Weather response shelters opening for winter season


November 4, 2021

VICTORIA - People in need of a warm, safe place to stay during the cold and wet winter months will have access to additional emergency shelter spaces.

This winter, the Province is providing more than 1,900 temporary shelter spaces and nearly 360 extreme weather response shelter spaces to ensure people experiencing homelessness have a warm place to sleep and can get out of the cold and rain. These emergency shelters supplement more than 2,250 permanent year-round shelter spaces open throughout B.C.

The temporary shelters will be open every night during the season, many of them around the clock, with meals provided. Some have already opened, with more opening in November and later this season.

The extreme weather response shelters, which typically open each year from Nov. 1 until March 31, are available overnight when a community issues an extreme weather alert. This year, the Province gave non-profit groups access to funding as early as Oct. 1 to allow shelters to open in communities already experiencing extreme weather.

Communities outline what weather conditions warrant an extreme weather alert and determine the number of extreme weather spaces to activate on any night, depending on the capacity of existing shelters and the estimated need.

These emergency shelter programs are made possible through partnerships with communities and non-profit groups throughout the province to provide temporary, but immediate, places to stay for anyone who is experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

More shelters may be added throughout the winter when needed.

In addition to these shelters, BC Housing has partnered with health authorities, municipalities and other housing partners to secure more than 1,900 additional spaces in 43 communities, where people experiencing homelessness can self-isolate and recover from COVID-19.

Learn More:

To learn more about the Province's emergency shelter program, visit: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/homelessness-services/emergency-shelter-program

To see a map of permanent and temporary shelters in B.C., visit: https://smap.bchousing.org/

Two backgrounders follow.

Contacts:

Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing
Media Relations
778 678-1572

BC Housing
Media Relations
media@bchousing.org

 

BACKGROUNDER 1

Temporary shelter locations

 

The following locations will offer temporary shelter space throughout the winter season.

More temporary shelters may be added throughout the season. Updates to this list can be found here: smap.bchousing.org

100 Mile House

  • 555B South Cedar Ave. - 10 spaces

Abbotsford

  • 1661 McCallum Rd. - 15 spaces
  • 2616 Ware St. - 12 spaces
  • 2317 McKenzie Rd. - 6 spaces
  • 1640 Riverside Rd. - 30 spaces
  • 1670 Riverside Rd. - 4 spaces
  • 33264 Old Yale Rd. - 5 spaces

Burnaby

  • 2294 Douglas Rd. - 26 spaces

Campbell River

  • 1221 Cedar St. - 20 spaces

Chilliwack

  • 46130 Margaret Ave. - 26 spaces
  • 45845 Wellington Ave. - 12 spaces
  • 46293 Yale Rd. - 48 spaces

Coquitlam

  • 3030 Gordon Ave. - 10 spaces

Courtenay

  • 685 Cliff Ave. - 10 spaces
  • 632 Pidcock Ave. - 12 spaces

Cranbrook

  • 1417 Cranbrook St. N. - 45 spaces

Duncan

  • 602-222 Cowichan Way - 10 spaces

Fort St. James

  • 375 Stuart Dr. E. - 12 spaces

Fort St. John

  • 9824 99 Ave. - 26 spaces

Grand Forks

  • 2320 78th Ave. - 15 spaces

Kamloops

  • 181 Victoria St. W. - 20 spaces
  • 740 Victoria St. (Memorial Arena) - 50 spaces

Kelowna

  • 550 Doyle Ave. - 50 spaces
  • 425 Leon Ave. - 64 spaces
  • 1083 Richter St. - 38 spaces

Kitimat

  • 480 City Centre - 4 spaces

Ladysmith

  • 440 1st Ave. - 10 spaces

Langley

  • 5787 Langley Bypass - 30 spaces

Maple Ridge

  • 22188 Lougheed Hwy. - 30 spaces
  • 22239 Lougheed Hwy. - 25 spaces

Merritt

  • 2350 Voght St. - 17 spaces

Mission

  • 32550 Logan Ave. - 6 spaces

Nanaimo

  • 595 Townsite Rd. - 24 spaces

Penticton

  • 352 Winnipeg St. - 42 spaces

Port Alberni

  • 3978 8th Ave. - 20 spaces
  • 3939 8th Ave. - 15 spaces

Port Hardy

  • 8635 Granville St. - 10 spaces

Prince George

  • 1151 2nd Ave. - 30 spaces
  • 144 George St. - 10 spaces
  • 140 Quebec St. - 15 spaces

