Snow Clearing



When snow begins to accumulate, primary and secondary roads are cleared first to ensure that you, and emergency service vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances, can safely travel to hospitals, schools and work, and get to public transportation systems during or immediately after a snowfall.

Residential streets are plowed only after snow accumulates in excess of 7.5 centimetres (3 inches).

When all streets require plowing, they are to be cleared within 24 hours after the end of the storm. Heavy snowfalls or successive storms can sometimes extend this period longer than 24 hours.

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Sidewalks are cleared only after snow accumulates in excess of five centimetres, and only after roads are cleared. Sidewalks located on primary and secondary roads with schools are plowed first, followed by residential sidewalks. Sidewalk salting and sanding is done only on primary and secondary sidewalks when extremely slippery conditions exist.

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Salting/sanding roads

Sand/salt trucks are dispatched at the start of a snowfall and at the first sign of roads beginning to ice. Review the snow clearing road priority map (pdf, 674 kB) for all primary, secondary and residential roads.

Primary roads

Streets with the greatest volume of traffic, called primary roads, are salted or sanded first.

Secondary roads

Secondary roads that lead to primary roads are salted or sanded next.

Residential streets

Residential streets generally receive sand/salt treatment at intersections, hills and sharp curves.

Report snow related concerns/damage caused by plow

Call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). You can also get 24-hour information by calling the town's snow information line at 905-815-5999.

To report damage caused by a sidewalk or road plow, please use the Report a Problem tool.

How you can help

  • Remove snow from fire hydrants and drainage catch basins near your property.
  • Remove plowed snow at the end of your driveway. Snowplow operators must push snow to the curb or shoulder, possibly covering recently shovelled driveways.
  • Park vehicles off the street when possible. By-law 1984-1 prohibits parking of vehicles on town streets between 2 and 6 a.m. from November 15 to April 15.

Having guests?

Temporary On-Street Parking Permits are available for visitor/guest parking when parking requirements temporarily exceed parking provisions. Request a temporary on-street parking permit or visit the Parking Permits page for more information.