What is the law about clearing ice and snow from your property?

person shovelling snow

If you could sum up winter in Toronto so far, the words cold and icy would be top of mind.  Walking on city sidewalks can treacherous, but did you know there are by-laws and fines for not keeping your sidewalk clear and safe for others.

According to Municipal Code Chapter 719:

Every owner or occupant of any building must, within 12 hours after any fall of snow, rain or hail has ceased, clear away and completely remove snow and ice from any sidewalk on any highway in front of, alongside or at the rear of the building.

After the removal of snow and ice, if any portion of the sidewalk becomes slippery from   apply to the sidewalk ashes, sand, salt or some other suitable material so as to completely cover the slippery surface.

Failure to do so could result in a fine of $125.00.

If you are over the age of 65 or have a disability or health condition that restricts your ability to remove your snow, you may be eligible for snow removal service.  Visit www.toronto.ca for more information.



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