Snow removal from streets and sidewalks

When cold weather is forecasted, our essential workers in Engineering services begin planning consistent and coordinated efforts for snow and ice treatments on priority routes around the city.

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Snow and ice treatment locations

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We have over 100 vehicles and equipment for snow and ice treatment along with 3000 tonnes of salt at our yards, and hundreds of personnel available to deploy as required.

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

The following are not included in our snow response:

  • Residential side streets (excluding locations on priority routes)
  • Sidewalks adjacent to non-City owned property
  • Laneways (unless required for City collection operations)

We'll treat locations as resources allow to reduce further impact.

The Vancouver Park Board’s snow and ice control schedule ensures major park access roads, primary parking areas, and perimeter and direct internal park pathways in the downtown area are maintained.

Shovel your sidewalk

Vancouver property owners and occupants are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks in front of and, if on a corner lot, alongside their property by 10am the morning following a snowfall or freezing temperatures.

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

  • 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

There is no requirement in the by-laws for snow to be cleared from private property, whether residential or commercial.

Read the Street and Traffic By-law 2849, section 76

Snow and ice concerns

Report sidewalks not cleared of snow and ice

Use this VanConnect form to report non-emergency snow and ice on sidewalks in front of houses and businesses.

Report snow and ice on City streets and sidewalks

Use this VanConnect form to report non-emergency snow and ice on streets and sidewalks in the city.

Volunteer as a Snow Angel

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

Snow removal

By City of Vancouver

 

  • 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

    By City of Vancouver

    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

    By City of Vancouver

    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

    By City of Vancouver

    Check transit schedules at translink.ca for commuting alternatives.

  • Be safe, be seen

    By City of Vancouver

    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.

Weather report

Get the local weather forecast so you know when to expect and plan for snow.

Vehicle emergency preparedness

How to drive safely in a disaster. Vehicle emergency kit.

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 to help in an emergency

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