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Winter weather advice from City Hall

Winter is upon us and the City is preparing to fight the cold when the first snow falls on Vancouver.

With lessons learned from the big snow two years ago, the City has made strategic improvements to its snow management plan this year. The addition of new equipment and a plan that emphasises snow removal along priority routes will help to keep the city moving.

But the City needs your help. Everyone is asked to do their part to help keep Vancouver streets clear during snowy or icy weather.

Before the snow starts to fall, be prepared:

  • Be on alert for extreme weather forecasts, particularly for snow.
  • Have a snow shovel and de-icing materials ready. These materials sell out quickly once the snow starts to fall.
  • If you are not already a regular transit user, take the time to look up transit routes and schedules ahead of time that can provide a safe travel alternative to driving. Visit for more information.

When the snow falls, be a snow angel and do your part to keep sidewalks clear and help others who can't:

  • All Vancouver property owners and occupants (residents and businesses) are reminded of their responsibility to ensure the full width of their sidewalk is clear from snow by 10 a.m. the morning after a snowfall. This responsibility, in effect seven days a week, is detailed under Section 76 of the "Streets and Traffic Bylaw" No. 2849.
  • Clear the snow from any fire hydrants in front of your home in case of an emergency and try to avoid shovelling snow onto sidewalks or the roadway as it can be hazardous to pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Park your vehicle off major streets to let City crews plow arterials more effectively and to leave room for traffic to get through in the snow.
  • Avoid driving until conditions have improved; transit routes are among the priority routes to be plowed.
  • If you must drive, have good snow tires on your vehicle, leave earlier and allow more travel time, especially at rush hour.

After a snow event:

  • If the storm is over, the City has plowed, and snow begins to melt, please clear the snow around the catch basin on the street fronting your property. This will help the melting water runoff into the storm sewer system, and reduce flooding problems.

To report problems on City property please call 3-1-1.

For more information about snow management in the City, visit

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