Here's what you need to know about snow removal in Montreal

Jan 18 2021, 3:34 pm

After the first major snowfall of the new year struck Montreal this past weekend, locals can now add tricky snow removal operations to their list of pesky winter annoyances.

From finding places to park (and not park), how snow removal will work under curfew, and the city’s snow-clearing schedule, here are a few important things to keep in your winter coat pocket as we officially enter snow removal season.

First and foremost, driving when it’s snowing in Montreal can be disastrous but trying to find a free parking spot is even worse.

To facilitate snow-clearing operations throughout the winter, the Agence de mobilité durable and the Ville de Montréal will make 1,212 free parking spots available in certain parking areas.

The rules are simple: As soon as the city of Montreal orders the loading of snow, residents can park their vehicles for free in any of the designated parking lots (listed below) as of 3 pm.

They must be sure to park only in designated spaces, avoiding areas reserved for permit holders. They must also remove their vehicles from the parking lots by 7 am the following day, when regular parking operations will resume.

The following parking lots are available for parking during snow loading:

For more information, visit the Stationnement de Montréal website.

No. Location Total places available Restrictions Google Map
335 Fleury between Chambord and Sacré-Coeur 22 Hourly spaces Open
139 Sherbrooke between Calixa-Lavallée and Parc Lafontaine 113 Hourly spaces Open
270 St-Dominique between Bernard and St-Viateur 43 Except reserved places Open
24 Boyer between Beaubien and St-Zotique 100 Open
73 6th Avenue between Dandurand and Masson 17 Southside only
Time section
75 8th Avenue between Dandurand and Masson 27 Open
191 St-André between Jean-Talon and Bélanger 45 Open
302 St-André between Beaubien East and Bellechasse 19 Open
303 St-André between Beaubien and Bellechasse 31 Except reserved spaces Open
243 Trinitarians north of the Vérendrye 735 Open
207 Notre-Dame between De l’Inspecteur and De la Cathédrale 36 West Side Only
Hourly spaces
400 Mansfield côté ouest between St-Antoine and St-Jacques 24 Open

The Ville de Montréal also has a “snow removal operations map” where citizens can see when your street will be cleared of snow. It shows planning for snow removal operations and incentive parking lots, where you can park your car for free during snow removal operations.

Montrealers can also download the Info-Neige MTL app (or visit the website), which alerts drivers of the snow removal status of their most-frequented streets and shows percentages of how much of the snow removal has been completed.

In general, Montreal boroughs put up temporary no parking signs before 3 pm for snow removal operations that take place between 7 pm and 7 am of that day. When no parking signs are placed before 8 pm, that’s for operations from 7 am to 7 pm the following day.

City crews place salt on sidewalks as soon as they start to get slippery and plow sidewalks when more than 2.5 cm of powder has accumulated.

Throughout Montreal, it is prohibited to clear snow onto the sidewalks or streets from private property.

Snow removal companies also need a permit to be authorized to dump snow in specific spots across the island.

Happy snow removal, Montreal! You might be best suited to just stay inside until April.

DH Montreal StaffDH Montreal Staff

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