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City of Ottawa Winter Operations (2023)

As a reminder to everyone, the City of Ottawa has standards that they follow during winter storm:

Check out this presentation on all aspects of the City of Ottawa's winter operations!

Note this was from 2022-2023 season, but a lot of the info is still useful!

2022 Snow Removal Presentation
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General Notices

Catch Basin Clearing

With melting snow, it is critical that the water can properly drain. Please ensure catch basins close to your property are clear. Can't do it yourself? You may report a blocked catch basin by creating an online service request by visiting or by calling 3-1-1.

Resident Support

  • There is no need to create a service request for routine snow clearing. We are on the job and our efforts are currently needed out in the community; service requests should only be created for emergencies.

  • Please place garbage, recycling, and organic collection bins in your driveway and not on the road or sidewalks. Residents can sign up to receive reminders and service alerts for their waste collection day by email, phone or Twitter at

Snow Windrows

A snow windrow is a pile of snow that accumulates at the end of driveways and on the sides of streets during plowing. It is the responsibility of the home owner to remove their own driveway windrows. Learn more about property snow removal here.

Winter Parking Bans

Click here to receive email updates about upcoming winter parking bans!

Parking bans may be called when snow amounts are forecasted to be above 7cm.

Daytime parking bans (10am to 7pm) must be called by 3:30pm the day before, and nighttime (7pm to 7am) parking bans by 9am the day of.

During winter parking bans, the City of Ottawa has opened up several park and ride locations, including Nepean Woods. More details can be found here.


For the latest updates on the City's winter operations, visit: Snow plowing and clearing | City of Ottawa or follow our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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