Guelph declares Significant Weather Event; residential plow out to begin February 16 at 6 a.m.

UPDATE: The significant weather event has now ended.

Please move parked cars off the street

Guelph, Ont., February 15, 2021 – The City of Guelph has declared a Significant Weather Event after Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning in anticipation of snow accumulation totaling 15-25 centimetres in the area over the coming days. A residential plow out is scheduled to start at approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, February 16, and will continue until all roads and sidewalks are plowed.

We will monitor and react with available crews and equipment as the weather system passes through Guelph. Roads are typically completed 24 hours after a storm has stopped, however, significant snowfall and changing weather conditions may cause slow-downs for the plows.

It is expected that plowing will continue for the next couple of days. We plow main roads first, followed by secondary roads. Residential streets will be plowed last. Please give us until 24 hours after a storm before submitting a service request. We appreciate your patience as we work to clear the city.

When will sidewalks and multi-use paths get plowed?

Guelph’s 660 kilometres of sidewalks and multi-use paths take three days to clear. Stretched end-to-end, they’re the same distance between Guelph and Montreal. We appreciate your patience as we work to get them cleared.

Residents can use the Plow Tracker map to track where plows are and sign up for email alerts on plow outs, all from

When will trails get plowed?

Trails can take up to three days to clear. While we’re not required to clear snow from trails, we do clear some of our trails it because our community benefits from it.

Waste collection

Waste collection is expected to continue as normal. Please place carts one foot back from the curb to allow plows to clear the road. If we are unable to pick up your garbage on Tuesday, it will be picked up on Wednesday.

Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit buses are running, but may be delayed due to weather. Follow Guelph Transit on Twitter @guelphtransit for updates.

How you can help:

  • Allow for extra commute times and drive according to road conditions
  • Never pass a snow plow
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property
  • Keep fire hydrants and storm drains clear of snow
  • Shovel a spot for your waste carts, or place them in the driveway one foot from the curb
  • Move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows and emergency vehicles

Continue to check, Facebook and Twitter for updates about City services that might be affected by the weather including recreation programming, public transit and garbage pickup.


Plow Tracker and email updates subscription
Winter parking restrictions
Snow Angels
Thank a plow driver

For more information

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