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Under the City’s Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw (PDF), it is the responsibility of the property owner to clear snow and ice from all sidewalks bordering their property.
After a snowfall, residents must clear their sidewalks within 10 hours. Remember to shovel the snow to the back of your driveway. If you shovel onto the street, the plow will push the snow back onto your driveway and sidewalk.
To report an area where someone has not cleared their sidewalk, please use the Snow Response Request Tool.
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When shoveling snow to clear your driveway, do not shovel snow onto the street. Shovel snow on the right side of your driveway as you face the road. In many cases this will reduce the amount of snow that gets pushed back onto your driveway from the snow plow.
The City does not clear driveways or sidewalks but we do manage a Snow Angels program where we connect people who are unable to clear snow with volunteers in their area who are willing to help out.
You can learn more about this program on our Snow Angels page, email Snow Angels or call 604-927-6909. Please plan ahead and ensure these arrangements have been made.
You must clear the sidewalk so that there is a walkable path wide enough to accommodate a stroller or a wheelchair.
Please ensure that you clear the snow towards your property (not onto the roadway side of the sidewalk) in order to allow a place for the snow plow to pile snow on the road side of the sidewalk, and in order to ensure that the plow does not push the snow back onto your sidewalk. If this does happen, you will be responsible for clearing your sidewalk again.
The City is responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to City-owned properties, including the Mariner overpass and recreation facilities.
Sidewalks or overpasses that are private property are the responsibility of those property owners (such as the Pinetree Way overpass, which is the responsibility of School District 43).
It is the responsibility of School District 43 to clear sidewalks adjacent to schools. If you’d like to report an area of concern, use the Snow Response Request Tool.
During a snow event, City roads are plowed according to a priority system aimed at supporting the greater public safety and public transportation access.
You can also report an area of concern by using our Snow Response Request Tool.
The City has a Snow Response Request Tool available. This tool uses Geographic Information Services (GIS) technology to provide information to City staff in real-time. It is the most efficient way to ensure that your concerns are being put in the queue to be addressed.
Note that while snow is falling, or until primary roads are cleared, the City will not be addressing local roads or lanes.
Our plows are set to push snow to the right to remove it from the roadway.
The best way to ensure that snow doesn’t get pushed back onto your driveway or sidewalk is to pile snow on the right side of the driveway (when facing the street) when shoveling.
Shoveling snow onto the road contributes to unsafe driving and walking conditions and increases the cost of providing winter road maintenance. If you shovel your snow into the roadway, you may be subject to a fine under the City’s Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw.
The City only plows priority lanes, or lanes that are the only access to a home. If your lane has not been plowed, it is unlikely to be plowed during a snow event.
You can report an area of concern by using our Snow Response Request Tool.
Basketball hoops, especially when left in a cul-de-sac, can be an obstacle that will make snow removal more difficult for our plows. We ask that you please move them onto your private property when snow starts to fall.
All roads are salted according to the same priority route system as plowing. However, it’s possible that if there was any rain or wet snow, it may have washed away the brining mixture.
Yes, wherever possible the City will attempt to plow curb to curb.
If residents can park their vehicles in their driveways during snow events, this will help to ensure that our plows can clear curb to curb.
The City of Coquitlam does not currently have resources for snow removal, similar to other Metro Vancouver municipalities, just snow plowing.
Under normal winter weather circumstances, our warmer climate means that snow typically doesn’t last very long and removal isn’t necessary.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
We sympathize with your situation.
The City must prioritize resources through the community in order to serve the needs of the greater community. Please be aware, get prepared and plan ahead before the winter season.