Snow Removal Reminder

Posted on January 12, 2015

A word from the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services:

In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres (five centimetres in January and February) of snow has fallen. If the snowfall is less than eight centimeters, it’s your responsibility to clear the snow.

If you have friends, neighbours or relatives who are seniors (65 years of age +) and are in need of aid for snow removal please contact 311 (or call Councillor Perks office 416 392 7919 or email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca) for options.

If you need more information about the city’s plans for snow clearing, visit toronto.ca/transportation.

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads. Local roads and laneways are salted soon after this. When two centimeters of snow has accumulated then plowing will begin on the expressways and, when five centimeters has accumulated, plowing will begin on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads will continue until the operation is complete.

When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimeters, local road plowing will begin. Plowing on the local roads is usually completed between 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311.

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