Beds in a temporary shelter

Shelters and winter response strategy

There are various types of shelters in Vancouver – from permanent, purpose-built shelters, to temporary shelters, to spaces opened only during extreme weather.

We activate warming centres when the temperature drops below -4°C or it feels like -4°C.

Shelter types

Questions about shelter services

For questions about shelters, warming centres, or extreme weather responses, email or phone 604-673-8443.

Donating to shelters

Contact the appropriate shelter provider by emailing