Snow removal from streets and sidewalks

When cold weather hits, we work hard to ensure that major routes are safe by salting and brining before any snow or freezing rain starts, and plowing once snow falls.

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Priority locations for snow and ice removal

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Our crews keep major routes safe by salting and brining them before any snow or freezing rain starts.

Our priority locations for snow and ice removal are:

  • Major roads
  • Bus routes
  • Bridges
  • Emergency access routes (including five major hospitals and two health care facilities)
  • School routes
  • 15 most-used bike routes
  • Bus stops
  • Arterial corner ramps

How to prepare for snow and ice

We may get less snow than the rest of Canada but when it arrives, you need to be prepared.

Snow removal

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  • Shovel your sidewalk

    By City of Vancouver

    All property owners must clear snow and ice from sidewalks around their property by 10:00am every day. Unable to clear the snow? Ask a neighbour for help or request a Snow Angel. Failure to remove snow and ice may result in fines. Learn the rules about snow removal in our Street and Traffic Bylaw (section 76).

  • Prepare your snow gear early

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    Make sure you have shovels and salt before it starts to snow. Double check your winter gear and ensure you have boots that are safe for walking in.

  • Get snow tires

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    If you drive through the winter, consider getting tires with the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol or the mud and snow symbol, with at least 3.5mm tread. The Province of BC requires these tires on provincial highways from October 1 to April 30. Learn more about winter tires.

  • Move your car

    By City of Vancouver

    We plow major roads, bus routes, school routes, and emergency routes. When you move your car to a side street or garage, we can make sure snow along these routes is cleared.

  • Avoid driving if you can

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    Check transit schedules at for commuting alternatives.

  • Be safe, be seen

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    In darker, wet weather, visibility is limited and changing road conditions make it harder to see. Wear lights and reflective gear, and make eye contact with other road users. Whether you're walking, biking, rolling, or driving, being mindful about how you travel can help make sure everyone gets home safe. Learn more about our goal for zero traffic-related fatalities.

Snow removal tips

To keep our sidewalks and streets safe for people walking, driving, and cycling:

  • Clear snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround your property by 10:00am every day.
  • Shovel snow onto your property, away from the road and sidewalk
  • Clear storm drains of leaves and snow to prevent flooding
  • Ask someone to clear your sidewalk if you're away or unable to or request a Snow Angel

Shift into winter

It's easy to forget that winter driving is different. Shift into winter with preparation and driving tips from the Winter Driving Safety Alliance.

Volunteer as a Snow Angel

Help seniors and people with limited mobility clear their sidewalks after a snowfall.

Volunteer to help in an emergency

Learn how you can volunteer for public events, emergencies, disasters, and help others prepare for an emergency.