- Toronto opened four warming centers for unhoused people on Monday night ahead of a predicted drop in temperature.
- The city stated the opening of the warming centers means 150 more spaces for unhoused people.
Toronto opened four warming centers for unhoused people on Monday night ahead of a predicted drop in temperature.
The city said it usually opens warming centers when its medical health officer declares an extreme cold weather alert in a news release. That declaration comes after Environment Canada has temperatures of –15 C or more out or wind chills of – 20 or colder in Toronto for the following 24 hours.
The city noted that the temperatures are not expected to drop to that point overnight. Still, it is opening the warming centers “out of an abundance of caution” due to an expected and sudden drop in temperature and wind chill values in the forecast.
“In the Warming Centres, the City’s Streets to Homes Program will dispatch different 24/7 teams to communicate with people living outside and encourage them to get indoors. Throughout the winter, staff hand out blankets, warm winter clothing, and sleeping bags,” the city stated.
The city stated the opening of the warming centers means 150 more spaces for unhoused people.
The city said that COVID-19 public health measures are in place at the centers. These measures include physical distancing, mandatory masks, hand washing, symptom screening, enhanced cleaning, monitoring, and transportation to isolation and recovery sites for people waiting for test results or testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
The city added that the centers, which opened at 7 p.m., provide a warm indoor place to rest and access snacks, washrooms, and referrals to emergency shelters.
The centers are situated at:
- 5800 Yonge St.
- 129 Peter St.
- Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
- Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, 195 Princess’ Blvd.
Toronto was under a particular weather statement due to strong winds on Monday night, but that statement ended at 10:20 p.m. The winds caused scattered power outages in other parts of the city.
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