What is a windrow?

Not to be confused with “window cleaning,” windrow clearing is a top service provided in Vaughan

The City of Vaughan provides windrow-clearing service for all residential driveways.

Windrow machines are designed to clear about 80 per cent of snow left by plows at the end of the driveway within four hours after the plow has passed. Due to the limited size and reach of the windrow-clearing units, they can only clear a portion of the driveway entrance. The service does not clear windrows left by sidewalk plows, hardened snow, ice or the entire driveway.

Road Plow Windrow 2

Regional vs. municipal roads – who’s responsible for what?

The Regional Municipality of York has a big role to play when it comes to plowing major streets in the City of Vaughan, like Bathurst Street, Dufferin Street, Keele Street and Major Mackenzie Drive, to name a few. This interactive map highlights (in red) all the local regional roads that are plowed by the Region.

Do you live on a regional road that hasn’t been plowed yet? Here are all the ways you can contact the Region to get your snowplow update:

Road Plow Windrow

Windrow clearing on regional roads

The Region plows the streets for Vaughan residents living on regional roads. The City of Vaughan does provide windrow-clearing service to residents living along regional roads, but only when the plows are out working in the immediate area. The Region plows regional roads multiple times during and after a snow event. If the windrow was cleared and the Region plows the street again, the City does not go back to clear the windrow again.

How you can help

The community has a role to play. Residents must remove anything that may interfere with or be hazardous to plow crews. This includes vehicles and landscaping features like fencing, hedges, basketball nets, decorative stones, pots, bird baths, etc. Read more about this by-law.

Residents are responsible for clearing snow that falls back onto the driveway after the windrow machine has passed.

Learn more about all the ways you can do your part during the winter season.

Our goals for snow clearing

Our goal is to have all roads cleared within 16 hours after snowfall has ended and to have windrows cleared within four hours after snowplows have passed.

Please keep in mind that these services may be impacted by a number of factors, including heavy snowfall, cars parked on streets — which make it difficult for snowplows to clear the roads — and cars parked on driveways that are too close to or hanging over the curb.



Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

2 thoughts on “What is a windrow?

    • Hi Jacob, the City of Vaughan plows sidewalks located on public property. A majority of Promenade Circle is actually private road. The City only maintains a small portion of sidewalk located on Promenade Circle. The City is only responsible for plowing sidewalks on the south side of West Promenade and east side of South Promenade.


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