Snow clearing

Looking for what roads have been plowed?

Follow our progress with the snow plow tracker or call our Snow Clearing Information line at 905-815-5999.

Types of snow clearing

Snow plow

Snow plow


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

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

To get information about what roads have been plowed, use our PlowOakville snow plow tracker or call our Snow Clearing Information line at 905-815-5999.

Snow plow tracker

Road salt

Road salt


Sand/salt trucks are dispatched at the start of a snowfall and at the first sign of roads beginning to ice.

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.

Road priority map (pdf)

Plowed sidewalk

Plowed sidewalk


Sidewalks on primary and secondary roads are cleared only after snow accumulates in excess of five centimetres, and only after roads are cleared.

Residential sidewalks are cleared after eight centimetres of snow accumulates.

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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Report a Problem

Report damage by a plow or poor road and sidewalk conditions.

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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. However, during a snowstorm a permit will not be valid for use on the road.

Request a temporary parking permit or visit the Parking Permits page for more details.

Be salt smart this winter

Help protect the environment by using less salt

Road salt works well to melt ice and snow around your property but it also has long-term impacts on the environment. Check out these green-friendly tips to clear your driveways, walkways and sidewalks and keep safe while using less salt!

  • Before snow falls or temperatures drop to freezing, spread a small amount of salt on your driveway/walkways to help stop ice and snow from sticking to the surface.
  • Clear snow and ice from your driveway and walkways as soon as possible – this helps reduce ice build-up and means you can use less salt.
  • After a snowfall, salt should only be used once snow has been removed and only on areas needed to ensure safety.
  • Salt is less effective at temperatures below -10C. Alternatives like sand, grit, non-clumping kitty litter or magnesium chloride can be use when it’s too cold for salt to work.

Salt Management Plan

Road salts (primarily sodium chloride) are the conventional de-icing/anti-icing chemicals for maintaining winter safety because of their cost, effectiveness and ease of handling. The amount of salt used is a function of level of service policies and budgets, the transportation network, weather conditions and operational practices. The use of salt has adverse environmental impacts. A Salt Management Plan provides the means through which an organization commits to implementing salt best management practices as it fulfills its obligation to provide safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation systems. The Town of Oakville Salt Management Plan will continue to provide the public with the safe and efficient transportation systems they expect, while minimizing effects on the environment through prudent salt use.

Oakville Salt Management Plan 2018 (pdf)

More information

Weather-Related Closures and Cancellations
Driveway Snow Windrow Clearing Program
Snow removal Frequently Asked Questions