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Help keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow

December 18 2012

Snow in Gastown

The cold weather has arrived in Vancouver and the snow has started to fall.

The City of Vancouver takes snow removal seriously, and will make consistent, coordinated efforts to keep main throughways clear, including bus routes, bridges and bike lanes.

You also play a large role in keeping Vancouver sidewalks clear.

Your responsibilities

Whether you are a property owner or tenant, you are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround your residence or business by 10:00am on the morning following a snowfall, seven days a week. 

If you fail to remove snow and ice, you can be fined.

Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with disabilities. A single portion of a sidewalk that is not cleared can negate the clearing efforts of the rest of the residents on the whole block.

Help those unable to shovel

The City encourages you to lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks.

Adopt the sidewalk of a senior neighbour or person with a mobility issue, and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter long. 

To report problems on City property, call 3-1-1, or 604-873-7000.

Find out about our snow plan

Snow in the West End

Snow removal

Check our priority locations for removing snow and ice. Find out how you can help keep sidewalks clear.