Winter Maintenance Update

As many of you know, the City’s first priority during a major snowfall is to keep the main roads safe and clear for emergency and TTC vehicles. You can do your part by not parking or stopping on these routes during or following a snowstorm.

Once the main roads are clear, then our crews can get to the side streets. Ploughing on side streets will usually be completed within 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. An additional 24 hours is often required to plough difficult areas where snow has not been completely cleared.

Sidewalks on main roads, bus stops and transit shelters will generally be ploughed within 48 hours after a snowstorm.

If you live in an area where the City is unable to mechanically clear snow from sidewalks, it is your responsibility to clear the snow and ice. Hey, be a good neighbour! If you are responsible for clearing the sidewalk, please do so promptly for the benefit of all pedestrians in your community.

Here’s an important tip about shoveling snow. Please don’t push snow back onto the road. It’s against the law, hampers snow clearing efforts and is very dangerous for motorists.

Remember, you can get current snow ploughing information by calling 311. Residents can call this number to find out how snow ploughing operations are progressing.

Winter, and the snow that comes with it, is a part of what makes us Canadians. By working together, we can make sure that Toronto continues to be a safe and accessible city in which to live, work and play.