Join Yonge Street Mission (YSM) at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 227 Bloor Street East, in downtown Toronto for a fun, family-friendly 2km or 5km fundraising winter walk in support of the street-involved youth, families in need and adults experiencing poverty who are served by YSM.

In 2023, our Coldest Night of the Year goal is to raise $160,000 gross. And with your help we will do it!

For neighbours in need, it’s certainly cold out there, so let’s gather and show compassion to the many community members experiencing hunger, homelessness and hurt in our city.

How to Participate

Select one of two fun ways to participate in 2023:

Main Event:

We will host an organized, in-person CNOY event – complete with 2km+ 5km assigned routes, rest stops, volunteers, and snacks at the end. Please join us at St. Paul’s Bloor St. to participate as part of our in-person CNOY event!

Offsite Walk:

We welcome offsite fundraisers who self-organize either with friends or individually, walking any day in February on a route they choose.

Click here to register to walk and fundraise – You can walk by yourself, join a team or start a team. For location choose: TORONTO DOWNTOWN YONGE STREET MISSION.

Click here to donate to a walker or team – Search by walker or team. Don’t know who to donate to? No problem, you can donate to Team Yonge Street Mission

Click here to volunteer – for location choose: TORONTO DOWNTOWN YONGE STREET MISSION

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship of YSM’s Coldest Night of the Year event is a unique opportunity for businesses or associations to reach a wide audience to promote your products or services, while publicly aligning with a social service charity dedicated to improving lives and building community within the city of Toronto. YSM relies on organizations like yours to advance our vitally important work. Consider a sponsorship today to help transform our city.

Click here for our Sponsorship Package

Community Sponsor

YSM is very grateful for our fantastic 2023 sponsors

Why participate in CNOY?

Because the facts are:

  • Toronto’s poverty rate is 11.3% the highest in Canada.
  • In 2021 there were 45 million visits to Toronto food banks, the highest total annual number ever recorded in our city’s history.
  • 500,000 Toronto residents struggle with poverty: 37% are female single parents, and 46% are recent immigrants.
  • Toronto is Canada’s child poverty capital – 1 in 4 children in our city live in poverty today.
  • 31% of Toronto’s homeless residents are between ages of 16 – 24.
  • Demand for YSM’s Food Bank has increased more than 196% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
  • An average of 855 families are served weekly at YSM’s Food Bank.


For any tips and inspiration about CNOY 2023, visit our social media channels at the links below.


If you have any questions regarding registering as a walker, volunteering or about donating, please contact Eleanor Edwards at or call her at 647-466-1865.

The solution to poverty is community.
Let’s come together as a community of fundraising walkers to end chronic poverty in a generation.

Coldest Night of the Year, Winter Fundraising Walk