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How Markham Manages Snow Removal

Important Message About Winter Parking During Snow Clearing

All parking on both sides of all City streets is prohibited during snow clearing operations. Existing parking permits and overnight exemptions held by residents are not valid during snow clearing operations.

Residents can expect snow clearing to begin at the start of any snowfall and continue for up to the next 24 hours.

Check our Winter Operations webpage to find out when snow clearing operations have started and ended. On-street parking can resume in accordance with City parking regulations once snow clearing operations are complete.

Vehicles parked on a city street during snow clearing operations will be ticketed and/or towed. The fine for “Interfering with Snow Removal” is $150.

Between November 15 and April 15, and only when snow clearing operations are not in effect, vehicles may only be parked on the odd numbered side of city streets, unless posted signs indicate otherwise.

For more information call our Customer Contact Centre at 905-477-5530 or customerservice@markham.ca.

Road Classification and Snow Removal Standards

Our roads are plowed, salted or sanded based on a roads classification system which prioritizes all roads maintained by the City of Markham. Roads not maintained by the City of Markham are maintained by the organization that owns the road. For a listing of which organization owns which road in Markham, view our Roads e-Map.

Arterial

Arterial roads carry large volumes of traffic. Examples include transit and emergency routes for ambulance, fire, and police.

Arterial Roads Snow Removal Standard

Roads are salted and/or plowed until pavement is bare 24 hours/day, 7 days/week throughout the winter season.

Primary

Primary roads distribute traffic to both City and Regional arterial roads. They provide access to schools, churches, community centers and industrial/commercial areas. Examples of primary roads: Wootten Way, Carlton Road, Denison Street, John Street.

Primary Road Snow Removal Standard

Roads are salted and/or plowed until pavement is bare 24 hours/day, 7 days/week throughout the winter season.

Secondary

Secondary roads distribute traffic onto to primary roads. They include roads with extreme hills, curves and access points.

Secondary Road Snow Removal Standard

Roads are salted and/or plowed as required until the centre width of the pavement is bare 7 AM – 6 PM, 7 days/week throughout the winter season.

Local Roads & Lanes

Local roads generally carry very low volumes of traffic and are not intended to carry through traffic. Lanes provide access to garages and parking spaces at the rear of homes and business.

Local Roads & Rear Lanes Snow Removal Standard

It is acceptable for local roads and lanes to be snow-packed. Plowing will be carried out only when snow accumulations reach or exceed 7.5cm. If the snowfall is continuing, plowing will begin once snowfall ceases or accumulations exceed 12cm. Normal plowing operations may take approximately 16 hours. Snow plowing will continue until all local roads are completed.

Cul-de-sacs are plowed to ensure access by residents, service and emergency vehicles is maintained. A follow-up cleaning using front-end loaders clears the outside boundaries of the cul-de-sac, piling snow toward the centre of the circle. This snow remains in the centre until it exceeds the storage capacity of the cul-de-sac, at which point it will be removed by City crews. City staff monitor this on an ongoing basis throughout the season.

Sidewalks

All sidewalks are plowed within 24hrs of the end of a snowfall when accumulations reach 5cm or more. Priority service is provided according to the road classification, beginning with sidewalks along arterial and primary roads, followed by secondary and residential sidewalks. Special attention is given to sidewalks near schools and bus stops. Plowing and sanding may take approx. 14 hours to complete.

Municipal Community Centres and Parking Lots

Appropriate material (i.e. salt, sand or de-icing material) will be applied to designated areas. Staff review weather conditions, and consider sustainable and environmental factors in determining which material is most appropriate. Plowing will begin when there is a minimum of 5cm of snow cover.

Windrow Removal Service

This is a service available to qualified registered residents only.

The City of Markham will clear the centre portion of the driveway windrow (the snow bank created by City plowing services) at the base of driveways of qualified residents who are over 60 years of age or have a disability. The path cleared will equal the width of a standard vehicle. The windrow removal service will be completed within eight (8) hours of the street snowplow passing the resident’s driveway. For more information on the service and whether you qualify, visit Snow Windrow Removal Assistance Program or download the Snow Windrow Removal Application [PDF].

This service does not include clearing the remainder of snow from private approaches to residence or driveways or the windrow left by the sidewalk plow.

Tip: when shoveling, ile snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the road). This helps minimize the size of the windrow (ridge of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway).

Bus Stops

York Region Transit is responsible for maintaining all bus stop shelters. Please direct all concerns to the York Region Call Centre at 905-762-2100.

Super Mailboxes

Canada Post is responsible for the general upkeep, litter control and snow clearing of all mailboxes and their immediate surrounding area. Please direct all related issues to Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.