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In a statement, the city said its emergency homeless systems had been instructed not to turn anyone away from shelters or warming centers during the extreme cold.
The city said warming centers would be open 24 hours a day.
On Friday night, in response to the freezing weather, Toronto added 430 places to the shelter system. The city said that came on top of the 9,000 places already available.
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Warming centers in the City of Toronto and the Mitchell Field Community Center were at capacity, the city said. Spaces were available at the Scarborough Civic Center.
The city said, “Anyone who showed up to the warming center, which was full, was welcomed while crews worked to provide transportation to one of the city’s temporary contingency locations at shelters across the city.” “
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“As of 4 a.m., temporary contingency positions were not filled and the shelter system remained in place.”
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