Prepare for More Ice and Snow

With Environment Canada forecasting more snow and flurries over the next few days, it's important to be prepared for all that Mother Nature can bring!

The City of Victoria closely monitors weather and forecasts to prepare for our response to winter conditions. The City uses dedicated weather services, pavement temperature sensors, and physically monitors the conditions on the streets and sidewalks to determine what action to take to minimize slippery conditions. When cold temperatures are anticipated, City crews begin to brine roads to prevent icing conditions. Here's how we prioritize ice and snow removal.

Sidewalk Clearing
There are over 450 kilometres of sidewalks in Victoria, so a community effort is required to make sidewalks safe.

Residents and businesses are reminded that under the Streets and Traffic Bylaw, they are required to clear ice from sidewalks in front of their property by 10 a.m. each day.

Please ensure you’re using environmentally sensitive ice melt products on sidewalks and driveways, and please avoid using rock salt, as it is harmful to concrete sidewalks, pets’ paws and the environment. Ice melt products should be applied only moderately to avoid ice accumulation.

Learn more about how to prepare for winter conditions.

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