Public works

Snow removal

Your collaboration is essential during snow removal operations in order to ensure the highest efficiency of our teams. You can help eliminate the many obstacles encountered during snow removal operations by ensuring that your car is properly parked and that there is no bulky garbage in the way of snow ploughs.

Warning: snow pushed onto the street can land you a fine

The City would also like to remind its citizens that it is prohibited to push your snow onto the road, sidewalk, median or street. Armed with snow blowers and shovels, some citizens and privately contracted snow removers have been known to push snow from private or commercial properties onto the streets. In doing so they violate municipal regulations. Do not forget that contracted workers are operating under your responsibility, and that snow deposited on public roads can land you a ticket.

To facilitate snow removal operations, citizens are asked to follow the usual precautions.

In such, removal of snow is largely carried out during the day. It is common to see signs prohibiting parking. These signs are placed in highly visible areas, stuck into the snow banks. It is important to respect the signage as tow trucks precede snow removal crews to remove vehicles, and tickets may be issued.

It is also worth taking note that on-street parking is prohibited on the territory from midnight to 6 am between November 15th and April 15th.

Priorities for your safety

It goes without saying that during the period of snow removal the collection of snow and spreading of melters and abrasives on roads and sidewalks varies depending on weather conditions. However, whatever the conditions, the City makes every effort to permit the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians as soon as possible in a priority order that begins with the main roads, schools and public places, followed by secondary and side streets.

Did you know…

The most expensive aspect of snow removal is the transportation of collected snow. To reduce costs, the City projects snow onto the land bordering the streets. In addition to this, local municipalities may project snow that covers a public road onto adjoining private land under section 69 of the Municipal Powers Act.

A snow-covered fire hydrant is not practical in the case of an emergency. If there is one on your property, consider your safety and that of your family while helping your fire department by clearing it of snow.


Notwithstanding any general or special law, no municipality can be held responsible for injuries resulting from an accident that takes place on the sidewalks, streets, roads, pedestrian and bike paths, due to snow or ice, unless the claimant establishes that the accident was caused by the negligence or fault of the municipality, the court taking into consideration the climate conditions.

Thank you for your cooperation and happy shovelling!