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City's snow removal crews are keeping roads clear

December 20 2013

A view of Cambie Bridge and downtown on a snowy day

Vancouver may get up to 12 cm of snow today, so take care on the roads today and consider using public transit.

Snow removal update

The City has a full crew and 40 trucks salting and plowing major routes. We are also salting and removing snow at bus stops, crosswalks, and corners.

Collection services (garbage, recycling, and Green Bin) are temporarily on hold because crews have been reassigned to help with snow removal.

The City will continue to monitor weather conditions and collection services will resume as soon as possible. Should the weather turn to freezing rain, efforts will focus on clearing storm drains to prevent any potential flooding problems.

We take snow removal seriously and have a comprehensive snow plan. Our Engineering Services Department has a range of equipment, 1,800 tons of salt in stock, and the ability to deploy crews where required.

Help keep sidewalks clear and lend a hand

You also play an important part in keeping Vancouver's sidewalks and storm drains clear. Please clear snow and ice from the sidewalks outside your property, as well as leaves and snow around storm drains.

Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, especially seniors and people with disabilities. A single uncleared portion of a sidewalk can hamper efforts made by neighbours on the block.

Lend a hand to those 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. Join the Vancouver Volunteer Corps member to be connected with residents who need help with snow removal. Phone 3-1-1 to sign up.

Clear the sidewalk by 10:00am after a snowfall

All Vancouver property owners, tenants, and occupants need to clear the full width of sidewalks that surround their property by 10:00am on the morning following icy and snowy conditions, seven days a week. Neglecting to remove snow and ice may result in a fine.

Thank you for doing your part to keep streets and sidewalks safe for pedestrians this winter.

Are you a senior or do you have mobility issues?

If you need help shovelling your sidewalk, phone 3-1-1. The City has 20 Vancouver Volunteer Corps members who have agreed to be "Snow Angels" and are available to help you. 3-1-1 will try to connect you with a "Snow Angel" in your area.

You can also check with local community groups, schools, or churches for volunteers who may be able to help you clear your sidewalk.

Have you already contacted the City for help clearing your sidewalk in the past? We are reaching out to check if you need help this season.

Report a problem on City property

Notice a problem that needs fixing? Phone 3-1-1 or 604-873-7000 to tell us about it.

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.