The death has prompted Toronto Mayor John Tory to initiate a review into the common practice of clothing donation bins, investigating the design of the contraptions and the now-obvious safety concerns, questioning whether they're the most effective method of collecting donated clothes off the street, and reviewing their positioning in and around the city, particularly with regards to their proximity to shelters and crisis accomodation.
The emergency services then made efforts to resuscitate the woman but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Advocates for the homeless have been sounding alarms about the bins, going so far as to call them "death traps" for a vulnerable population.
Just last month, a 34-year-old West Vancouver man lost his life after getting stuck in a donation bin.
With files from the Canadian Press.
The city is in the process of contacting five organizations whose bins have the same type of opening as the Inclusion BC bin where the man got stuck.
Donation boxes have been closed in British Columbia. Credit CBC News
RangeView Fabricating, a Toronto-area company that produces bins used by prominent charities such as Diabetes Canada and B'nai Brith, said it is now focused on modifying the existing containers to improve safety.
It remains unclear how she became trapped in the bin, but police believe the incident was unintentional.
Tuesday's incident has sparked wide calls for the removal of the bins and a re-think of their design.
Another option is to add a feature, such as a foot pedal, which requires a person to step on it in order to open the bin door and drop something inside. Both suggested she was likely trying to find some warm clothing at the time she was trapped.
In November, they held a competition and selected a winning design fourth-year engineering students will use to create a fully functioning prototype.
In Richmond, organizations have been given until Wednesday to remove bins from public property. "There should be a standard for these bins".