Extreme Winter Weather

Coquitlam Snow Response and Service Update

Update – Tuesday, Jan. 31 –  3 p.m.

  • Public Works crews worked through the night pre-salting our main Priority 1 Routes, which helped defer the snow from accumulating.  
  • The cold temperatures of the roads made for icing conditions underneath the snow, which has made some of our areas with steep grades quite slippery.
  • We currently have 9 trucks out working, and our Priority 1 Routes are in very good condition, with most of them being bare and wet at this point in time.  
  • We are currently working on our Priority 2 Routes, and even moving into Priority 3 Routes (local roads) with steep grades.
  • Garbage, green cart, and recycling collection has been slower than normal today with trucks struggling in some of our steeper areas. It is likely that collection will be completed later than normal today. If this changes, it will be communicated to residents via the City's ReCollect app.
  • You can also report areas of concern or missed garbage and green cart collection using our real-time, online tool at coquitlam.ca/SnowResponse.
  • The forecast is calling for cloudy conditions and some snow flurries switching to mixed precipitation Wednesday morning. 
  • Public Works is planning on running 6 trucks overnight with 10 trucks Wednesday early to ensure that our main Priority 1 Routes are in good condition for the Wednesday morning rush. One of the overnight trucks will also clear the Wednesday garbage routes so that they are passable for collection crews. 
  • Residents are asked to drive for the conditions.

Road Safety and Snow Removal

  • Residents are also encouraged to help keep catch basins clear of snow and debris. Use the City’s catch basin map at coquitlam.ca/AdoptaCatchBasin to locate nearby catch basins.
  • Maps showing Coquitlam’s priority routes are available at coquitlam.ca/WinterWise. Our Captain Public Works video also helps explain how we tackle snow removal.
  • Report areas of concern using our real-time, online tool at coquitlam.ca/SnowResponse.
  • We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and ask you to consider the extraordinary volume of snow received over the last week, Coquitlam’s hilly topography, and the fact that we have over 1,000 km of roadways in Coquitlam.

Curbside Collection

  • The City’s collection contractor has made every effort to return to missed garbage collection zones this week. If your Garbage Cart has still not been collected due to ongoing snow and ice disruptions, please report it online at coquitlam.ca/SnowResponse so we can prioritize your Garbage Cart for collection next week on your scheduled collection day.
  • Please note, recycling collection is not managed by the City.  Recycle BC has advised that they expect recycling collection will resume the week of Dec. 27. Visit RecycleBC.ca/Coquitlam and search your address for the most up-to-date information on your curbside recycling collection.
  • Coquitlam residents who have not already done so are encouraged to sign up for collection updates at coquitlam.ca/recollect.

Be a Good Neighbour 

  • Reach out to seniors and other vulnerable individuals to ensure they are safe.
  • Offer assistance with groceries, shoveling, or other errands.
  • Volunteer to be a Snow Angel and help clear sidewalks for residents who may be unable to do so on their own. Full details at coquitlam.ca/snowangels.
  • For information to support vulnerable individuals please see coquitlam.ca/homelesshelp

Support for Vulnerable Individuals

The City of Coquitlam’s Bylaw officers, Coquitlam Fire/Rescue and other staff continue to check on vulnerable individuals, connecting them with outreach and other supportive services. In addition, we work in collaboration with BC Housing, Fraser Health, and Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group to provide additional support to those unhoused or vulnerable people within our community, including:

  • Nightly winter shelter program operated by Progressive Housing Society and hosted at Tri-City churches through to March 31, 2023. Pre-registration is required; to arrange for pick-up from one of three designated pick up locations, call 604-209-1587 or email WinterShelterStaff@progressivehousing.net between 8:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. Shelter includes a bed, warm meal, bagged lunch, support and referrals. Pets in a kennel are welcome. Pick up starts at 8:45 p.m. Drop off is 7 a.m.
  • Tri-Cities Street Survival Guide – Developed by Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group, this PDF resource is available at coquitlam.ca/StreetSurvivalGuide and lists available services to those who are in need, including clothing, food banks, clothing, shelter, laundry and shower services, and medical and/or additional help.
  • Outreach Services – Operated by the Hope for Freedom Society under contract to BC Housing, outreach workers seek out homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness to connect them with available resources and services. More information is available at hopeforfreedom.org or by contacting 604-830-1528, 778-862-0692 or hffoa@hopeforfreedom.org.

Sidewalk Safety 

  • To keep sidewalks in residential and business areas safe for those who have to travel on foot, residents and business operators are required to shovel sidewalks next to their property.
  • Volunteer to be a Snow Angel and help clear sidewalks for residents who may be unable to do so on their own. Full details at coquitlam.ca/SnowAngels.
  • For more information on the City’s Winter Wise program and winter safety tips, visit coquitlam.ca/WinterWise.

Stay Safe

  • Stay at home unless absolutely necessary when weather conditions are bad.
  • Dress appropriately for inclement weather.
  • Protect exposed skin and help prevent heat loss by wearing a hat, scarf, mittens or gloves.
  • Choose well-insulated and waterproof footwear that has a thick, non-slip tread sole, a wide and low heel and is light in weight.
  • Tips and information on how to stay safe during extreme cold are available from Fraser Health as well as PreparedBC’s Storm and Extreme Cold web page.