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Montreal's overnight emergency shelters to remain open as thousands remain without power


The City of Montreal and surrounding municipalities opened overnight emergency shelters as thousands of residents spend a fifth night without electricity following Wednesday's ice storm.

The shelters are being operated by the Red Cross for people to spend the night.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante confirmed on Twitter that shelters in the city would stay open Sunday night. They all have heat and internet access, with some offering shower facilities.

On Thursday night, around 30 to 40 people (15 families) took refuge in the shelters, according to the Red Cross. On Friday night, that number rose to 129 people with most of those in Pierrefonds (24 people).

Here are where the temporary shelters are located:


  • 4880 Van-Horne Avenue, Centre sportif de Côte-des-Neiges in CDN-NDG
  • 3000 Viau Street, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau in Mercier–Hochelaga- Maisonneuve (ouvert 24 h sur 24)
  • 6445 Monkland Avenue, Centre sportif de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in CDN-NDG
  • 4501 Bannantyne Avenue , Centre communautaire Marcel-Giroux in Verdun
  • 8455 Pré-Laurin Street, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - annexe in Saint-Léonard
  • 3001 Louvain Street East, Centre Lasallien (centre communautaire) in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
  • 13800 Pierrefonds Boulevard, École secondaire communautaire de Pierrefonds in Pierrefonds-Roxboro
  • 1974 City Lane., recreation centre in Beaconsfield


  • 455 Lausanne Street, Centre communautaire Regent-Martimbeau (Lausanne)
  • 435 Cure-Labelle Boulevard South, Axion 50 plus

LISTEN on CJAD 800 Radio: Montreal has set up 6 overnight emergency shelters across the island

Earlier on Thursday, many municipalities and boroughs in the Montreal region opened community centres for citizens to charge their electronic devices and stay warm during the power outages caused by Wednesday's ice storm.

The following municipalities and boroughs posted on social media that the following centres, libraries and other spaces are open. To verify if a centre remains open, visit the borough's page.

The City of Montreal's 311 line suggests contacting boroughs directly to determine if a municipal office is open or not. 


  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville: Cartierville Library, Ahuntsic Library, Centre des loisirs Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens.
  • Anjou: Anjou Community Centre, Roger-Rousseau Centre, Town Hall basement.
  • LaSalle: Borough mayor office, Carrefour Recreation and Community Centre of LaSalle.
  • Lachine: Salon A of Brewer House (from noon to 10 p.m.), Saint-Pierre Library.
  • Plateau-Mont-Royal: All facilities EXCEPT the Centre Plateau Pool, Access Montreal Office.
  • Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Maisonneuve Library, Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Hochelaga Library, Langelier Library, Saint-Donat Arena, Clement-Jette Arena
  • Montreal North: Cultural and Community House, North Montreal Recreation Centre, Yves-Ryan Library
  • Outremont: Intergenerational Community Centre, the arena and Public Safety.
  • Pierrefonds-Roxboro: Pierrefonds Library (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday)
  • RDP-PAT: Centre Aquatique de RDP, Centre recreatif de RDP.
  • Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie: Etienne-Desmarteau Centre, Pere-Marquette Centre, Marc-Favreau Library.
  • Saint-Leonard: Coubertin Pavillion, Delorme Pavillion, Giuseppe-Garibaldi Pavillion, Ladauversiere Pavillion.
  • Verdun: Ile des Soeurs Library, Marcel-Giroux Community Centre, Elgar Community Centre, Verdun Auditorium, Quai 5160, Le centre Enfance famille
  • Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension: Saint-Michel Arena, Howie-Morenz Arena, Rene-Goupil Pool.


  • Beauharnois: City Hall council room.
  • Candiac: Romeo-V complex, Library.
  • Chateauguay: Georges P.-Vanier Cultural Centre.
  • Dorval: The CCSD (Centre Communautaire Sarto-Desnoyers) and CACS community centres
  • Hampstead: Irving I. Adessky Community Centre.
  • Hudson: Hudson Community Centre open with coffee and food.
  • Ile-Perrot: Community Centre, Michel-Martin Chalet (for showers).
  • Laval: Neighbourhood libraries or shopping centres.
  • Lavaltrie: City Hall.
  • Mascouche: Grand-Coteau pavilion, IexWater Complex Desjardins.
  • Mercier: Roger Tougas Community Centre, Mercier Library.
  • Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot: The Carrefour Notre-Dame (hot meal served at 4 p.m.).
  • Pincourt: The Omni-Centre.
  • Pointe-Claire: Bob-Birnie Arena and local library.
  • Repentigny: Centre Laurent-Venne and Jacques-Dupuis Aquatic Centre.
  • Rosemere: Community centre and library.
  • Saint-Amable: City Hall (Simon Lacoste Room) and Library de Saint-Amable.
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: Aumais Park Chalet and City Hall.
  • Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines: Jean-Guy Cardinal Centre.
  • Saint-Colomban: Saint-Colomban Library.
  • Saint-Joseph-du-Lac: Municipal Hall.
  • Sainte-Julie: Public Library de Sainte-Julie.
  • Saint-Lazare: St. Angelica Room at City Hall.
  • Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac: Laurent-Savage Community Centre and Library.
  • Westmount: Victoria Hall and Westmount Leisure Centre.

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Update @ 10 p.m.: A previous version of this story reported the inaccurate location of the emergency shelter in Saint-Leonard. The City of Montreal has clarified that the shelter is, in fact, located at 8455 rue du Pré-Laurin. Top Stories

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