The federal government has accepted the city’s request to temporarily make the Moss Park Armoury a winter respite centre, providing up to 100 new spaces for the city’s homeless.

The armoury will open Monday morning, Paul Raftis, head of the city’s shelter system, said on Friday evening, citing necessary preparation time.

“We need this weekend to be able to set up and to serve a hundred people at this location,” he told reporters.