Prince Rupert

  • 1080 3rd Ave. W. - 35 spaces

Quesnel

  • 146 Carson Ave. - 10 spaces

Salmon Arm

  • 551 Trans Canada Hwy. - 21 spaces

Salt Spring Island

  • 268 Fulford-Ganges Rd. - 17 spaces

Sechelt

  • 5653 Wharf Ave. - 11 spaces

Sooke

  • 2197 Otter Point Rd. - 20 spaces

Surrey

  • 10275 City Pwy. - 48 spaces
  • 10731 City Pwy. - 44 spaces
  • 10776 King George Blvd. - 30 spaces
  • 10607 King George Blvd. - 25 spaces
  • 14716 104 Ave. - 24 spaces
  • 10667 135A St. - 20 spaces
  • 14716 104 Ave. - 6 spaces

Terrace

  • 2812 Hall St. - 3 spaces
  • 4444 Lakelse Ave. - 20 spaces

Trail

  • 1458 Bay Ave. - 18 spaces

Vancouver

  • 340 Alexander St. - 23 spaces
  • 342 Alexander St. - 21 spaces
  • 265 Hastings St. E. - 32 spaces
  • 398 Powell St. - 10 spaces
  • 1401 Hornby St. - 40 spaces
  • 1648 East 1st Ave. - 40 spaces
  • 875 Terminal Ave. - 60 spaces
  • 1138 Burrard St. - 12 spaces
  • 609 Helmcken St. - 20 spaces
  • 134 East Cordova St. - 26 spaces
  • 119 E Cordova St. - 18 spaces
  • 1056 Comox St. - 16 spaces
  • 1060 Howe St. - 40 spaces
  • 15 Hastings St. W. - 59 spaces
  • 131 Dunlevy Ave. - 16 spaces

Victoria

  • 225 Russell St. - 60 spaces
  • 755 Pandora Ave. - 20 spaces
  • 2915 Douglas St. - 29 spaces
  • 932 Balmoral Rd. - 36 spaces
  • 1240 Yates St. - 48 spaces
  • 1450 Elford St. - 25 spaces
  • 535 Ellice St. - 23 spaces

West Kelowna

  • 2545 Churchill Rd. - 15 spaces
  • 2515 Bartley Rd. - 38 spaces

 

Contacts:

Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing
Media Relations
778 678-1572

BC Housing
Media Relations
media@bchousing.org

 

BACKGROUNDER 2

Extreme weather response shelter locations

 

The following locations will offer temporary shelter space when an extreme weather alert is activated.

More extreme weather response shelters may be added throughout the season. Updates to this list can be found here: smap.bchousing.org

Abbotsford

  • 2317 McKenzie Rd. - 3 spaces
  • 2884 Gladys Ave. - 30 spaces

Burnaby

  • 7135 Walker Ave. - 12 spaces
  • 7540 6th St. - 10 spaces

Courtenay

  • 685 Cliff Ave. - 10 spaces

Delta

  • 4960 48 Ave. - 5 spaces

Duncan

  • 2579 Lewis St. - 8 spaces

Hope

  • 670 Old Hope Princeton Hwy. - 6 spaces

Lillooet

  • 76 5th Ave. - 12 spaces

Maple Ridge

  • 22188 Lougheed Hwy. - 15 spaces

Mission

  • 32646 Logan Ave. - 10 spaces

North Vancouver

  • 225 East 2nd St. - 12 spaces
  • 705 West 2nd St. - 10 spaces

Port Alberni

  • 3978 8th Ave. - 8 spaces

Port Moody

  • 125 Kyle St. - 15 spaces

Squamish

  • 37871 Third Ave. - 10 spaces

Surrey

  • 5337 180 St. - 15 spaces
  • 9165 160 St. - 14 spaces
  • 10453 Whalley Blvd. - 6 spaces
  • 2350 148 St. - 20 spaces
  • 13327 100A Ave. - 6 spaces

Terrace

  • 4523 Olson Ave. - 20 spaces

Vancouver

  • 1138 Burrard St. - 7 spaces
  • 11 10th Ave. W. - 10 spaces
  • 3833 Boundary Rd. - 10 spaces
  • 282 49th Ave. W. - 20 spaces

Victoria

  • 1240 Yates St. - 10 spaces

 

Contacts:

Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing
Media Relations
778 678-1572

BC Housing
Media Relations
media@bchousing.org