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The City of Markham is dedicated to ensuring our residents are able to move about safely in the winter months.

Watch our new 2020-2021 Winter Maintenance Video featuring Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Operations team members Morgan Jones and Alice Lam below:


Markham is proud to meet the Province’s legislated minimum Maintenance Standards for Winter Maintenance and in many cases, exceeds them.

New: City-Wide Pathway Winter Maintenance Pilot Program

For the 2020-2021 Winter season, the City of Markham is launching a new City-wide Pathway Winter Maintenance Pilot Program. This program will see one pedestrian pathway in each of Markham’s

The City of Markham is dedicated to ensuring our residents are able to move about safely in the winter months.

Watch our new 2020-2021 Winter Maintenance Video featuring Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Operations team members Morgan Jones and Alice Lam below:


Markham is proud to meet the Province’s legislated minimum Maintenance Standards for Winter Maintenance and in many cases, exceeds them.

New: City-Wide Pathway Winter Maintenance Pilot Program

For the 2020-2021 Winter season, the City of Markham is launching a new City-wide Pathway Winter Maintenance Pilot Program. This program will see one pedestrian pathway in each of Markham’s eight wards cleared of snow, salted and sanded. This program is a result of the 2019 Winter Maintenance Council Review and is one of the ways the City is encouraging people in the community to stay active in Markham this winter.

Residents, we want to hear from you! Please share your feedback on this page about the pilot program and how it has been working for you. Your feedback will be reviewed by the Operations team and will be presented to Council for review and recommendation in 2021.

Have your say and take our survey!

Who is responsible for Winter Maintenance at the City of Markham?

The City of Markham’s Operations department is responsible for:

1. Watching the weather forecast 24/7

2. Patrolling and monitoring the streets 24/7

3. Anti-ice – salt brine spray on primary roads and bridges (weather dependent)

4. Dispatching salt trucks (first to primary and secondary roads)

5. Plowing and salting the roads

6. Clearing the sidewalks

7. Continuing to clear the snow

8. Respond to service requests – wait at least 16 hours after the snow stops falling before calling the Markham Contact Centre at 905.477.5530.

When is the snow cleared?

How can I check plow status?

During snow storms, use Markham’s Winter Maintenance App to see the status of road and sidewalk plows in Markham, and to find out what type of road you live on (primary, secondary, local). Snow clearing efforts start with primary roads, followed by secondary roads, local roads and sidewalks.

Why hasn’t my street been plowed?

Roads are plowed based on road classification with primary and secondary roads plowed first. This allows for traffic to flow and access for emergency vehicles. Use Markham’s Winter Maintenance App to see the status of road and sidewalk plows in Markham, and to find out what type of road you live on (primary, secondary, local).

What is a windrow?

A windrow is the row of snow at the end of a driveway after snow clearing on your street.

Are windrow clearing services available for elderly residents and persons with disabilities?

The City of Markham has a Snow Windrow Removal Assistance Program. Under this Program, eligible participants can have one car width of windrow removed within eight hours after a local plow. Learn more about this program and apply at markham.ca/Winter.

Tips for residents

  • Park on the odd numbered side of the street from November 15 to April 15. If there is a snow storm or snowfall, you must remove your parked car from the road even if you have a permit. Plows are too big to squeeze past parked cars, delaying snow clearing for everyone.
  • Parking on both sides of all City streets is prohibited during snow clearing operations. Existing parking permits and overnight exemptions held by residents are not valid during snow clearing operations.
  • Do not push snow from your property onto the street. It is unsafe for drivers and pedestrians in your neighbourhood and it's illegal.
  • Pile snow from your driveway onto the right side (when facing the road) of your driveway. This will mean less snow piled on your driveway by the plow as it passes your home.
  • Remember to clear snow away from fire hydrants to assist emergency responders in case of emergency, and clear catch basins if you can do so safely. This will help the water drain and avoid flooding.
  • When the snow starts to fall, stay safe by giving yourself extra time to reach your destination. Remember to drive according to weather and road conditions and if the weather is really bad, consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Did you know?

Markham Winter Maintenance Stats

Markham has a Salt Management Plan that regulates our salt usage, storage and salt transportation.

How big is Operations’ Winter Maintenance fleet?

Our fleet is made up of 146 road plows and driveway machines, 32 salt trucks and 53 sidewalk plows.



Find more information in our 2020-2021 Winter Maintenance Newsletter.


Learn more about our Winter Operations at markham.ca/Winter.