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City crews prepare for winter weather

November 25 2015

Vancouver's West End with the snowy North Shore mountains

Where we focus on clearing snow and ice

The City of Vancouver regularly monitors two major weather forecaster providers in order to have enough time to prepare our trucks and crews ahead of any storm.

We dispatch equipment as needed and apply a pre-salt or brine to road surfaces.

To make the most of available resources, our priority locations for snow and ice removal are:

  • Major roads
  • Bus routes
  • Bridges
  • Emergency access routes (including five major hospitals)
  • The 15 most used bike routes and walkways

To clear snow and ice, we use:

  • 22 tandem dump trucks with plows and salters
  • 25 single-axle dump trucks (4.5 to 7 yards) with plows and salters
  • 4 single-axle dump trucks (1 yard) with plows and salters
  • 2 single-axle dump trucks (1 yard) with brine
  • 2 flusher trucks with brine
  • 15 backhoes
  • 2 loaders
  • 2 graders
  • 2 Bombardiers with plows, for bridges
  • 2 Bobcats with snow blowers
  • 2 Kubotas with sweepers, plows, slaters, and brine
  • 6 walk-behind snow blowers
  • 2 salt sheds
  • 1 brine-making facility

As temperatures drop, it's time for you to prepare for ice, slush, and snow

Vancouver has experienced a lot of rain already this year and you've been great about getting ready and responding to stormy weather.

We remind you to please:

  • Check in on your neighbours, especially the elderly and people with mobility challenges
  • Clear walkways of slippery leaves, snow, and ice
  • Not shovel snow or leaves onto the road

City bylaws require that walkways must be cleared of ice, snow, and slush by 10:00am following any winter weather.

Be ready for anything this winter

Report winter weather issues on VanConnect

If you notice street flooding due to heavy rain and snow, please report it to us through the VanConnect app or phone 3-1-1.

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Winter shelters

The City works with the Province of BC to provide cold-weather shelters and connect people who are homeless to community resources. 

This winter, 170 beds are available at four temporary winter shelter locations.

Learn about our Winter Response Shelter Strategy