Toronto: City Council has approved one of Mayor John Tory’s key items – a sidewalk snow clearing plan that will expand the City of Toronto’s existing program to all Toronto neighbourhoods, improve safety for residents in winter, provide more equitable snow clearing service to all areas of the city, and support improved accessibility in winter.
Toronto becomes just the third major winter city in North America to employ a city-wide sidewalk snow clearing program, along with Montreal and Ottawa. Right now, the City clears 85 per cent of its sidewalks each winter.
This expansion will ensure all homes will receive snow clearing service starting this 2021-22 winter season. Over 103,000 households will be added to the program and 91 per cent of sidewalks in the city will now get sidewalk snow clearing.