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If you come to Canada and you have nowhere to stay, or if you have lost your housing for any reason, you might need to seek housing in an emergency shelter.

Emergency shelters have many people living together. Common areas including kitchen, dining area, and sometimes, bathrooms are shared with others. At an emergency shelter you will receive the basic necessities, such as a place to sleep, shower, do laundry, get clothing, and eat or get money for food. Emergency shelters are short-term. Some emergency shelters have staff that can help you find a long-term housing option.

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If you are in Toronto, visit the City of Toronto website or call Central Intake to find emergency shelter. Central Intake is a 24/7 telephone service that helps people find a bed or a room in an emergency shelter. The number to call Central Intake is 1-877-338-3398

Depending on your age and if you are on your own or with a family, Central Intake will look for a bed for you in either a family shelter, a shelter for single women, a shelter for single men, or a shelter for youth 16 years and older.


Elsewhere in Ontario, call 311 and ask for an emergency shelter in your area.

If you are looking for shelters specifically for refugee claimants throughout Ontario:
Go to this website, which provides a list of refugee houses in different cities that you can contact directly.