Joe Mihevc is Toronto’s city councillor representing Ward 21, St. Paul’s West. He is an advocate for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets.

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Snow clearing for seniors and disabled residents in Toronto

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home in areas where the service is not provided by a machine.

The City of Toronto provides sidewalk snow clearing in most of Toronto, however there are areas – mostly in older, central parts of the city – where equipment is unable to clear sidewalks due to insufficient sidewalk width for the plows, lack of boulevard space for snow storage and on-street parking.

For more information and a map outlining the areas where the City provides mechanical sidewalk snow clearing, click here.

Seniors and disabled residents living in areas where the city does not clear sidewalks are asked to contact 311 to register for the program. Please note that the service applies to the sidewalk in front of your home and does not include driveways or walkways leading up to the home.

All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service.

City of Toronto gearing up for winter

After one of the most challenging winters in recent memory last winter, the City of Toronto is getting ready to once again deal with snow and ice on city streets.

The infrastructure beneath the streets also feels the chill. Cold weather and rapid swings between thaw and freezing temperatures put water pipes under stress. Crews are ready to respond to watermain breaks 24/7, 365 days a year. The City is also offering tips to residents to prepare the pipes in their home for winter’s onslaught.

Our fleet of equipment consists of 600 snow plows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks.

The City’s first priority during a snowfall is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles. After that, crews move on to the local roads and usually complete clearing these roads between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends.

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads. Local roads and laneways are salted soon after this. When 2.5 centimetres of snow has accumulated, plowing will begin on the expressways and, when five centimetres has accumulated, plowing will begin on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads will continue until the operation is complete. Read more