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Extreme weather alert

December 5 2016

Person on street

An Extreme Weather Alert (EWA) for Vancouver has been called for December 4 to 8 due to sub-zero temperatures.

This EWA activates the authorities in the Assistance to Shelter Act for police to assist persons at risk due to extreme weather conditions and remains in effect until it is cancelled, according to sec. 2(2)(b) of the Assistance to Shelter Act.

Shelters providing spaces on December 4 to 8

Shelter Opening hours Mats

10th Avenue Alliance Church
11 West 10th Ave at Ontario

  • Light snacks and showers
  • Small carts stored



St. Mark’s Extreme Weather Shelter
1805 Larch St

  • Hot meal on intake
  • Carts stored

Dec 4 to 8
9:30pm (intake until 11:00pm)


Union Gospel Mission
601 East Hastings

  • Spaces for men will be made available if the regular 72 shelter beds become full

Dec 5 to 8
9:00pm to 6:00am


The Gathering Place
609 Helmcken St

  • Food and beverages in the evening and morning
  • Couples accommodated where possible

Dec 4 only
Midnight to 7:00am


First Baptist Church
969 Burrard St

  • Couples accommodated where possible

Dec 5 to 8
9:00pm to 7:00am


Catholic Charities
828 Cambie St

  • Men only
  • Food, showers, and laundry

Dec 4 to 8
4:00pm to 8:00am


Directions Youth Services Centre
1138 Burrard St at Hornby St

  • Youth only (24 years of age and under)
  • Mats provided after midnight
  • Pets accepted (up to 4 maximum)

Dec 4 to 8
10:00pm to 7:00am

15 youth

The Salvation Army Harbour Light
119 East Cordova St

  • Coffee and a snack in the morning

Dec 4 to 8
Back-up site opens only if the year-round site has sufficient overflow


The Salvation Army Belkin House
555 Homer St

  • Breakfast at 7:30am

Dec 5 to 8
Back-up site
11:00pm after other shelters fill

13 men
7 women