It’s that time of the year again!

Here are a few things that you can expect as we gear up for another winter in Toronto in regards to plowing...

  • When 2cm of snow has accumulated then plowing will begin on the expressways
  • When 5cm 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.  Residents are also asked not to call 311 during the storm to ask when their street will be plowed. 
  • Residents should call 311 to report urgent winter related calls only.
  • The City will also open driveway windrows wherever it is mechanically possible to do so. Typically, driveway windrows are opened between one and two hours of the road being plowed.
  • The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after 8cm (five centimetres in January and February) of snow has fallen.
  •  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.

 To learn more about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto and to view a map of the areas where the service is provided, click on If you need more information about the city's plans for snow clearing, visit TIP:  Please don’t push snow back onto the road.  It’s against the law, hampers snow clearing efforts and is very dangerous for motorists. Thank you and stay safe & warm this winter!    

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