The City’s Warming Centres are now closed to new admissions. The City is working to find anyone still onsite a referral to a shelter or 24-hour respite site.

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 an alert is issued and remain open until noon on the day an alert is terminated.

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.

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: 80


Mitchell Field Community Centre

Address: 89 Church Ave, North York , ON M2N 6C9

Operator: Dixon Hall

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 60


Scarborough Civic Centre

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

Operator: City of Toronto

Client group: mixed adult

Capacity: 25

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