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No person shall deposit snow on any public place. When removing snow, you must place it onto your own property. Snow deposited on the road or the sidewalk increases hazards and is a major impediment to ensuring smooth clearing operations.

When clearing snow on your property, keep it inside your property line. This will help municipal snow clearing operations run more smoothly and protect pedestrians and drivers on public roads.

Section 40 of By-law 300-2006  on traffic and parking stipulates that it is at all times prohibited to deposit snow, ice or any similar material:

  • on a public road, sidewalk or recreational pathway, in a public ditch or on any other municipal property;
  • at a pumping station, in front of a screen, in a retention pond, a manhole, an access well or a fire hydrant; or
  • so as to partially or fully reduce or obstruct a sidewalk, recreational pathway or public road.

After every storm, a snow patrol goes out to check the roads. Violators are subject to a fine of a minimum of $200 plus administrative fees. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that any contractor they hire complies with the by-law on snow clearing.

During the winter of 2019-2020, the patrol carried out 477 interventions. In total, 298 reminders, 133 notices of violation and 19 tickets were issued.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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