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Extreme Cold Warning: City of Toronto Warming Centres remain open but one location changes


With Toronto still in a deep freeze and temperatures dropping from -10°c today to -19°c tonight, the Extreme Cold Weather Alert that was first issued on January 17 continues. In order to keep Torontonians safe and warm, the City of Toronto’s Warming Centres will remain open but due to a construction project, the Scarborough Civic Centre warming centre will be closed, and a new one at Centennial Recreation Centre will open tonight.

The following Toronto warming centres will be open tonight:

  • 129 Peter St.
  • 5800 Yonge St.
  • Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, 195 Princes’ Blvd.

New warming centre opens tonight

The fourth Warming Centre that will be activated is located at Centennial Recreation Centre at 1967 Ellesmere Rd. It replaces the Warming Centre typically located at the Scarborough Civic Centre, which is currently unavailable due to construction taking place over the weekend.

Centennial Recreation Centre will open for new referrals at 7 p.m. tonight. Service providers and clients can access space by calling Central Intake at 416-338-4766. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Clients currently at the Scarborough Civic Centre Warming Centre will be offered transportation to the temporary location at Centennial Recreation Centre.

In addition to the services available at the four Warming Centres, the City’s Streets to Homes Program will continue to dispatch additional 24/7 teams to connect with people living outside and encourage them to come indoors. Throughout the winter, outreach staff hands out blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter clothing.

Find out about all services for those experiencing homelessness and under-housed individuals online.

SOURCE City of Toronto

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