Brantford Activates Emergency Shelter Plan


UPDATE: The City of Brantford’s emergency shelter plan was lifted Saturday morning, however, the process continues to finalizing plans to carry through the remainder of the remainder of the winter season.

In response the sudden blast of winter weather last week, coupled with homeless shelters bursting at the seams, Brantford activated an emergency shelter plan and opened a winter warming station at the Beckett Building on Colborne Street.


The first major snowfall in Southern Ontario came in like a lion Monday, November 11th, placing many communities across the region under advisories, and resulting in many motor vehicle collisions across the province.

In a statement released by the city, they say over the first four evenings, 38 people resided in the emergency shelter and an additional 4 used the facility as a warming centre but did not sleep there.

A Special City Council meeting has been scheduled for this Tuesday, November 19th to consider a Social Assistance & Homelessness Programs staff report regarding the temporary shelter plan.

Emergency shelter services were in operation at the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre at 219 Colborne Street (across from the Health and Human Services Department) from 8PM to 7AM daily during the week of November 11th.