Snow removal services provided by the City of Toronto

Snow in Toronto. Image provided by Theonlysilentbob (Wikimedia Commons).

Snow in Toronto. Image provided by Theonlysilentbob (Wikimedia Commons).

The recent snowfall has led to a lot of confusion regarding the snow clearing services offered by the city.

Large snowfalls require a co-ordinated approach by City staff and contractors that are provided based on the amount of snow accumulation.



  • 2 cm of snow: plows are sent to the expressways.
  • 5 cm of snow: plows also go to the main roads and plowing will take place for the duration of the storm.
  • 8 cm of snow: plows will be sent to the local roads. Normally, local road plowing will be completed between 14 and 16 hours after the storm has ended.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres of snow (five centimetres in January and February).

Also note that in the central core of the city property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place. You can learn more about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto and view a map of where the service takes place at

The City has 600 snowplows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks ready to tackle the winter precipitation. Residents who have questions about snow-clearing efforts in their area can call the City at 311.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *