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BY Mark Savel | January 14, 2022

Does the City Clear Sidewalks In Toronto?

Rejoice fellow Torontonians – the struggle of clearing snow from sidewalks is finally over!

In June 2021, the city announced an expansion of sidewalk snow removal for all neighbourhoods in Toronto… that’s 7,300 kilometres for those counting at home. The move makes us just the third major city to offer city-wide snow clearing, a luxury also enjoyed in Montreal and Ottawa.

Sidewalk Plowing

According to the cities website:

The City clears snow from sidewalks in most areas of the City, where it is physically possible to clear snow mechanically (i.e. using a small plow).  Sidewalk plowing takes place when there is 2 cm of snow accumulation and the snow has stopped falling, or when icy conditions dictate.  Sidewalks with high pedestrian volume (arterial roads, school zones, transit areas, and accessibility locations) will be cleared first.  Sidewalk clearing after a snowfall takes approximately 13 hours to complete and, depending on the storm severity, may occur more than once.  Sidewalk clearing can continue up to 72 hours after the snow has stopped falling.

For plowing neighbourhood roads, snow removal starts when about 8 cm of snow has accumulated – that’s about the height of a bank card. You can road and sidewalk plows at Toronto.ca/PlowTO

What Home Owners Must Do

All home, property and business owners must clear the adjacent sidewalk of snow or ice within 12 hours of the end of a snowfall as per the Snow and Ice Clearing Bylaw .

The fine for not clearing snow from public property is $105 plus $30 surcharge, a total of $135.

According to the Property Standards Bylaw , home owners and property owners are responsible for clearing ice and snow from private property – including driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings – within 24 hours after snowfall ends to provide safe access for people and vehicles.

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