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Encampments

What is an encampment? 

An encampment is any area where an individual or a group of people live unhoused together, often in tents or other temporary shelters.  

In some circumstances, encampments can pose a level of risk to people staying in the encampment as well as the surrounding community. Risks include biohazards, needles, garbage, unsafe heating sources, fire and proximity to schools or playgrounds.  

Reporting encampments 

Please do not approach an encampment or the individuals in a temporary shelter. If you see someone living in unsafe outdoor living conditions, please contact the Service Saskatoon 24hr Customer Care Centre at 306-975-2476 and the appropriate response will be dispatched to the individual's location. 

An organized response 

The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) recognizes homelessness is a complex issue which requires a whole-community response. SFD and partnering agencies have organized a proactive response to manage life safety and health issues related to those who are unhoused. Together, the group is working to provide emergency wrap-around resources to unhoused individuals including: 

  • Food 
  • Mental health and/or addiction support 
  • Access to Elders 
  • Trauma Support Services 
  • COVID-19 testing 
  • Safe & healthy emergency shelter 
  • Support in accessing Ministry of Social Services programs 

How to help 

SFD works with partnering agencies to provide support to individuals who are unhoused. If residents wish to make a donation, they are encouraged to connect with the organizations listed below. 

Items of most benefit include: 

  • toques 
  • mitts 
  • jackets 
  • socks 
  • underwear 
  • pants 
  • shoes/boots 
  • scarfs 
  • blankets
  • shampoo (individual) 
  • soap 
  • toothbrushes 
  • toothpaste 
  • deodorant 
  • women and children items (*YWCA only) 

Material donations can be dropped off at: 

Lighthouse 
304 2nd Avenue South 
306-653-0538   

Salvation Army 
339 Avenue C South 
306-244-6280 

YWCA 
510-25th Street East 
306-986-2870