City of Toronto initiated a phased-in plan in 2000 that
resulted in a comprehensive and standardized level of snow clearing
and removal service across the city. The plan helps us
to respond to snow emergencies like
snowfall Toronto received in January 1999.
The plan calls
for an expanded sidewalk clearing program, by-laws for snow
and towing vehicles obstructing snow removal operations on local
streets, and residential driveway windrow opening (snow banks
left by snow plows at the end of driveways) where practical.
of the plan included:
of all sidewalks, where possible with a mechanical snow
- opening windrows
across single family residential driveways except in areas
where driveway windrows can not be opened due to on-street
parking or lack of snow storage space.
- a consolidated
snow emergency by-law with the addition of new snow emergency
routes with a provision to exempt cleared locations once
snow is removed
TTC and municipal staff to aid with enforcement of snow emergency
- a by-law
to temporarily prohibit parking on local street to facilitate
by-law requiring property owners to clear sidewalks of snow and ice
within 12 hours of a snowfall, with failure to do so resulting
in a fine of $105.