Based on the lessons learned over the 2016/2017 winter, the City and Vancouver Park Board have adopted recommendations for improvements to enhance service to residents when snow falls.

“As Mayor, I take snow and ice removal seriously and this year, the City has boosted its snow response plan to ensure we’re as ready as we can be for cold winter weather,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Our priority is ensuring main arterials and pedestrian paths are free of snow and ice, to keep streets clear and safe for all users. While the City has invested more resources and equipment this year, I also strongly encourage all residents to plan ahead to be well prepared for winter weather.”

Improvements include expanded coverage locations, increased salt storage, and prioritized service response times.

The City has also added new vehicles to the fleet that are adaptable for use in all seasons. The vehicles will enable crews to access some neighbourhoods and lanes more easily to support garbage and green bin collection.

As part of its operational procedures, the City has a comprehensive snow response plan in place. Crews are on 24 hours a day and work with a meteorologist for tailored Vancouver-specific weather predictions. When snow or freezing temperatures are predicted, engineering crews ensure that streets are salted, brined, or plowed depending on the conditions.

Last modified: November 15, 2017

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