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City of Burlington is Ready for Winter


*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Dec. 10, 2019 — The City of Burlington’s snow clearing crews are ready for the more snow and cold forecasted and the upcoming winter season.

When a snow event has been declared, residents can use the ‘What’s Been Plowed’ link on the website to see which streets have been plowed when it snows. Within the same webpage, the City also has a video to inform residents about the snow clearing services they can expect during wintery weather conditions.

“We’re expecting a tough winter with lots of precipitation. Help us help you by not parking on the street or blocking sidewalks. With your cooperation and patience, we can get through another Canadian winter.” — Mark Adam, Manager of Road Operations

During a snow event, snow control updates can be found by visiting Snow Control Update subscribers will receive emails at 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. about the status of snow removal. To receive Snow Control Updates by email, visit to subscribe.

When weather events such as snow or freezing rain become more extreme and safe travel becomes more challenging, the City may decide to close facilities, such as community centres, pools, arenas and City Hall. Residents looking to find out if a City facility has been closed can either follow any of the City’s social media accounts or go to

When severe winter weather comes, many factors go into deciding whether to stay open or to close and each situation is a little different. Our interest is to make every attempt to stay open and provide City services; however, with safety as our priority, we keep travel conditions in mind when making any closure decisions. When we decide to stay open, we leave the decision to attend or not to the participant based on their own specific and unique set of circumstances. The best way to be informed of the any closure is to subscribe to Facility Closures at When a facility is closed, we will send a notification to subscribers.” — Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services

Snow Clearing Service Levels

  • Primary and Secondary roads begin to be cleared when snow reaches 5 cm of accumulation.
  • Residential roads begin to be cleared when snow reaches 7.5 cm of accumulation. Residential roads are not maintained to bare pavement. They are plowed only after a snow accumulation of 7.5 cm has fallen in a single event. Sand is applied to enhance traction, as required.
  • All sidewalks are plowed and salted and sanded, if icy, within 48 hours of snow fall.
  • All roads will be cleared 24-hours after the snowfall has ended.
  • For all roads, sidewalks and select pathways, clearing may take longer if more than 12 cm has fallen. Please be patient as our crews work to clear the busiest streets first.
  • The City is not responsible for clearing windrows left on driveways when the plow passes. If you think you will need help clearing the windrow, please make arrangements such as speaking with your neighbours, family members or hire a contractor.

Parking During the Winter

Parking continues to be an issue for snow clearing operations. When a snow event is declared, there is no parking on any city streets until 24-hours after the snow event has been declared over. Residents who park their cars on streets are blocking snow removal and could be faced with a $120 parking ticket or be towed.

All existing parking exemptions are also cancelled during snow events.

Snow events and parking restrictions are announced through the City’s social media as well as through Snow Control Updates that can be found at Snow Control Updates can also be emailed to any resident who subscribes.

What residents can do

During the winter season, the City of Burlington maintains 1,900 lane kilometres of roads and 850 kilometres of sidewalks. Residents can help with the removal of snow from streets and sidewalks by following road safety and parking rules:

  • Please wait until 24-hours after the snowfall has ended before calling or emailing your concerns. It takes time to clean up after a storm; please give us 24-hours after the snow has ended to do this work. Your patience is appreciated.
  • Do not park vehicles on the street during or 24-hours after a snowfall. Also, please do not leave vehicles over the sidewalk while in your driveway as this can prevent the sidewalk plow from completing its work.
  • Take it slow when driving in winter conditions. Give yourself more time to travel. Avoid tailgating and pass other vehicles with caution.
  • Do not shovel, plow or blow snow from residential or commercial properties onto the road. This poses a hazard to motorists and is prohibited by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and city bylaw.
  • Snow plows need room to clear the ice and snow. Please stay back 70 feet as sand and salt may be dropping from the trucks. This also gives you room to stop safely.
  • Give snow plows plenty of space at intersections. The snow plow may need two or more lanes to turn or to get through the intersection. If a snow plow is waiting to turn left at an intersection, do not pull up and stop underneath or in front of the wing plow (the plow attached to the right side of the truck). Your vehicle could be struck by the plow when the truck pulls forward.



Another winter is almost upon us and while the season can bring with it activities we can’t traditional do without the cold and snow, it can also make travelling through our city a bit tough. Thankfully, our city staff is ready to go and take on whatever winter has in store for us this year. I thank our residents in advance for their patience during any snowfall or winter event as our staff work to make our roads and sidewalks safe for public use and to encourage them subscribe to our Snow Control Updates by email at or to head to to get updates online.

*Posted by John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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