This is an interim summary of an information-gathering and mapping project by staff at the MAP research centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, which is a site of Unity Health Toronto.
Our goal is to explore the loss of access to specific types of indoor public space during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to examine the City of Toronto’s “Winter Plan for People Experiencing Homelessness” to see if it addresses these losses. Previous research from our centre demonstrates that while extreme cold temperatures put people at higher risk of hypothermia, most cases of injury and death due to cold occur in moderate winter weather.
We will finish the project in January 2021. Due to the urgency of this situation, we wanted to share what we have learned so far.