto activates Warming Centres when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued by the City’s Medical Officer of Health based on a forecast from Environment and Climate Change Canada of -15° C or colder, or a wind chill of -20° C or colder. Warming Centres may also be activated at warmer temperatures if the forecast includes one or more factors that increase the impact of cold weather on health. Examples include wind chill, low daytime temperatures and precipitation.

Warming Centres open at 7 p.m. on the day that locations are activated and 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.

Warming Centres focus on getting and keeping vulnerable residents inside. Facilities provide:

  • resting spaces
  • snacks
  • access to washroom facilities
  • referrals to emergency shelter

Individuals do not need to contact Central Intake to access a Warming Centre. Walk-ins are accepted. There are also a number of drop-in programs available throughout the city.

Information about the status of Warming Centres is shared with the homelessness service sector, and communicated on this webpage and the City’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Warming Centres are part of the City’s Winter Plan for people experiencing homelessness.


Title Description
Cecil Community Centre

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

Operator: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 30


Metro Hall

Address: 55 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Operator: Fred Victor

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 45


Willowdale Baptist Church

Address: 15 Olive Ave., Toronto, ON M2N 4N4

Operator: Dixon Hall

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 42


Scarborough Civic Centre

Address: 150 Borough Dr., Toronto ON M1P 4N6

Operator: City of Toronto

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 17

*To access, use the Albert Campbell entrance off of Town Centre Court