Major Snow Event
Major Snow Storm Condition
The Mayor and the General Manager of Transportation Services have the authority to declare a major snow storm condition. When a major snow storm condition is declared, parking on roads designated as snow routes is prohibited for a period of 72 hours. This is to permit the prompt and efficient clearing of snow along these routes. The declaration may be terminated sooner than 72 hours or it may be extended for a further period of time at the discretion of the General Manager of Transportation Services.
Designated snow routes are primarily located in the downtown core and include all streetcar routes. They are all clearly signed. Parking on a designated snow route during a major snow event is subject to a fine of up to $200. A list of streets and a map show the streets that are impacted by the declaration of a major snow storm condition.
The declaration of a major snow storm condition will be publicized in the media. When a major snow storm condition is in effect, we encourage you to leave your vehicle at home and use public transit where possible.
Police, 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 major snow storm condition 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.
Transportation Services may place temporary signs to notify the public of impending snow removal operations. Where such signs are posted, parking on that road is prohibited until snow removal has been completed and the signs removed.
The snow removal operations shall take place either during the daytime from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or during the evening from 7 p.m. of one day to 7 a.m. of the next day and the required temporary signage shall be posted by 8 p.m. of the previous day for daytime snow removal operations and by 3 p.m. of the same day for evening operations.