The Toronto Shelter Network held its Fourth Annual Conference on October 25, 2018 at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus. The conference this year focused on a number of important issues facing the Toronto shelter system in a time of extreme growth and change. Some of these issues included assisting refugee clients though the claimant process, harm reduction, and working with an aging population in the system. We were also fortunate enough to have Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan speak to us about Canada’s first National Housing Strategy and what it means for the shelter system. There was a record number of attendees this year, with nearly 180 shelter workers in attendance. If you have any questions or feedback related to this years conference, please reach out to lindsaymaeparsons@gmail.com.

Conference Agenda


The Toronto Shelter Network's Annual Conference was held on October 20, 2017 at Oakham House on the Ryerson University campus. The theme of the Conference was Toronto Shelters: Working Together to Improve Health and Wellbeing for Toronto's Homelessness. The nearly 170 attendees were able to participate in various workshops touching on this topic, including LGBTQ/Trans Health and Health Disparities for People Living with Disabilities. They were also able to listen to City Councillor Ana Bailãos key note address, as well as an informative panel presentation. 




The TSN All Members Meeting took place on May 25, 2017, from 1 - 4pm, at the Toronto Harbour Light Ministries. The majority of the meeting focused on a panel discussion on health care in shelters from those in the shelter and medical fields. The attendees also listened to additional presentations, gave input to the TSN, and networked. Please see below for more details on the day's events. 


TSN Presentation



The Annual General Meeting and Conference was held on October 20, 2016 at Hart House. Nearly 130 members were in attendance to participate in workshops on a number of key relevant shelter topics, listen to a panel presentation on transforming homelessness and housing in Toronto, keynote speakers, and overall networking. Please see below for more details on the day’s event.      


56 members from all four sector tables attended the General Members’ Meeting at the Lillian H. Smith Public Library to view presentations, network, discuss sector table priorities, and identify what type of supports they are seeking from the TSN. Please see below for more details on the day’s event.