Tipinawaw

How to get there

Enter the Edmonton Convention Centre at the botton of Grierson Hill, across from Louise McKinney Park.

Shuttle services from Jasper Ave to Grierson Hill Entrance – available 7am – 11pm, 7 days a week

  • When we are full in the evening, the shuttle will be redirected to take people to shelters with available capacity

Staff Entrance at Back Loading Doors.

General Information

This space is designed to be a peaceful and safe place for all guests. We ask those who wish to access the space:

  • Sign in upon arrival
  • You can safely store your personal items upon check-in. Drugs, Alcohol, Sharps or weapons are not permitted inside the facility
  • Don’t bring outside food or beverages
  • Consume alcohol and drugs in designated spots only
  • adhere to quiet hours from 11:00pm to 6:00am

COVID-19 Saftey Measures

Our utmost priority is keeping our community members and staff safe. COVID-19 screening is conducted at the entrance, including temperature checks and a questionnaire. Masks or face coverings are mandatory inside the building and are supplied to all community members. There is enough space to allow for physical distancing in the building. 

Anyone who is symptomatic or who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate. We are providing isolation space in a Tier 2 area, a separate space within the Convention Centre where our nurses screen community members for symptoms of COVID-19. 

Community Members who are feeling unwell will be moved to the Edmonton Isolation Facility run by the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. We are constantly adapting our services at Tipinawâw to keep community members and staff safe and adjust operations as needed. 

Additional Shelter Options

New Temporary Shelter Options

  • Mustard Seed 24/7 Shelter Space at 9935 75 Avenue. (CESSCO Building)
  • Hope Mission Shelter Space at 9908 106Ave (Commonwealth Stadium – Intake at Hope Mission)
For information on resources and supports available throughout the city, call 211.

For more information on City Services, call 311.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Tipinawâw?

  • Tipinawâw is located in the Edmonton Convention Centre (formerly Shaw Conference Centre) at 9797 Jasper Ave NW. The Entrance is on Grierson Hill Road (across from Louise McKinney Park).

How can people get from the Convention Centre entrance on Jasper Ave to the Tipinawâw entrance on Grierson Hill Road?

  • There is a shuttle to take people from Jasper Ave entrance to the Grierson Hill Road entrance. It runs daily between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

How many people does Tipinawâw accommodate?

  • Tipinawâw provides accommodation for up to 300 people for daytime programs and overnight shelter. Capacity may be reduced to support COVID-19 safety measures or other operational needs. 

What happens if Tipinawâw is full?

  • People will be offered transportation to a shelter with space. 

How long can someone stay at Tipinawâw?

  • There will be no time limit on how long someone can stay at Tipiniawâw, but the City and its community partners will work to connect people with bridge housing or permanent housing – whether supportive, affordable or market housing – before March 31, 2021. 

Do people have to leave each day or can someone who has stayed over night then access the day support services, and stay the night again? Will they have to go through the intake process each day?

  • People do not have to leave during the day. They can stay overnight and take part in day programming. However, once someone leaves the facility, they lose their spot and are required to go through the intake process. 

Is COVID-19 testing being done at Tipinawâw?

  • Limited COVID-19 testing is now being done on-site. We are working with Alberta Health Services to use rapid testing technology in the near future.