Cold Alert

When Halton Region issues a cold alert some town facilities are available for use as warming centres. 

To confirm that there is a cold alert in effect for Halton Region please visit the Government of Canada's Weather Office website.

Warming centre locations

Recreation and cultural facilities

All of the town's recreation and cultural facilities will remain open as warming centres during regular business hours on days when Halton Region issues a Cold Alert.

Oakville Public Library branches

Library branches will remain open as warming centres during regular operating hours.

Being prepared for the cold

  • 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.