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Snow Clearing Responsibilities

The City of Oshawa’s Responsibilities:

  • Closely monitor weather forecasts, observe conditions and be ready to respond if there is a high probability of a storm.
  • Deploy the full snow clearing shift during a storm, with crews remaining on 24-hour coverage until the storm is over and clean-up is completed.
  • Aim to achieve complete clearing within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall.
  • Offer senior citizens and residents with accessibility issues a snow clearing assistance program for municipal sidewalks and driveway windrows after snowstorms, once the roads have been cleared.
  • Residents can stay informed on snow removal in the city by accessing Snow Clearing Activity Report updates. During a winter snowstorm, these reports are issued three times a day: Snow Clearing Activity Reports

  • NOTE: The Region of Durham maintains all Regional roads within the City of Oshawa. For more information, visit the Durham Region website.

Your Responsibilities:

  • To clear the snow from municipal sidewalks adjacent to your property no later than midnight of the first day after the fall of snow or any other precipitation has ended, and to clear the windrows from the ends of residential driveways and business entrances.
  • Do not shovel snow back onto the street as this creates unsafe road conditions for motorists. The Highway Traffic Act prohibits this action. If you do shovel the snow onto the street, you may be fined and held liable in case of an accident.
  • Receive weather conditions and advisories by turning radios to 94.9 FM, KX96 FM and 1580 AM or local television station Rogers TV 10 or online at

Questions regarding the snow clearing assistance program should be directed to Service Oshawa.

Location: Service Oshawa
1st Floor, West Wing, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z7
Phone: 905-436-3311
Toll Free: 1-800-667-4292
TTY: 905-436-5627
Hours: Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.