Montreal is opening new overflow shelters to help the city’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic…

A total of 350 new spots are an addition to the regular shelters in the city…

The city also said it has set up 24 sanitation huts, mostly in the downtown area, to give homeless people access to toilets and running water.

Organizations in Saskatchewan are concerned over what some of the province’s most vulnerable residents will do during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Jason Mercredi, the executive director of AIDS Saskatoon, said there needs to be a long-term plan for how to deal with those on income assistance and who are homeless.

“We’re quite worried about COVID entering the homeless population and when it does, it’s going to spread like wildfire because we don’t have systems in place or screening in place to deal with that as it comes up,” Mercredi said. “And we keep getting told, ‘Things are in the works, things are in the works.’ ”

Twenty-seven people who had been living in Victoria parks were moved into hotel rooms over the weekend in an effort to help a vulnerable population meet physical-distancing requirements.

Mayor Lisa Helps said in a news conference Monday that Island Health has told the city that COVID-19 will hit the unsheltered population at some point. “We’re buying some time right now,” Helps said.

The city secured 35 rooms last week through Emergency Management B.C. Eight more people were expected to move indoors and fill the remaining rooms Monday, Helps said.

The city has also identified an additional 40 rooms that are available, bringing the total up to 75.

Newmarket’s only seasonal homeless shelter will extend its overnight shelter program by one month as the near shutdown continues in the community to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Inn from the Cold will provide about four less beds due to public health recommendations around physical distancing and keeping a six-foot distance between guests as they sleep and dine, but it will still be able to offer up to 32 beds for men and women aged 16 and older until May 5.

The program, which begins every year in November, was scheduled to end April 5.

The North Bay YMCA will become the city’s new emergency homelessness shelter.

The main gymnasium, with access to bathrooms and showers, will be used to provide shelter 24-7, according to a media release issued by District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.

“This site will allow for a maximum of 40 people, including staff. As part of the COVID-19 protocols, there will be four staff and one security person on site for 24 hours, and entry will be permitted only to essential service providers and people using the site.”

It was a long, wet and cold day for the city’s homeless Sunday as the Main St. shelter closed. Police were on scene and assist the staff in closing the shelter and protecting them as requested. The decision to close was not initiated by the police.

The shelter can only take in eight people, and the overflow had to stand outside in the rain.

The City of Toronto has acquired hotels and residential buildings as part of it’s “integrated homelessness response to COVID-19,” Coun. Joe Cressy said on Sunday.

In a post of Twitter, Cressy said five hotels have been acquired with another five in the process of being secured. Two vacant rental buildings are also in the process of being acquired and 50 permanent housing units have been identified. He added that 19 households have secured permanent housing.

The latest acquisitions are in addition to the nine existing sites the city has already opened to facilitate social distancing within the shelter system.