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Title:Clear the way this winter

The City of Oshawa asks residents, businesses and landlords to help their community by clearing the way.

Property owners are reminded to completely clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their properties by midnight of the first day after precipitation has ended and to continue to clear as often as necessary if it remains or becomes slippery again. Clearing the entire sidewalk will allow for pedestrians, strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs to pass freely.

 Those who own a corner lot property with a sidewalk are also responsible for clearing snow windrows that occur where the sidewalk meets the road. Windrows are unavoidable and occur during road plowing – clearing them will allow pedestrians to pass freely.

Furthermore, if you have a fire hydrant in front of your home or business, please remove accumulations of snow and ice around it. Oshawa Fire Services also advises that residents, businesses and landlords remove snow accumulations around exit doors and furnace vents. It is crucial that all exit doors, stairways and fire escapes remain clear from snow accumulation.

In order to facilitate snow clearing and salting operations, on-street parking in Oshawa is prohibited between the hours of 3 am and 6 am from December 1 to April 1. In addition, vehicles parked in a manner at any time that present an obstacle to snow clearing operations may be tagged and/or towed.

Furthermore, residents are reminded that Occasional Use Parking Permits exempt vehicles from the general 3-hour and winter 3 am to 6 am regulations only. All other by-laws still apply, including that vehicles cannot be parked at any time so as to interfere with snow clearing activities.

For up-to-date information on snow plowing and salting operations on City roads, Snow Clearing Activity Reports are available online at During a winter snowstorm, these reports are issued twice a day.

For more information on snow clearing/salting operations, visit or call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

For details on fire safety, visit