In collaboration with the Durham Region Health Department and homelessness support agencies across our community, Durham Region implements a Winter Warming Plan to support unsheltered residents over the winter. The Durham Region Health Department issues Extreme Cold Weather Alerts when temperatures are forecasted to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, and/ or when the wind chill is forecasted to reach -20 degree Celsius or colder. When this alert is initiated, all housing-focused emergency shelters expand their services by adding additional mats/ cots and using hotel space as needed to ensure no one is turned away. Shelters also remain open during the day so that people can stay inside.

Winter Warming Centres

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Ajax - Christian Faith Outreach Centre (CFOC) Temporary Shelter
 The CFOC is open 24 hours/day Monday - Sunday (7 days/week)

Address: Sales Pavilion at Ajax Plaza – 27 Station St. (Southwest corner of Harwood Ave. S and Station St.)
Phone: 289-200-8209 or 905-619-2670
Criteria: Both men and women, no pets
Capacity: 25 beds
*CFOC will also add 8 additional warming spaces in their shelter location during extreme cold weather


North Durham – Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge
The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) Outreach Workers from Community Living Durham North will be coordinating hotel assistance directly for people residing in the North who cannot be accommodated through the housing-focused emergency shelters or overnight warming spaces. Their office line is 905-852-5919 and they can also be emailed at or

North House can provide transportation help (i.e., bus tickets, etc.) for people residing in the North to access housing-focused emergency shelters or overnight warming programs. They can be reached at 705-432-8654 or 1-877-406-8723. Offices are only open during business hours, Monday to Friday. If you need help after hours, you can contact the shelter program directly for assistance.


Oshawa - Back Door Mission – Mission United
Address: 66 Simcoe St. South
Sanctuary Space - Mon – Friday 10 am – 3 pm Access by Bagot St. Door
Criteria: Men and Women. Drop-In. Bag and coat check is required.

Oshawa - Do Unto Others (DUO)
Mon to Fri 6pm-8am
Sat, Sun & holidays noon-8 am (closed 8am to noon)
 446 Simcoe St. S., Unit D, Oshawa
Phone: 905-213-9580

Criteria: Men and women, pets allowed
Capacity: space for 20 people for warming (not beds)


Pickering - East Shore Community Centre
During Cold Weather Alerts open 10 pm - 7 am
Address:  910 Liverpool Road, Pickering
Phone: 905-619-2670


Whitby - Salvation Army
Address: 117 King St., Whitby (across from the Whitby Library)
Phone: 905-809-7168
Criteria: Both men and women, no pets
Capacity:10 beds
Daytime drop-in services will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.