Bring on the Snow! City Gears Up for Winter 2016-2017

Nov 17, 2016

For Immediate Release                            
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bring on the Snow! City Gears Up for Winter 2016-2017

Preparations have started for the 2016-2017 winter season. City crews and equipment are ready for active winter services as of November 1. Contractor crews are ready for November 15. 

Planning starts with an annual training exercise, where more than 50 City and contractor snowplows, graders and other vehicles used for winter maintenance, check equipment and review plowing routes throughout the community. The exercise starts this week through to November 25.

This test run gives crews an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the routes as well as identify potential hazards, obstacles and operational challenges, before the winter season arrives. 

The City has a Winter Control Plan, based on City Council approved policy, which includes details on snow plowing standards, sidewalks, snow removal and technology used for winter control. A chart (attached to this email) outlining when crews are deployed, along with other information on winter operations including Frequently Asked Questions, plow standards for main and secondary roads, the overnight parking ban and winter driving tips and a driver’s checklist, can be found at

The City will issue advisories, as winter weather and snow events happen. Updates and information is posted on the City’s website and shared via social media including Twitter (@greatersudbury) and Facebook (