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Here’s what you need to know about winter weather operations in Brampton

BRAMPTON, ON – It’s no secret that winter in Brampton brings snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Though winter weather sometimes arrives earlier than expected, the City is prepared. Here’s what you need to know this winter season.

What does the City do when it snows?
When it snows in Brampton, the first priority for City crews is to salt and plow primary roads. These are main roads that carry higher volumes of traffic, are on a Brampton Transit/Züm bus route, or have a Peel separate or public school on them. These roads are salted and then plowed continuously.

Once primary roads are cleared, crews begin salting residential streets. These are neighbourhood streets that carry lower volumes of traffic.

There are two things to keep in mind about plowing operations on residential streets:
• They are only plowed when at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) of snow falls in a single storm. That’s the diameter of a hockey puck, or a bit bigger than a cricket ball. 
• They are not plowed to bare pavement like main roads. It’s normal for some snow to stay on the ground, even when the street has been plowed.

The City also plows and sands recreational trails in parks, as well as sidewalks that are:
• on a primary road
• on a Brampton Transit/Züm route
• in front of a City park or facility
• behind your property
• curb-faced (no grass boulevard between the sidewalk and road)

All other sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner.

Crews aim to have all roads, sidewalks and recreational trails maintained within 24 hours after a snowfall ends, but it might take longer if weather conditions are severe. We thank all residents for their patience.

You can make a difference!
• Clear the sidewalk in front of and beside your home by 11 am the day after a snowfall
• Don’t shovel snow from your property onto the road or sidewalk
• On waste collection day, clear a spot for your carts at the bottom of your driveway or on the boulevard just behind the curb. Don’t place them on the sidewalk or road.

• When it snows, don’t park on the street until it has been salted or plowed. Crews can’t properly plow a street when cars are parked on it. And remember – if a snowplow can’t get down a street, neither can a fire truck.

Stay connected
• Visit for more winter information, including 24/7 snow clearing status updates
• Visit for tips on developing an emergency plan, putting together emergency kits for your home and car and staying safe while shoveling.
• Follow @CityBrampton on Twitter and like City of Brampton on Facebook


“Whether you can’t wait to hit the slopes, or you’d rather be on a beach, the winter weather is here to stay. Rest assured, the City is ready – equipment is on standby, and salt has been stockpiled. Make sure you’re ready too. We all have a part to play in making this a safe and enjoyable winter season.”
-  Mayor Linda Jeffrey

“Whether this is your first winter in Brampton or you’ve been here all your life, snow is one thing that affects everyone. That’s why we’ve worked hard to make sure we’re ready, with a full operations plan in place. There is no other regular event that involves such a large coordinated response from the City – there are hundreds of employees responding during a snow event, from the crews you see clearing the snow to the customer service associates at 311. We’re all working together to make sure Brampton residents can get around safely this winter.”
- Bruce Zvaniga, Commissioner, Public Works and Engineering



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Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator, City of Brampton