Vaughan is ready for winter!

Snow falls in Vaughan
This past weekend marked the first big snowfall of the season with some areas of the Greater Toronto Area receiving up to 30 centimetres of snow. Before the City of Vaughan was blanketed in snow, our winter maintenance crews were out in full force carrying out a complete salting operation to ensure one round of salt was on each street before the heaviest snowfall began. And, of course, it wasn’t long before the plows were out and about clearing the roads to ensure residents could travel safely.

Did you know?

  • Road plowing begins once more than five centimetres (two inches) of snow have accumulated on the road.
  • Plowing is based on a priority system and roads are plowed in the following order:
1. Primary roads – includes roads with heavy traffic volumes, steep hills, sharp curves or connecting roads that provide access to a majority of secondary roads
2. Secondary roads – includes roads with low traffic volumes and all other residential streets
3. Rear laneways
  • Services include sidewalk snow plowing, road plowing, windrow clearing and salting.
  • Vaughan is the only municipality in the Greater Toronto Area that provides windrow clearing service to all residents. The City’s windrow clearing program is designed to clear about 80 per cent of the snow left at the end of your driveway after the snow plow clears the road.
  • The City’s goal is to plow all roads within 16 hours of a snowfall’s completion (heavy snow accumulation and cars parked on streets may impact that timeline). For more information, download the City’s service level objectives for winter maintenance.
  • The City uses a treated salt with additives that make it more effective than traditional salt over a broader temperature range. It reacts quicker and bounces less when hitting the road.
  • It is against the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (section 181) to shovel or deposit snow or ice from the driveway or sidewalk onto the street.

Doing your part

  • Don’t park your car on the street overnight or while snow plowing operations are underway. Overnight on-street parking is prohibited in Vaughan between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Place your garbage, recycling and composting containers on the right side of the driveway, set back about one metre (three feet) from the curb on collection days when the plow may be coming
  • Clear snow and ice from the sidewalk bordering your property
  • Keep fire hydrants near your home or business clear of snow
  • The City of Vaughan by-law no. 300-93 and amendment no. 56-96  require you to clear snow and ice from the City sidewalk bordering your property within 24 hours after a snowfall

Stay connected. Get involved.
Be sure to follow the hashtag #Vaughansnow on Twitter for winter maintenance updates and use it to give us your feedback on our winter operations.

During a storm, updates will be posted to the Vaughan website on Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also contact our call centre — Access Vaughan — at 905-832-2281 for more information.

Visit the Have Your Say page on to participate in our winter maintenance survey.

And check out what other residents have to say on Twitter and Facebook about Vaughan’s winter maintenance efforts:

  • #vaughansnow awesome job on the roads. Wish other cities were as good as Vaughan.
  • @City_of_Vaughan just so you know we had ambulance emerg early today. St was clear of snow. Thank god for snow crews Mrry xmas #vaughansnow

Drive safely!

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