Blowing snow to the side

In order to protect the environment and harmonize operations throughout the territory, snow is blown to the sides wherever possible. Blowing snow to the sides is much faster and more ecological than blowing snow into trucks. It makes it possible to:

  • use the cleared streets sooner and more safely;
  • save on gas because fewer heavy vehicles are being used, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions;
  • protect our roads; and
  • avoid expanding our existing snow dumps or adding new ones.

Once the snow has been cleared away, graders pass through the streets to widen them and improve visibility and make for safer driving.

Please note that any municipality can blow the snow onto private properties next to public roads. (Loi sur les compétences municipales, chapitre C-47-1, article 69)

Watch for the temporary no-parking signs

Temporary no-parking signs are set out approximately 24 hours before the snow-clearing operations begin.

Blowing snow is safest in the narrower streets. Once the snow-clearing operations are finished, the temporary no-parking signs are removed.

The owners of vehicles parked in no-parking zones will receive a ticket and, if necessary, their vehicles will be towed.

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