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Snow and Winter Safety
During snow and ice conditions, North Cowichan works extra hard to maintain a safe municipality for residents and visitors. Winter storms can create personal safety issues if you are not prepared.
Snow Removal - North Cowichan's Responsibilities
Municipal roadways are cleared on a priority basis, according to the municipality's Snow and Ice Removal Policy: Snow_and_Ice_Removal.pdf [PDF - 234 KB]. During periods of heavy snowfall or other extreme weather conditions please have patience as maintenance crews work to get to your area as quickly as possible.
Snow Removal - Resident Responsibilities
North Cowichan's Highway Use Bylaw requires that all residents and businesses are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks that border their property within 48 hours of snowfall (this is 48 hours from the time it begins to accumulate). Shoveled snow and ice must be placed within the confines of your property, not on the street.
This is important to ensure pedestrians can safely get to their destination – in particular, people with limited mobility such as the elderly and disabled, those who use motorized scooters, or parents with strollers. A fine of $100 may be issued to those who don’t comply with the bylaw.
This is a continuing obligation. Snow and ice must be re-cleared as it re-accumulates.
Be a Good Neighbour!
Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks is a difficult task for people who are elderly or have disabilities. Consider clearing a neighbour’s sidewalks when you do your own. Shoveling snow is great exercise, and you’ll be doing your part to make your community a safer place. Thank you!