Here's What Brampton Does When The Snow Arrives

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Winter is coming, there's no doubt about that.

We've seen the white stuff trickle in ever so gently these past few days, but the big dump in Brampton and our surrounding communities is inevitable.

That's why you know what exactly does the City of Brampton do when the winter weather comes down hard.

According to the city, the first priority for city crews is to salt and plow primary roads, as these are main roads that carry higher volumes of traffic, are on a bus route, or have a Peel public or Catholic school on them.

These roads are salted and then plowed continuously. Once primary roads are cleared, crews begin salting residential streets. These are neighbourhood streets that carry lower volumes of traffic.


There are two things to keep in mind when it comes to plowing on Brampton residential streets:

  • They are only plowed when at least 7.5 cm (or 3 inches) of snow falls in a single storm. That's the diameter of a hockey puck, or a bit bigger than a cricket ball.

  • They are not plowed to bare pavement like main roads. It's normal for some snow to stay on the ground, even when the street has been plowed.

The city also plows and sands recreational trails in parks, as well as sidewalks that are:

  • On a primary road

  • On a Brampton Transit/Zum route.

  • In front of a city park or facility

  • Behind your property

  • Curb-faced (no grass boulevard between the sidewalk and road)

All other sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner. City of Brampton officials say plowing crews aim to have all roads, sidewalks and recreational trails maintained within 24 hours after a snowfall ends, but it might take longer if weather conditions are severe.


But there are things you as a homeowner can do to make things easier:

  • Clear the sidewalk in front of and beside your home by 11:00 am the day after a snowfall.

  • Don't shovel snow from your property onto the road or sidewalk.

  • On waste collection day, clear a spot for your carts at the bottom of your driveway or on the boulevard just behind the curb. Don't place them on the sidewalk or road.

  • When it snows, don't park on the street until it has been salted or plowed. Crews can't properly plow a street when cars are parked on it.

  • Remember, if a snowplow can't get down a street, neither can a fire truck.

"Whether this is your first winter in Brampton or you've been here all your life, snow is one thing that affects everyone. That's why we've worked hard to make sure we're ready, with a full operations plan in place. There is no other regular event that involves such a large coordinated response from the city,” said Bruce Zvaniga, the city’s Commissioner of Public Works and Engineering.

There are hundreds of employees responding during a snow event, from the crews you see clearing the snow to the customer service associates at 311. We're all working together to make sure Brampton residents can get around safely this winter.”

Click here for more information on 24/7 snow clearing status updates in Brampton.

Are you ready for winter?

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton

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