Cold Weather Advisory

The City of St. Catharines sets up a warming centre to welcome anyone who needs a place to keep warm and escape the winter weather elements during a current cold snap.

The City has designated Market Square at 91 King Street as the warming centre for 2021, a place where residents can go to warm up for the duration of the exceptionally cold temperatures.

Warming Centre

The warming centre will be available for the duration of an extreme cold weather alert during times when other local services, agencies and shelters, such as the Out of the Cold program, may not be available.

The warming centre will be open from Sunday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. 

The warming centre will not be open on Saturday's (due to the St. Catharines Farmers Market) however, Silver Spire United Church at 366 St. Paul Street is open on Saturday's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing hot meals, washrooms and showers. 

COVID-19 protocols are in effect at the warming centre including mandatory screening, mandatory face masks, hand sanitization and social distancing.

The City will monitor weather forecasts and extend the availability of warming centres as needed.

Stay warm and healthy

  • Residents are encouraged to check in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those who may be vulnerable to cold-weather related illnesses.
  • The health risks of exposure to exceptionally cold temperatures include frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Protect your health by staying inside heated buildings as much as possible.
  • If you need to go outside, wear appropriate clothing, cover as much exposed skin as possible and limit your time outside.
  • Learn more about the health risks due exceptionally cold temperatures from Niagara Region Public Health

Household Emergency Kit

Keep enough supplies stocked in your home to allow you and your family to survive for at least three days (72 hours).

Update your household emergency kit twice a year when changing your clocks. Your household emergency kit should include:

  • Battery-operated or crank radio, and extra batteries to receive the latest news during an emergency. Place batteries in reverse inside to conserve energy while not in use.
  • First Aid kit
  • Bottled water and food
  • Necessary prescriptions
  • Flashlights
  • List of emergency contact numbers (e.g. family, friends, neighbours)
  • Basic tools
  • For more on emergency preperation, including a full guide, visit the City's Emergency Preparedness page.

Some retailers and hardware stores even carry completed kits for purchase.

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