The City of Grande Prairie announced Tuesday the active dismantling of “tent city” and began redirecting occupants to a temporary transition site, the Rotary House and other housing options.

Housing and Homeless Initiative Supervisor Katherine Schmitt said the transition site, adjacent to city hall, will be in operation until Oct. 2. As of then, temporary site operations would also be dismantled.

“By Oct. 1, not only will there be a day engagement space, but there will also be an alternative site for when the shelter gets full for nights,” said Schmitt.

She also said a winter emergency response plan would be rolled out the same day.

The city hopes to send a message to anyone currently tenting they don’t need to continue camping outside and another fenced-off space is available for them.