Saanich – Mount Tolmie Hospital

An illustration of a building, with a large "shelter sign," in the midst of a bustling neighbourhood.


BC Housing and PHS Community Services Society will be opening a temporary shelter with approximately 45 beds for people experiencing homelessness in Mount Tolmie Hospital at 3690 Richmond Road in Saanich.

Mount Tolmie Hospital will provide a safe and secure place to stay for the existing shelter guests of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Emergency Response Centre; relocation is required due to the expiration of the current arena lease in mid-June.

Temporary Shelter

Due to the high number of people experiencing homelessness, existing shelters are at or near capacity on a nightly basis. COVID-19 pandemic has put an increased strain on shelters with them having to lower capacity limits. Mount Tolmie Hospital is part of a long-term strategy to create supportive housing in the Capital region. The site will be used as a temporary supported shelter for the next 12 months, while permanent supportive housing in is being developed in the Capital region.

There will be staff on-site 24 hours a day to provide important supports such as life skills training, wellness checks and other health and skills programs. Shelter guests will have access to meal services, storage, and facilities, with staff working with individuals to meet their basic needs and support them in a pathway to permanent supportive housing.

Relocation

Mount Tolmie Hospital will used to support the people currently occupying the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre arena floor. The arena is no longer available to BC Housing as a temporary shelter, as it will be used to host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament starting June 29.

PHS Community Services Society operate the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Emergency Response Centre and will continue to work with BC Housing as shelter guests move to Mount Tolmie Hospital. The shelter guests have been successfully located at the arena for many months. This continuity of staffing will minimize disruption to the existing residents, many of whom have been living together for some time without issue and have developed a strong sense of community.

Community Engagement

We understand it is important for you to be informed about the plan for this site. We welcome questions and comments below in the Q&A or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org


BC Housing and PHS Community Services Society will be opening a temporary shelter with approximately 45 beds for people experiencing homelessness in Mount Tolmie Hospital at 3690 Richmond Road in Saanich.

Mount Tolmie Hospital will provide a safe and secure place to stay for the existing shelter guests of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Emergency Response Centre; relocation is required due to the expiration of the current arena lease in mid-June.

Temporary Shelter

Due to the high number of people experiencing homelessness, existing shelters are at or near capacity on a nightly basis. COVID-19 pandemic has put an increased strain on shelters with them having to lower capacity limits. Mount Tolmie Hospital is part of a long-term strategy to create supportive housing in the Capital region. The site will be used as a temporary supported shelter for the next 12 months, while permanent supportive housing in is being developed in the Capital region.

There will be staff on-site 24 hours a day to provide important supports such as life skills training, wellness checks and other health and skills programs. Shelter guests will have access to meal services, storage, and facilities, with staff working with individuals to meet their basic needs and support them in a pathway to permanent supportive housing.

Relocation

Mount Tolmie Hospital will used to support the people currently occupying the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre arena floor. The arena is no longer available to BC Housing as a temporary shelter, as it will be used to host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament starting June 29.

PHS Community Services Society operate the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Emergency Response Centre and will continue to work with BC Housing as shelter guests move to Mount Tolmie Hospital. The shelter guests have been successfully located at the arena for many months. This continuity of staffing will minimize disruption to the existing residents, many of whom have been living together for some time without issue and have developed a strong sense of community.

Community Engagement

We understand it is important for you to be informed about the plan for this site. We welcome questions and comments below in the Q&A or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org

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