Extreme Weather Response

The Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Response Plan is a strategy for coordinating the region’s overnight shelters in the event of extreme and/or dangerous weather conditions. This plan activates shelter spaces to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. It documents the framework for extending resources to provide safe, warm spaces, and incorporates the developments of previous year’s protocols.

*All EWR sites open dependent on staff availability

Salvation Army ARC 

525 Johnson Street

Capacity – 30

Hours – 8:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.

Pets & Shopping Carts not allowed

Soup provided from 8:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. (or until it runs out).

City of Victoria Warming Centres 

James Bay United Church, 511 Michigan Street

Capacity – 30

Daytime hours – 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Nighttime hours – Posted when activated

Pets allowed – yes (if well behaved)

Wheelchair accessible – yes

The Sanctuary Youth Drop in Centre, 767 Humboldt St

Capacity – 15

Daytime hours – 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Nighttime hours – Posted when activated

Pets allowed – yes, preferably on leash, must be well behaved

Wheelchair accessible – No

Age restrictions – 14 to 20 years old

Sooke Shelter Society 

6750 West Coast Sooke Road, Sooke

Capacity – 5

Hours – 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Pets & Shopping Carts allowed

Meals and snacks provided

As defined by the Assistance to Shelter Act [SBC 2009] Chapter 32:

  1. Assessment if person is at risk : A police officer may assess whether a person is a person at risk.

(2) In an assessment under subsection (1), a police officer must consider whether all of the following apply:

(a)the person is in the geographical area to which the extreme weather alert applies;

(b)the person is, or reasonably appears to be, 19 years of age or older;

(c)the person, in the opinion of the police officer, is suffering physical harm or is at risk of suffering physical harm because of the extreme weather conditions;

(d)any other prescribed considerations.

  1. Request to go to emergency shelter or accommodation:

(1) If a police officer has made an assessment under section 5 that a person is a person at risk, the police officer may request the person at risk to choose to

(a) accompany the police officer to an emergency shelter, or

(b) go unaccompanied to

(I) an emergency shelter, or

(ii)any other accommodation that would protect the person at risk from the extreme weather conditions.

(2) For purposes of subsection (1) (b) (ii), the accommodation must be accommodation

(a) to which the person at risk can secure entry,

(b) in which the person at risk is entitled or permitted to reside,

(c) that is a structure, vehicle or vessel primarily designed to be used as living quarters and provides protection from physical harm or risk of physical harm due to extreme weather conditions, and

(d)that meets any other prescribed conditions.

Visit bclaws.gov.bc.ca for a full description of the Assistance to Shelter Act.

In Crisis?:

If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca