Sidewalk plows clear about 6,400 km of Toronto’s 7,900 km of sidewalk. In older parts of Toronto, narrow sidewalks, obstructions and obstacles prevent plows from working safely.
View a map of sidewalk snow clearing in the City.
A detailed Sidewalk and Transit Snow Clearing Level of Service table is available for viewing.
The following district maps show what streets have their sidewalks mechanically cleared:
Here is a brief description of what you can expect and some helpful numbers to call if you require assistance.
Where sidewalk plowing is not available, home owners and property owners are responsible for clearing ice and snow from nearby/adjacent sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 12 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles (see Property Standards Bylaw).
Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business helps keep neighbours and communities safer for everyone when it snows.
Please contact 311 to report a property owner who did not clear their sidewalk.
Fines for not clearing sidewalks
The fine for not clearing snow from private property is $455 plus a $115 surcharge, total of $570.
The fine for not clearing snow from public property is $100 plus $25 surcharge, total of $125, as per the City’s Snow and Ice Clearing Bylaw.
When the City is not able to clear public sidewalks within 12 hours of snowfall, property owners are responsible to clear public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 12 hours of snowfall.
The City offers a sidewalk clearing service for seniors and people with a disability who live in any area where sidewalks cannot be plowed.
Please download and complete the application form (below) and submit it to us along with the required documentation.
Already registered for the program? You will be automatically renewed.
If you have any questions about the form, the service or are unable to print the form, please contact 311.
Toronto has about 7,900 km of sidewalks and approximately 1,400 km (17.7 percent), are not mechanically cleared of snow and ice by the City.
Under the current program, the City does not provide mechanical sidewalk clearing if:
The City is conducting a trial, using new technology and smaller plows, to test the feasibility and effectiveness of using new equipment to clear narrower sidewalks.
Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial
The City will begin the Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial on the ﬁrst snowfall following January 27th, 2020.
For the trial, the City purchased eight smaller sidewalk plows which will plow approximately 200 km of sidewalks in total. Each of these plows will be assigned two routes ranging from 9-15 km of sidewalk. These plows will be deployed whenever 2 cm of snow accumulates, which is the same threshold to activate our sidewalk plows on the existing routes. When deployed, each plow will complete one route per day, which means that in response to a winter event it will take two days to complete one full round of snow clearing on the trial sidewalks.
Currently, seniors or persons with disabilities who live in a part of the city without mechanical sidewalk clearing can apply for inclusion in a program that brings City workers to clear their sidewalks manually. This trial will bring mechanical clearing to 1,443 houses enrolled in that program, making the program more efﬁcient while also providing a large enough area to effectively evaluate the equipment. Transportation Services will continue manually clearing sidewalks for seniors or persons with disabilities whose households were not included in this trial.
The routes have been designed to capture the most houses possible enrolled in the seniors or people with disabilities snow clearing program. Although the trial is focused on clearing houses enrolled in that program, operators will clear the entire length of sidewalk on that block, where possible. This means a greater length of sidewalk will be cleared, and snow clearing will be continuous on each block. This will allow a better evaluation of the effectiveness of the new plows.
In addition to evaluating new equipment, staff are also working to complete a full inventory of sidewalk widths, obstructions and other obstacles, such as utility poles, planters, retaining walls and on-street parking adjacent to the sidewalk. Staff will use this inventory, the results of the sidewalk snow clearing trial, and other analysis to determine whether it is possible to bring mechanical sidewalk clearing to parts of the city that do not currently receive it, and if possible, what resources would be required.