The City of Toronto opens its four Warming Centres when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued by the City’s Medical Officer of Health. 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 2021/2022 Winter Services Plan for those experiencing homelessness. All services at Warming Centres will be delivered following ongoing public health recommendations regarding COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of those using the centres. 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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cots in the scarborough civic centre warming centre. Each bed has a blanket.
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table of snacks, juice and hot water
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birds-eye view of beds in the scarboough civic centre rotunda
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close up of a cot with a folded blanket
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sign that points to the warming centre. outside the civic centre
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sign that points to the warming centre entrance
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blue table with City staff member who welcomes those who need the warming cenre
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