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How residents can help

Clearing snow from your property

  • Do not push snow and ice on the street, sidewalk or park.
  • Keep fire hydrants free of snow.
  • Use wood, plastic or fibreglass driveway markers, which should be no larger than a hockey stick.
  • Open catch basins or drains in front of your property when the weather becomes mild.
  • Catch basins are identified by a yellow “T” bar painted on the roadway.

A snow windrow is a pile of snow that accumulates at the end of driveways and on the sides of streets during plowing. It is the responsibility of the home owner to remove their own driveway windrows.

Snow fences

Snow fences reduce the build-up of drifting snow and ice on roads, and improve visibility for motorists. The City installs wood-slat snow fences or partners with local farmers for corn or tree fences.

Plant a snow fence

The City encourages landowners who plant corn to participate in the Alternative Snow Fencing Program.

In late summer, participating landowners leave six to 12 rows of standing corn parallel to the road and 20 metres from the road’s right-of-way property line. In December, landowners are paid an amount based on the market value per tonne of the unharvested corn, the yield of tonnes per acre, the actual acres standing and for spring clean-up work

In non-agricultural areas, landowners can plant trees 20 metres from the right-of-way property line.

To find out more, please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Garbage and recycling collection during a winter storm

Place garbage containers and bags and recycling bins at the curb. Do not place them behind or on top of snow banks.

Keep bins out of the way of pedestrians and plows

Garbage and recycling collection

Help make sidewalks safe

To make sidewalks safe to walk on in the winter, the City provides do-it-yourself grit boxes close to steep hills and in areas where there are many pedestrians, seniors and persons using mobility devices. Residents are encouraged to spread the grit on slippery spots on sidewalks and other problem areas. 

Where to find grit boxes

  • 100 Constellation Drive
  • 100 Empress Avenue
  • 1200 Quigley Hill Road
  • 150 MacLaren Street
  • 207 Woodroffe Avenue
  • 221 Nelson Street
  • 25 Fairmont Avenue
  • 264 Lisgar Street
  • 294 Otterson Drive, at the Otterson Tunnel
  • 31 McEwen Avenue
  • 327 Cyr Avenue
  • 395 Somerset Street West
  • 4120 Riverside Drive
  • 434 Brunskill Way
  • 441 Edgeworth Avenue
  • 5550 Ann Street
  • 587 Fielding Drive, at the Otterson Tunnel
  • 60 Cartier Street
  • 61 McEwen Avenue
  • 73 Rideau Street
  • 75 Bruyère Street
  • 77 Monk Street
  • 800 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • 905 Springland Drive, at the Flannery Tunnel
  • 917 Cromwell Drive, at the Flannery Tunnel
  • Corner of Beausoleil Drive and Cobourg Street
  • Corner of Carling Avenue and Britannia Road
  • Corner of Connaught Avenue and Sackville Street
  • Corner of Dalhousie Street and Bolton Street
  • Corner of Danforth Avenue and Churchill Avenue North
  • Corner of Deschênes Street and Pooler Avenue
  • Corner of Edgecliffe Avenue and Caldwell Avenue
  • Corner of Elgin Street and Slater Street, south of the ramp
  • Corner of George Street and William Street, by the pedestrian mall
  • Corner of Heney Street and Wurtemburg Street
  • Corner of Lacasse Avenue and Montreal Road
  • Corner of Laurier Avenue West and Metcalfe Street
  • Corner of Lenester Avenue and Iroquois Road
  • Corner of Lepage Avenue and McBride Street
  • Corner of MacLaren Street and Elgin Street
  • Corner of Osgoode Main Street and Vance Street
  • Corner of Maple Lane and Acacia Avenue
  • Corner of Meadowlands Drive East and Chesterton Drive
  • Corner of Metcalfe Street and MacLaren Street
  • Corner of Morisset Avenue and Merivale Road
  • Corner of New Orchard and Richmond Road
  • Corner of Ohio Street and Bank Street
  • Corner of Ravenhill Avenue and Melbourne Avenue
  • Corner of Rideau Street and Charlotte Street
  • Corner of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive
  • Corner of Rideau Street and Mackenzie Avenue
  • Corner of Rideau Street and Wurtemburg Street
  • Corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Bank Street
  • Corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Riverdale Avenue
  • Corner of Trépanier Lane and Sparkle Street
  • Corner of York Street and William Street
  • Northeast corner of Albert Street and Metcalfe Street
  • Northeast corner of Gladstone Avenue and Rochester Street
  • Northwest corner of Bank Street and MacLaren Street
  • Southeast corner of Elgin Street and Cooper Street
  • Southeast corner of Albert Street and Empress Avenue
  • Southwest corner of Booth Street and Elm Street
  • Southwest corner of Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue West
  • Dead end of Augusta Street, near Beausoleil Drive
  • Dead end of Echo Drive, near Avenue Road and Riverdale Avenue
  • 67 Balsam Street
  • Gladstone Avenue between Bayswater Avenue and Spadina Avenue
  • 975 Gladstone Avenue
  • Young Street between Bayswater Avenue and Fairmont Avenue
  • Base of pathway at King Edward Avenue and Union Street
  • Laurier Avenue Bridge, near the stairs on Colonel By Drive
  • Mackenzie King Bridge, near the stairs on Colonel By Drive
  • Bronson Avenue Bridge, near the stairs coming up from Colonel By Drive
  • Bronson Avenue Bridge, near both the east and west stairs coming up from Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • Underneath George Dunbar Bridge, between the stairs on Bronson Avenue
  • Nicholas Street, at the stairs up to Mackenzie King Bridge
  • Sparks Street between Elgin Street and Lyon Street North
  • South side of the top of the hill at Acacia Lane
  • 5512 Sand Road in Vars, ON