Transportation may declare a snow emergency when a significant
amount of snow falls within an eight hour period. During a snow
emergency, it is illegal to park or stop on a snow route. A fine
and towing may result.
of a snow emergency will be publicized in the media. Snow
emergencies remain in force for at least 72 hours but may be
extended if required. We encourage you to leave your vehicle
at home and to use public transit during
a snow emergency. If you must drive to your destination, use
a Snow Route, as they have snow removal priority.
fire and ambulance services rely on clear roads to respond
quickly to emergencies. Toronto Transportation is responsible
for moving vehicles that delay our crews or hinder snow-clearing
operations, even when a snow emergency has not been declared
or when a vehicle is legally parked. In these instances vehicles
are usually towed to an adjacent street. Call Toronto
Police Service at 416-808-2222 to locate a vehicle that
has been towed from a major arterial roadway. Illegally parked
vehicles may be tagged, towed and impounded.