London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
Each winter, London experiences periods of extreme cold. The Middlesex-London Health Unit issues cold alerts in the following conditions, when one or more of these criteria are met:
When a cold alert is issued, the City of London will initiate our extreme temperature protocol, which may include opening warming centre for residents who require temporary shelter from the cold.
Hours and locations of warming centres will be updated here when a cold alert is issued. Please note that no special programming is provided at warming centres and the hours of operation may vary.
For extreme cold weather information and tips to avoid the risks of cold-related illness, please visit https://www.healthunit.com/extreme-cold
During an extreme weather alert, the South London Community Centre may be open as a warming centre between 11 am-7 pm.
The South London Community Centre is located at 1119 Jalna Boulevard.
Please Note: This location is currently closed to the public and will only be open to serve as a warming centre when required.
In additional to the City's warming centres, our community partners are a huge support for Londoners during cold weather alerts. Learn more about where and how to access these services below.
Please note that these services' operational hours may change.
Coordinated Informed Response: As part of the this team's ongoing outreach, they will offer refreshments, snacks and warm clothing (socks, mitts, coats, blankets etc.) where needed. Learn more about the work this team does by visiting the Coordinated Informed Response page.
London Public Library Central Branch: The Central Branch of the London Public Library offers time-limited warming spaces and washroom access for up to five individuals at a time. Currently, their hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Individuals should see security at the front doors.
Youth Action Centre: The Youth Action Centre will provide drop-in for warming and basic needs including food and washroom access during a cold weather alert.
Atlohsa Family Healing Centre: Atlohsa will provide drop-in access for individuals meeting with staff.
The Ark Aid Street Mission: The Ark Aid Street Mission will provide basic needs including food and washroom access during a cold weather alert. As will they offer overnight warming space on Saturday, February 20 at the Hamilton Road Senior Centre located at 525 Hamilton Road. Spaces are offered nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Phone: 519-661-5758
My Sisters Place: My Sisters Place will offer take-out services including blankets, warm winter gear and food during a cold weather alert.
London Intercommunity Health Centre: The London Intercommunity Health Centre will provide basic needs including food, harm reduction equipment, hygiene supplies and clothing.