Winter maintenance

  • All roads are grouped in classes and by type. They are listed in the Council approved Maintenance Quality Standards for Roads, Sidewalks and Pathways. These standards are used to prioritize how frequently roads are plowed, how ice is controlled and how snow is removed. High priority roads and most arterial roads are dealt with first. What to expect during a winter storm.

  • During a winter snow storm when 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada or the City’s weather provider,and requiring plowing of residential streets, Where is My Plow will show real- time estimates for city snow clearing equipment. Residents can get real- time estimates for residential streets only.

  • With such a large network of roads clearing snow from City streets requires collaboration and support from staff and residents. Residents can help make the process safer for everyone.

  • If the temperature rises above zero degrees Celsius in a short period of time there is a possibility of flooding as a result of rapidly melting snow and ice. The outcome of maintaining drainage systems is to ensure they function as intended, reducing potential flooding conditions that could present a safety hazard or that could degrade the quality of the infrastructure.

  • Find information about the City's snow disposal facilities.

  • Find out about the  standard practices City crews use to plow the roads, streets and sidewalks.

  • What to expect during a winter storm. Ottawa's resources are deployed systematically in time to clear snow accumulation.

  • Get answers to your questions about overnight parking.

  • Snow fences reduce the build-up of drifting snow and ice on roads, and help keep winter roads safe by improving visibility for motorists. The City of Ottawa puts up many kilometres of traditional wood-slat snow fences or partners with local farmers for alternative corn fences along its roads.  These are installed only where and if landowners agree.

  • Access a table that describes the Maintenance Quality Standards for snow and ice control on sidewalks and pathways.

  • The City applies dry salt, wet salt, sand salt mix, liquid brine, and abrasive materials on our streets.

  • A network of approximately 40km of cycling facilities will be maintained through the winter season.  This is an increase by approximately 20km and encompasses important cycling routes in addition to these facilities that were maintained in previous winters.  This winter cycling network is primarily centred around the downtown core.

  • Read about what you can do to help improve winter maintenance.

  • To make the city’s sidewalks safe to walk on in the winter, the City of Ottawa has placed 81 "do-it-yourself" grit boxes at various locations for residents to use. The boxes contain the same winter grit used by the City's snow operations' staff to keep sidewalks safe for everyone.

Winter parking

Winter overnight parking regulations are in effect throughout the city from November 15 to April 1.

What to expect during a winter storm

what to expect during a winter storm

Where is My Plow

There is no plowing in progress on local roads at this time.  Plowing of local roads will begin only after a minimum of 7 cm of snow accumulation.