Instead of the snow we have come to expect, residents are facing some of the coldest temperatures we have seen in a while, hovering close to -40 with the wind chill. Due to this extreme weather, residents are encouraged to:
- Layer up and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia if you are spending any time outside.
- Access City facilities to stay warm if needed.
Both emergency and community shelters are open and accept walk in traffic, or they can be accessed via 311 or the Salvation Army Van. A full list of addresses is below – please share this information with anyone who may be in need.
Ottawa Public Health’s full list of resources on Cold Weather Response is available here. Specific information for persons experiencing homelessness can be found here.
If you encounter someone in need of shelter during this extreme weather event, the best thing to do is to call 311 and request the Salvation Army Van for transport to the nearest location. If you walk into a location and they do not have an available bed, they will arrange transportation for you.
Hostel, 75 Nicholas St
Jim Durrell Arena, 1265 Walkley Rd
Dempsey Community Centre, 1895 Russell Rd
Salvation Army (Men’s Shelter), 171 George Street
Shepherds of Good Hope, 256 King Edward Avenue
The Mission (Men’s Shelter), 35 Waller Street
Cornerstone (Women’s Shelter) – please call 613-237-4669 (24 hours)
YSB (Young Women’s Shelter) – please call 613-789-8220
YSB (Young Men’s Shelter) – please call 613-907-8975
Stay warm and check in on each other – this cold snap should lift by the end of the weekend!