Regional Updates

Stay up-to-date on relevant community alerts and media release updates across the Greater Victoria region.

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness. Officially launched April 1, 2019, the redesigned federal homelessness program is a continuation of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and will support the most vulnerable people in the Capital Region by improving access to safe, stable and affordable housing. Employment and Social Development Canada has awarded Reaching Home funding to the CRD to administer Reaching Home in the Greater Victoria community.

Last updated: November 4, 2020

Update on Coordinated Access and Assessment (CAA) for the Capital Region – December 7, 2020

To learn more about Coordinate Access and Assessment here: Coordinated Access and Assessment (CAA)

Last updated: December 7, 2020

Point-in-Time Homeless Count

On the night of March 11, 2020, and throughout the following day, the Community Social Planning Council, with support from the Capital Regional District, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and many volunteers, will conduct the bi-annual Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count and Survey.

PiT Count 2020 – General Info sheet

Volunteers needed: 

Training sessions will be held on weekend and weekday evenings.

For a direct link to volunteer registrations and to sign up for a training session click here:

Extreme Heat Warning – June 25, 2021

Summer has arrived with a vengeance in southern BC, with anticipated temperatures in excess of 29°C over several days. This has triggered extreme heat warnings in the region, anticipated to be in effect through to early next week. It’s important to stay cool and as hydrated as possible to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Click to find an information sheet that has some tips and resources to help people navigate the extreme warm weather – feel free to distribute to your network: Extreme Heat Handout.

Emergency Weather Indoor Shelter Locations Update – February 6th – February 17th

On February 6th, Environment Canada issued a special cold weather alert for Victoria, BC. An Arctic front is here with temperatures below zero all week. Snow is predicted. Please find below a list of current emergency indoor shelters, warming tents and drop-in spaces available to provide respite from the cold weather for people experiencing homelessness. This list will be updated regularly.

Find the latest updates here: Emergency Weather Indoor Shelter Locations

March 29, 2021 Update

Move in Strategy: Homeless-Serving Sector Role and Responsibilities 

The purpose of the Move in Strategy: Homeless-Serving Sector Role and Responsibilities is to share the collaborative roles and responsibilities of BC Housing and its contractors and funded outreach agencies, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, and the City of Victoria during the transition of securing indoor sheltering options for individuals currently experiencing homelessness and sheltering in parks by April 30, 2021, as a pathway to permanent housing by the Provincial Government.

Move in Strategy: Homeless-Serving Sector Role and Responsibilities

Greater Victoria — Park Sheltering Move-in Strategy

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 for online emotional support.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit