City of Burnaby activates Temporary Emergency Warming Centre during extreme winter weather

With extremely cold weather in the forecast, the City of Burnaby is opening a Temporary Emergency Warming Centre at the Bonsor Recreation Complex beginning the evening of Friday, December 24.

It will operate 8:30 pm to 8:00 am daily until the extreme cold has passed and will be open to the public for those in need.

Bonsor Recreation Complex is located at 6550 Bonsor Avenue in the Metrotown neighbourhood and was chosen for this service because it is centrally located, close to transit and other amenities.

This warming centre will complement existing homeless services available in Burnaby, which include:

  • Douglas Shelter—2294 Douglas Road
  • Emergency Response Centre—3680 Sperling Avenue
  • Extreme weather shelters—Southside Community Church, 7135 Walker Avenue (Open the 1st to the 15th of the month), and Westminster Bible Chapel, 7540 6th Street (Open 16th to end of the month)

During the 2021/2022 winter season, the City of Burnaby’s Temporary Emergency Warming Centre will open when an extreme winter weather event is forecasted and demand is expected to exceed capacity at the existing facilities in the city.

By opening this facility, the City is following through on the recommendations included in HOME: Burnaby’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy. The strategy, approved by council on December 6, 2021, includes a series of recommendations for preventing pathways into homelessness, supporting pathways out of homelessness, and supporting homeless-serving partners in Burnaby.

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