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City crews ready equipment and salt for snowy forecast

December 2 2013 Public asked to help keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow

Snow removal on Vancouver streets

The cold weather has arrived in Vancouver and snow is in the forecast for the Lower Mainland next weekend.

Even though there are no reports for snow yet for Vancouver, the City of Vancouver takes snow removal seriously and has a comprehensive snow plan. When snow hits, crews make consistent, coordinated efforts to keep main throughways clear, including bus routes, bridges, and arterials.

City crews have equipment ready and overnight staff scheduled in readiness for the icy weather. The City has 30 trucks ready to respond and a mountain of salt available to apply to streets to help keep major routes and hills as passable as possible.

If snow accumulations materialize, personnel will be out before dawn to clear snow from major routes, on-street storm drains, and sidewalks in key areas.

Help clear snow and ice from sidewalks

The public plays a large role in keeping Vancouver sidewalks clear. 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.

The City encourages you to lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks, and adopt the sidewalk of a senior neighbour or person with a mobility issue and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter long. 

When you need to clear snow and ice from your sidewalk to avoid the risk of a fine

All Vancouver property owners and occupants (tenants) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their property by 10:00am on the morning following a snowfall. This responsibility is in effect seven days a week. Property owners and occupants who fail to remove snow and ice may be subject to fines.

Please also take a moment to clear any snow and leaves away from any street storm drains so runoff water can flow freely into the storm drain system and prevent flooding.

Report a problem on City property

To report problems on City property, please 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.