Coldest Night of the Year

Christopher Veilleux |

Winter in Canada can be beautiful...but without necessary supports it can also be dangerous. The stretch of weather we’ve had in February 2021 is unpleasant for most of us but can be deadly for some people in our community.

Did you know that The Coldest Night of the Year event has been happening in Canadian communities since 2011 with the goals of raising both funds for people experiencing homelessness and awareness of what it’s like for those folks?

Since 2011 the Coldest Night of the Year has raised over $33,500,000 in 149 communities across Canada.

In western Manitoba, Brandon’s Samaritan House Ministries is spearheading this event again this year.

In 2021, due to the challenges created by Covid-19, the Coldest Night of the Year has developed a Covid-19 safe, family-friendly walk held on February 20, 2021. This virtual walk will see individuals or approved “bubbles” or teams walking without the large groups that have been assembled in the past.

We know that people walking in the cold only gives a hint of what it might be like to experience homelessness. The weather we’ve experienced lately can be deadly and funds raised through this event can help support the organizations that work to improve the situation every day of the year.

February 20, 2021 is the date for the event this year. If you are interested in donating directly or by supporting one of the teams locally please visit the local CNOY site.

Donations can also be made directly to the CNOY Head office, or directly online.

More information about the history of the Coldest Night of the Year initiative can be found at 

At Prairie Wealth Planning Consultants we’re proud to support this event and the great work Samaritan House does in our community.