As Toronto continues to be under an extreme cold alert, the city is continuing to take measures to ensure everyone in the city is safe.
The city’s latest move was opening two more 24/7 warming centres in the downtown core to provide additional relief for homeless individuals and their pets.
The two new centres officially opened at 7 pm Thursday evening.
At a press conference, Mayor John Tory said the city is still exploring all options and opportunities to ensure the city’s most vulnerable residents are protected during the extreme cold.
An extreme cold warning has been issued for Toronto. To help people trying to get out of the cold this weekend, we have taken immediate action to open two additional 24/7 warming centres starting at 7 pm tonight. pic.twitter.com/lzkXd8UtQO
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 4, 2018
“These warming centres provide accessible immediate relief during Extreme Cold Weather events and are in addition to the City’s other winter respite services.”
The warming centres are located at Metro Hall, 55 John Street and Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter Street.
Each centre will operate 24/7 and will remain open until the current extreme cold weather alert is terminated.
Visitors will have access to warm places to sleep, meals, showers, hygiene kits and referrals to additional supports.
The two new warming centres are in addition to six winter respite locations, which currently provide more than 400 drop-in spaces and will continue to operate on a 24/7 basis until April 15.
Remember, if you see someone outside in need of assistance this winter to call 311. In case of an emergency (for example, a person lying on the street with skin exposed), please call 911.