Extreme cold weather warning this weekend in Oshawa, Ajax and the rest of Durham Region


Published January 14, 2022 at 10:20 am

Oh snap! The cold snap is back as the Durham Region Health Department has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert for that will be in effect from today all the way through to Monday morning.

During the extreme cold, residents are asked to:

  • Call vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are not experiencing any difficulties related to the weather and remember to check on pets.
  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities or limiting time outdoors during colder temperatures. If you do go outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin and stay dry.

If you see or know someone in need of immediate emergency shelter call 9-1-1 or visit the Region of Durham’s Emergency Shelters webpage. During severe weather conditions, emergency shelters may expand their services and the Homelessness Support System will alert unsheltered residents of extreme cold weather and help them take appropriate precautions.

More information on the Cold Weather Response protocol, warming centres and additional supports such as food banks is available on the Warming Calendar webpage.

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued by Durham Health when Environment Canada forecasts a temperature of minus 15 degrees Celsius or colder, and/or a wind chill of minus 20 degrees Celsius or colder.

In addition to emergency shelters for people on the By-Name List and the Co-Ordinated Access System, as well as victims of violence, Durham Region has four shelters – two in Ajax and two in Oshawa – that come available during extreme cold weather:

  • First Foundation of Hope – 253 Simcoe St, S Oshawa. Doors open at 10 pm and first come, first served
  • DUO Overnight Drop-In Centre – 454 Simcoe St. S, Oshawa. Doors open at midnight and it is also first come first served
  • CFOC Warming Area – 158 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax. Doors open at 9 pm. First come first served
  • Ajax Library – 55 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax. Doors open at 7 pm
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