Dixon Hall Statement – February 17, 2021

A fire occurred during the evening of February 14 at the Bond Place Hotel. The Hotel is currently serving as a shelter, leased to the City of Toronto, and is being operated by Dixon Hall. The fire was contained by Toronto Fire and there were no injuries.

Dixon Hall has in place, and adheres to, a Fire Safety Plan for all of our Housing sites. In addition, staff regularly complete an accessibility bed list – a document that is updated routinely to inform staff and emergency services of the room locations of clients with accessibility needs.

The Hotel’s intercom communication system was utilized during the fire to communicate with guests. Only guests on certain floors were asked to evacuate; others were requested to stay in their rooms to help ensure everyone’s safety.

The safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff are our top priority. Dixon Hall is currently conducting an internal review of the events of the 14th.

The shelter at the Bond Place Hotel was opened in August 2020 as part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.