With our first big snowfall this winter, WTSS wants to remind you that there are other services available to help clear all that white stuff near or on your property. The services can vary for each neighbourhood and not every option will be available or apply to everyone.
City of Toronto
Some of the sidewalks in Toronto are cleared of snow within 36 hours if the accumulation is greater than 8 cm (approx. 3 in.). However, on streets with continuous on-street parking and where sidewalks cannot be cleared by mechanical ploughing, residents are required to clear ice and snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 12 hours of a snowfall.
If you are a senior or if you are disabled and live in an area where sidewalk snow clearing is not automatically done, you can obtain information on how to register by calling (416) 392-7768. You can also visit City of Toronto website for more information.
For assistance with private property snow clearing, seniors and the disabled can use a Community Support Service.
Community Support Services (CSS)
Several agencies offer snow removal as part of their programming and will do private properties such as walkways and driveways. These are usually offered for a nominal fee and the agency may act as a broker to help match adults and students with people requiring snow shoveling. Rates are hourly and vary per agency. They also restrict services to catchment areas and may not be available for your area. CSS services like Humber Services for Seniors offer a flat rate that guarantees a professional will come and remove snow.
Some CSS contacts for the west end:
- CANES (416) 743-3892
- Syme55+ (416) 766-0388
- York Fairbank (416) 651-8300
- Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships (416) 531-8447
- Humber Services for Seniors (416) 249-7946
You may also try calling the City of Toronto (dial 311 from your phone) for free and they will direct you to the appropriate agency or contact number.
Snow Shoveling Safety Tips
The Toronto Paramedic Services has put together a helpful list. You can read about the snow shoveling safety tips on their website.