It’s no secret that winter in Brampton brings snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Even though winter weather sometimes arrives earlier than expected, the city is prepared.
“Whether this is your first winter in Brampton or you’ve been here all your life, snow is one thing that affects everyone,” said Bruce Zvaniga, public works commisioner. “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. 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.”

Here’s what you need to know this winter season.

When it snows in Brampton, the first priority for city crews is to salt and plow primary roads. Those are main roads that carry higher volumes of traffic, are on a Brampton Transit/Züm bus route, or have a Peel separate or public school on them. The roads are salted and, then, plowed continuously.

Once primary roads are cleared, crews begin salting residential streets. Those are neighbourhood streets that carry lower volumes of traffic.

There are two things to keep in mind about plowing operations on residential streets. They are only plowed when at least 7.5 cm (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/Züm route; in front of a city park or facility; behind your property; and curb-faced (no grass boulevard between the sidewalk and road). All other sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner.

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.

Residents can make a difference by clearing the sidewalk in front of and beside your home by 11 a.m. the day after a snowfall and by not shoveling 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 there. Remember, if a snowplow can’t get down a street, neither can a fire truck.

Visit brampton.ca/snow for more winter information, including 24/7 snow-clearing status updates. Visit brampton.ca/prepared for tips on developing an emergency plan, putting together emergency kits for your home and car and staying safe while shoveling.

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