Snow and Ice Control
What's Your Snow IQ?
Snow may be a rare occurrence in Burnaby, but occasionally we get a big dump of the white stuff. During winter conditions, everyone has a role to play to ensure streets and sidewalks are safe. What's your role?
Our Role as a City
During snow and ice conditions, the City of Burnaby's Engineering Department is prepared and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
City crews and equipment, along with contracted snow removal services, plow the following routes in order of priority:
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- Main arterial streets such as Lougheed, Kingsway and Canada Way
- Emergency response routes
- Bus routes and collector streets
- Streets bordering senior and long term care facilities
- Local roads with slopes that have only one outlet and limited access
- Local roads bordering elementary schools
- Snow accumulation on all other streets will be cleared only when the other priorities are met and resources are available
We clear in order of priority:
- Bus stops and wheelchair ramps along arterial streets and then collector streets.
- Sidewalks adjacent to municipal facilities such as libraries and community centres
- Pedestrian overpasses
Your Role as a Business or Resident
Residents and businesses play an important role during periods of snow and icy weather:
- Clear the Way. Businesses are required to remove accumulated snow from sidewalks bordering the property by 10:00 AM on any day in which the premises are open or occupied by the public. Residents are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property as soon as possible.
- Reduce Hazards. Do not shovel snow from sidewalks or driveways onto the roads as this creates a traffic hazards and interferes with drainage of melting snow.
- Help us by clearing snow from storm drains and fire hydrants. This will help drainage of melting snow and will ensure quick access to a hydrant in case of a fire. To locate a storm drain or fire hydrant on your street, see the Burnaby Map. (Navigation note: Storm drain information is found in the map layer: Engineering, Infrastructure, Storm, Catch Basins. Fire hydrants are found under the map layer: Engineering, Water, Water hydrants.)
- Be a Good Neighbour. Clear snow and ice from sidewalks can be a difficult task for our senior residents, or those with limited mobility. The City is no longer running its formal Snow Angels volunteer snow-shovelling program and is instead asking residents to take the initiative lend a helping hand to neighbours that may need assistance clearing snow and ice from sidewalks.
Our Role as a Community
Get in the know about snow by learning some smart tips to help get you through the winter season safely.
- Stay informed about the latest weather warnings and forecasts.
- Keep a shovel and bag of salt or sodium chloride handy for clearing your sidewalks and driveways of ice and snow.
- Do not use warm or hot water to clear areas of snow or ice.
- When shovelling snow, pile snow on your property – not on the sidewalk or street.
- Prepare an emergency kit for your home.
- Do not let children play in snow piles or roadside snow banks.
- Check on neighbours that may be in need of assistance.
- Take transit instead of driving.