Streets, trees, and building covered with snow

Staying safe during winter weather

What you need to know

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures may increase your risk of illness or injury. Take steps to protect your health during winter conditions.   

Check on others frequently to ensure they are warm and safe, especially older adults and vulnerable neighbours. 

Where to keep warm

If you are looking for relief from the cold, we and the Province offer warm locations during winter weather or extreme weather.

How winter weather affects your health

Winter conditions can be dangerous and may increase risks of illness when outdoors, including hypothermia and frostbite, or risks of serious injury due to slipping or falling.  

People at higher risk during winter weather: 

  • Older adults (65 years or older) and children younger than one year old 
  • People with disabilities
  • People with pre-existing illnesses or taking certain medications
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Outdoor workers
  • People living in housing with no heat or power 

Snow and ice removal 

When snowfall is forecasted, City crews closely monitor the weather and implement a coordinated plan to treat for snow and ice on all key routes across Vancouver. 

Home and property owners are reminded that they are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks alongside their property by 10am following snowfall or freezing temperatures.
 

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