You have 12 hours to clear your sidewalk after a snowfall before you're fined

Dec 22 2017, 5:38 pm

It’s winter now, and snow will be falling pretty much for the next three months.

And while the City of Toronto has active plows and snow removing services throughout snowstorms, residents have the responsibility to clear snow on their properties.

“In much of Toronto, the City provides mechanical sidewalk snow clearing. But in some parts of Toronto, (mainly the core area), the city is unable to provide this service,” states the City’s website.

“That’s why we’re asking all residents and business owners in those areas to clear the ice and snow from sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 12 hours of a snowfall.”

Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business will make it safer for everyone, and will avoid you a hefty fine.

Failure to clear snow off your property within the 12 hours could result in a fine of $100.00 plus $25.00 surcharge, total $125.00 as per Municipal Code Chapter 719.

So be a good neighbour and get that shovel out.

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