Snow removal

The City of Guelph is committed to keeping our roads safe, and clear of snow and ice during the winter months with an effective winter maintenance service. These services include snow clearing and the spreading of salt or sand to:

  • 1,209 km of roadway
  • 657 km sidewalk
  • 61 crosswalks, crossings, steps, walkways
  • 650 bus stops
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Sand mix pick-up

Guelph residents may pick up sand mix for treating ice and snow on sidewalks and roadways during the winter season. Sand mix is available at 50 Municipal Street, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City asks that residents take only what is required for their immediate needs, as quantities may be limited at times of high demand.

Roads

In order to keep our city as safe as possible, streets are prioritized using criteria laid out in the Ontario Municipal Act, Ontario Regulation 239/02.

  • Arterial roads – also known as major through roads—are plowed first, within six hours after the snow fall has ended, and when the snow accumulates to 2.5 cm.
  • Collector roads – which connect to arterials, including bus routes and school zones—are cleared next, within 12 hours of the end of a snow storm, and when snow accumulates to 2.5 cm. Roads with higher traffic volume are cleared first.
  • Residential roads are pre-treated with sand and salt to ensure safety by providing traction while driving. Residential roads are cleared when 10 cm of snow accumulates and is completed within 24 hours of the end of a snow fall. Contractors are used to assist with a severe snow fall.

How can we help you?
Report a roadway snow or ice issue

Anti-icing

The Public Works department proactively applies a 23 per cent salt brine solution to road surfaces before an anticipated storm. The salt brine solution prevents the snow and ice from bonding to the road surface, allowing for easier plowing by Public Works crews.

The pre-wetting of granular salt with a 23 per cent salt brine solution allows the salt to react faster and reduces the bouncing affect of applying dry salt to the road surface.

Salt and sand routes

During or in anticipation of icy road conditions, sanding or salting operations are mobilized, and roads are treated in a priority sequence as listed below.
Salt routes – roads
Residential sand routes – roads

During the winter season, weather and road conditions are monitored by Public Works crews, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff is available and prepared to respond at any time to help keep our roads safe this winter.

Sidewalks

Sidewalks are prioritized based on pedestrian traffic volume and proximity to high use facilities, such as schools, hospitals, and public buildings.

  • High Priority — 237 km of sidewalk is cleared when 4 cm of snow accumulates and within 24 hours of the end of a storm.
  • Medium Priority — 85 km of sidewalk is cleared when 4 cm of snow accumulates and within two days of the end of a storm.
  • Residential — 335 km of sidewalk is cleared when 8 cm of snow accumulates and within four to five days of the end of a storm.

How can we help you?
Report a sidewalk snow or ice issue

Salt and sand routes

During or in anticipation of icy road conditions, sanding or salting operations are mobilized, and sidewalks are treated in a priority sequence as listed below.
Sand routes – Sidewalk
Sidewalk plowing routes

During the winter season, weather and road conditions are monitored by Public Works crews, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff is available and prepared to respond at any time to help keep our roads safe this winter.

Be a good neighbour, shovel your sidewalk.

During a heavy snowfall it can take the City up to five days to plow all of the sidewalks. Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business will make it safer for everyone. Keeping sidewalks free of snow and ice is important for everyone’s safety, particularly the elderly, children and people with disabilities. Be a good neighbour and help clear snow and ice for seniors and for those with special needs.

Latest weather update

For more information

Contact Public Works at 519-837-5628 or publicworks@guelph.ca.

The City of Guelph is committed to providing its winter control services in an accessible manner.  Please contact 519-837-5628 to report a winter control accessibility concern for review.

Last Updated: October 23, 2014. Broken links or incorrect information? Let us know!