Beds in a temporary shelter

City opens warming centres as temperatures drop

December 3 2018 –

In response to extreme cold weather, the City of Vancouver is working with Vancouver Park Board, Vancouver Public Library, Britannia Community Centre, and Lookout Housing & Health Society to open warming centres on Monday December 3 and Tuesday December 4, with possible extensions, should the temperature remain below activation threshold.

Warming centres are activated as a life-saving response for people sleeping outside during the city's coldest months.


Warming centres will be open at the following locations:

  • Britannia Community Centre - 1739 Venables Street (Monday, December 3, from 10pm to 8:30am and Tuesday, December 4, from 9pm to 8:30am)
  • West End Community Centre - 870 Denman Street (Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4, from 11pm to 6am)
  • Powell Street Getaway - 528 Powell Street (Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4, from 9pm to 7am)
  • Vancouver Public Library - 350 W. Georgia Street (Tuesday, December 4, from 11pm to 7am)

About the warming centres

Warming centres are activated when the temperature reaches -5°C or below (or it feels like -5°C or below).

Warming centres are welcoming to all, and visitors may bring their pets, bikes, and carts with them. Hot drinks and snacks will be available, and those with their own bedding may choose to sleep at the centre.

Community centres and other public buildings are also available during their opening hours as spaces to warm up.

Last year, up to 100 people accessed the City's warming centres on any open night.

Since 2009, the City has partnered with the Province to open additional shelter space for the winter months. This year, nearly 300 temporary beds are available.

Those looking for shelter space can call 2-1-1 to check availability.

Learn more about the City's winter response