Warming Centres are just one of many ways the City of Toronto works to keep vulnerable people safe during winter weather. The City always opens its four Warming Centres when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued by the City’s Medical Officer of Health. They are often activated in consideration of other conditions, including colder nighttime temperatures, forecasted wind chill values and inclement weather alerts. Warming Centers give those who are vulnerable and may be experiencing homelessness a safe, warm indoor place to rest and access snacks, washroom facilities and referrals to emergency shelter.
Warming Centres are being offered this year as part of the City’s 2022/2023 Winter Services Plan for those experiencing homelessness. The images and video available here are representative of what the City’s Warming Centres look like; the exact set up may vary by centre.
Learn more about Extreme Cold Weather Alerts, view a list of Warming Centre locations, and learn more about the winter plan.
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