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Warming Centres

Beresford Street Warming Centre Remains Open

The warming centre at 5970 Beresford Street continues to operate daily from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM until further notice. As of March 31, 2019, the three other warming centres have ended operations now that the winter months have passed.

To help ensure the safety of all Burnaby citizens during winter months, Burnaby City Council passed a motion on November 26, 2018, to provide warming centres at various locations throughout the City.

What is a warming centre?

In Burnaby, warming centres will provides a safe, warm place in which people can take refuge in the evening and overnight during the winter months. Warming centres will be staffed by City employees and will have security personnel on site.

What do Burnaby’s warming centres provide?

  • basic shelter for the night
  • washroom facilities
  • mats
  • tables and chairs
  • hot beverages and snacks
  • space for people's belongings
  • pets welcome, as long as the pets are not causing a disturbance or deemed by staff to be putting people at risk of harm
  • accessibility (near transit)

Where are the Burnaby warming centres located?

Warming centres are located in convenient locations near transit and other services.

During the winter of 2018-2019, four locations were in operation at:

  • Swangard Stadium's Hospitality Room
  • Kensington Pitch and Putt Fieldhouse
  • South Central Youth Centre
  • City Operations Centre at 5970 Beresford Street
    Note: this location continues to operate daily from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM until further notice.


Donations of winter clothing for people in need in Burnaby are welcomed on Thursday mornings, from 9-11 AM at the Outreach Resource Centre at Southside Community Church at 7135 Walker Avenue. Those who have large donations can call the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby at 604-200-0712 to make arrangements.

Monetary donations are welcomed online »

Warming Centre Blankets

Mayor Hurley together with Councillor Keithley, Councillor Wang and Councillor McDonell receive a donation of 100 blankets from the Vancouver International Volunteer Association for the City's four warming centres.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require additional information about warming centres, please contact the City Hall Information Desk at 604-294-7944.

Extreme Weather Response Shelter

Lookout Housing and Health Society operates an Extreme Weather Response Shelter in Burnaby that opens during local extreme weather alerts.

Main location: Westminster Bible Chapel, 7540 6th Street
Backup location: Burnaby Alliance Church, 8611 Armstrong Avenue