City of Regina Warming Bus to Resume Operating Seven Nights a Week
Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday, December 8, a Regina Transit overnight warming bus will be available seven nights a week. The warming bus is being provided in response to a critical shortage of overnight warming spaces, as cold temperatures pose a life-threatening risk to those who sleep outdoors. It will remain in operation until the number of available indoor overnight warming spaces is sufficient to provide warmth to all those in need.
Recently, the City of Regina overnight warming bus service had been suspended as a new overnight warming centre received federal funding to open its doors. The new warming space is at capacity, and the City warming bus is being reactivated to support the outstanding need in our community.
The warming bus will operate nightly from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. The bus will be made available at several locations in the downtown area following this schedule:
The warming bus will visit each of the below locations during the times indicated:
Warming bus locations and times may be subject to change in response to need. Changes will be shared directly with community-based organizations, and online at Regina.ca/warmingbus
Appropriate measures will be in place to protect the health and safety of those using and operating the warming bus. Regina Fire and Protective Services will conduct regular wellness checks. A community support worker from Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services (RT/SIS) will attend the bus at various times, and a bus operator and/or a security officer will be on board at all times.
The City of Regina remains committed to the safety of all residents, and to continued collaboration with the community and other levels of government to address the needs of our most vulnerable residents.
As part of its Cold Weather Strategy, the City of Regina supports the Mobile Crisis Helpline. During periods of extreme cold, if someone is facing a life-threatening emergency, call 911. If you are in need of support or seeking shelter, call 306-757-0127 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or find them online at mobilecrisis.ca.