City services | November 18, 2022
Life doesn’t stop when it snows and with winter weather on the way, the City’s winter crews are ready to respond to snowfall all season long to keep you moving safely.
“Winter storms with heavier snowfalls are becoming the new normal in Mississauga. Our crews are ready to respond so that you can continue moving safely, easily and quickly around our city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “When winter weather hits, we all should do our part to keep each other safe and support our crews as they do their critical work. Please be patient, lend a helping hand to your neighbours, give plows lots of space and drive according to weather conditions.”
The City is responsible for clearing snow and ice on City-owned infrastructure, including:
City staff are also responsible for providing winter maintenance at City facilities including community centres, libraries, and some park parking lots, paved pathways and trails. The Region of Peel is responsible for clearing most regional roads in Mississauga, which are main roads with higher speeds and more traffic than local residential roads.
“Each winter, it’s our priority to keep you moving in the manner that you choose, whether that’s by vehicle, transit, bike, foot, mobility device or any other form of active transportation,” said Helen Noehammer, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance. “While the amount of time it takes to treat and clear infrastructure depends on how much it snows, it can take 12 to 24 hours to clear our priority infrastructure after the snow has stopped. This infrastructure includes priority roads, which are routes for emergency vehicles, public transit, and high traffic volume, and priority sidewalks, which are located along major roads or bus routes or outside of schools, hospitals or long-term care homes. Bus stops, roadside multi-use trails, pedestrian crossings and on-street bike lanes are also cleared during this time. We then move on to clearing residential roads, which are cleared within 24 to 36 hours after the snow has stopped.”
During severe winter events, the City may declare a Significant Weather Event, allowing crews more time to deploy winter equipment to address a significant winter storm. Service level timing starts after the declaration has lifted, instead of when the snow stops.
“The major snowfalls we experienced last winter confirmed that our new winter maintenance contract has the right type and amount of equipment to meet our snow-clearing needs and get the job done,” added Noehammer. “Going into this season, we’ve updated some of our routes and how we deploy our equipment and resources to allow for continuous, 24/7 snow clearing. After every snow-clearing event, our staff debrief together as an opportunity to find efficiencies to improve efforts.”
Residents are reminded to help with snow clearing efforts by:
Stay up-to-date on snow clearing in Mississauga:
Snow Safety Tips
This winter, take the following actions to ensure your safety and the safety of others:
Winter Maintenance Season B-Roll