Cold Alert

When Halton Region issues a cold alert many town facilities are available for use as warming centres. The Town of Oakville urges its residents to take the necessary precautions to limit outdoor activity and keep warm at one of our facilities.

To confirm that there is still a cold alert in effect for Halton Region — especially if you are viewing this page on a weekend or statutory holiday — please visit the Government of Canada's Weather Office website.

Warming centre locations and hours of operation

Trafalgar Park Community Centre

Trafalgar Park Community Centre will remain open as a warming centre throughout the holidays (December 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Starting January 4, 2021, it will be open only on days where Halton Region issues a Cold Alert.

Warming centre public health safety measures:

  • 10 person capacity.
  • Visitors, please line up outside of the facility and wait for staff to screen anybody entering the facility.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others. (excluding members of the same household).
  • Wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin.
  • Each person will be allocated a space that is physically distanced from others
  • Access to washrooms and WiFi permitted

During a cold alert

During cold alerts and cold weather, the following is recommended:

  • Dress appropriately when going outside - frostbite can occur within minutes.
  • Cover exposed skin using multiple layers of loose-fitting clothes with a wind-resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet.
  • Drink warm fluids – but NO alcohol or caffeinated beverages, as they cause your body to lose heat faster.
  • Keep moving – especially your hands and feet.
  • Take shelter from the wind to reduce wind chill exposure.
  • Keep your vehicle well-maintained.
  • Prepare emergency kits for your home and car.
  • Always be on the lookout for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Plan ahead and check the weather forecast!

For more information about cold alerts, visit the Halton Region website.