With nightly low temperatures expected to hover between -20 degrees Celsius to nearly -40 degrees Celsius over the coming days, The City of Airdrie has announced its extreme cold weather supports and resources for residents experiencing vulnerability.

Unsheltered residents of Airdrie are encouraged to utilize the following supports and resources.

Warming spaces

"These community spaces will be open to welcome anyone in the community needing a warm and safe place during their regular business hours in the upcoming extreme cold weather conditions."

  • Airdrie Public Library: The library is open seven days a week. 
    Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Genesis Place: Genesis Place is open seven days a week. 
    Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Weekends: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Airdrie Transit

"The City of Airdrie Transit will ensure that during this extreme cold weather event, all residents anywhere along their transit routes remain safe and be provided transportation options to access various programs and services or other warm, safe environments."

Residents are encouraged to check bus routes online.  

In its last City Council meeting in 2023, council discussed the next steps forward in responding to homelessness in Airdrie

As part of its response, the city has commissioned a homelessness study in the city to have a more comprehensive understanding of, 'the vulnerable and unsheltered population in the community and options for moving forward.'

However, in its more immediate response, the city added that last month they had met with 15 community stakeholders that represent 10 community social serving organizations to discuss and develop policies around extreme cold weather events.

"Additionally, the administration is meeting with representatives from key city departments to discuss the short-term action. While the short-term action just described steps towards helping to protect the health and safety of unsheltered individuals, it does not solve the issue of homelessness in Airdrie," city officials previously stated.

Currently, Airdrie does not have a 24-hour emergency shelter or other social housing programs, such as the ones that provide services to the unhoused and vulnerable populations in Calgary. 

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