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December 24, 2008
City seeks public assistance as snow ploughing and removal continues
The City of Toronto is seeking the public’s assistance as it continues its efforts to plough and remove snow from streets and sidewalks.

With temperatures expected to rise, the public is reminded to, wherever possible, clear the catch basins in front of their homes of any build up of ice and snow and to continue to shovel snow onto private property - not city streets - to help snow clearing and removal operations.

The public is also asked to clear snow around fire hydrants.

The City of Toronto’s 600 snow ploughs, 300 sidewalk ploughs and 200 salt trucks will continue to plough snow from City streets following the most recent snowfall. Snow ploughing will be taking place on local roads throughout the day today with operations expected to be completed by midnight tonight.

In addition, the City will continue to remove snow from some of Toronto’s residential streets (narrow streets with on-street parking), street car routes and dead end streets. Removal of the snow in specific areas is required to ensure public safety for pedestrians and the disabled, provide accessibility for emergency and waste collection vehicles, and the proper and safe movement of traffic in areas where narrow roads mean that any further snowfall will make roads more difficult to travel.

Snow removal involves the physical removal of the snow from the side of the street after plowing has taken place. If residents move parked cars from these streets, that can greatly help with the City’s snow removal effort.

The City’s snow clearing level of service begins prior to a snowfall when salt trucks take to the streets. After three centimetres of snow has fallen, the City begins ploughing the expressways and ploughing takes place on main roads after the snow has reached five centimetres. Local road ploughing is initiated after eight centimetres of snow has fallen and it usually takes between 15 and 20 hours, after the end of the snowfall to be completed.

The City ploughs snow from sidewalks on many streets after eight centimetres of snow has fallen and, when conditions warrant, sidewalk machines may be sent out earlier to spread a sand/salt mixture if ice build up occurs. Driveway windrow opening is provided to many residential properties following roadway ploughing.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-553-1076 (cell),



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