Winter Maintenance and Snow Removal

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Be Ready for Winter Weather

The main objective of the Snow Clearing and Removal program is to provide safe, passable roads, sidewalks and parking lots so that the public can travel throughout the Municipality in a safe and efficient manner during the winter months. As well, this procedure facilitates the handling of emergencies by the hospital, ambulance, fire and police departments and allows safe passage of school busses and pedestrian traffic.

The Town provides winter maintenance to more than 190 lane km of Town roads (taking both sides of roadways into account) and more than 18.3 km of designated sidewalks.

Allow the Plow!

We all want out street cleared of snow quickly, but nothing slows down the work of snow plows more than cars parked on the street.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please remember:

  • No Parking between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted.
  • Cars must be off the road during snow plowing
  • Cars impeding snow plowing can be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
  • Keeping your car off the street will speed up snow removal.

Unfortunately, during snow removal operations, the snow removal equipment operators cannot lift their blade every time they come to a driveway approach. Therefore, if possible, homeowners should wait to clear their driveway approaches until the plows have been able to clear the curb lanes

How Can You Help?


  • Keep your cars off the road during snow clearing;
  • Obey the No Parking 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. by-law between November 1st and April 1st.
  • Shovel snow onto lawns and not on the road when clearing driveways and sidewalks

Snow being shoveled onto public streets can lead to more work for the town crew

Town of Penetanguishene residents are reminded of proper snow removal techniques. 

  • DO NOT place snow from your driveway or entrances onto municipal property.
  • A variety of issues that can occur from residents putting snow on municipal property,
  • It leads to earlier narrowing of roadways, excessive amounts of snow on the boulevard and roadway, which would have to be removed through snow removal operations. In certain instances people are clearing their driveways completely across the municipal road and into the ditch. In the spring time it could lead to drainage issues.
  • When snow is plowed across the roadways the potential of leaving windrows may cause persons travelling on the roadway blind to the excessive or possible frozen snow that could cause an accident.

All snow should be shoveled to the sides of the driveway or walkway, or onto the resident's yard in order to prevent any issues.

Failure to comply with the by-law could result in a fine

For Private Snowplow Contractors this is reminder that depositing or cause to be deposited ice or snow on a boulevard that is not adjoining their property, including but not limited to the snow pushed or deposited across a roadway. 


  • Avoid parking vehicles on sidewalks. (Traffic and Parking By-law 2012-23 as amended).
  • With the accumulation of 8 cm or more of snow, designated Town sidewalks associated with arterial, collector and public schools are plowed first.  These sidewalks are to be cleared within 24 hours after the end of the winter storm event.
  • Residential sidewalks are plowed next.  They are to be cleared within 48 hours after the end of the winter storm event.
  • Heavy snowfalls or successive storm events can sometimes extend these periods.
  • Sidewalks sanding and salting is done when extremely slippery conditions exist.
  • All Sidewalks are maintained a snow-packed surface condition.  Sidewalks are cleared to a snow-packed condition, but the equipment does not allow for clearing down to bare surface.
  • When the amount of snow is so great that plowing is no longer effective, blower attachments are often used.  When blowers are used, it takes longer to complete the route.
  • Decorative items that touch sidewalks and curbs should be flush with the ground and 300 mm (12") from the edge of the curb or sidewalk. This helps reduce the chance of damage to property, snow removal equipment and injury to operators. We are not responsible for damage to decorative items in the road allowance.
  • Damage to Town-owned trees, sod and pavement will be repaired in the spring

 Traffic Lights - during winter operations

For more information on the disruption of service for the traffic lights at Main and Robert Streets click on the Notice.

Placement of Garbage and Recycling Containers during winter season

For more information on the proper placement of the garbage and recycling containers during winter operations, click on the following Notice.