The level of risk to individuals in the encampment and the surrounding community determines when the City closes and cleans up an encampment. Risks can include the size of the encampment, biohazards, needles, garbage, fire, amount of materials present, propane tanks and proximity to schools or playgrounds.
If an encampment is low risk, the Encampment Response Team:
Works with partners to bridge rough sleepers with supports focused on health and housing
Closes and cleans-up encampments across Edmonton every week
If an encampment is lower risk, it may take the ERT up to 26 days to close the site, based on available resources
Encampments are cleaned once individuals have been offered alternate safer places to stay. Individuals who don’t choose to stay in shelters are given time to relocate with their belongings prior to enforcement action.