Snow and Ice Control on Sidewalks

 

Unlike many other municipalities, the City of Ottawa provides mechanical snow clearing for sidewalks.

  • After 2.5 cm of accumulation, City crews will begin clearing most sidewalks in the downtown core. These sidewalks should be clear within 4 hours of the end of accumulation.
  • After 5 cm of accumulation, City crews will begin clearing most primary. These sidewalks should be clear within 12 hours of the end of accumulation.
  • After 5 cm of accumulation, City crews will begin clearing most residential. These sidewalks should be clear within 16 hours of the end of accumulation.
  • The service does not include the clearing of snow from driveways or private approaches (private sidewalks) leading to a residence.
  • If your property is a corner lot, the sidewalk on the flank will not necessarily be cleared at the same time as the sidewalk at the front. This work is sometimes performed by different equipment.

What to expect during a winter storm

what to expect during a winter storm