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Snow Removal Procedures

The City of Toronto requires property owners to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalks around their properties within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall, freezing rain or hail, and to keep them clear.

For Snow falls of 4 cm or more
In conjunction with Security Services, the Grounds team maintains a presence on site during the winter months 24/7. When 4 cm of snow accumulates Grounds Management will call in additional staff to begin plowing, salting and sanding the roads and sidewalks and an external contractor plows the large exterior lots. When 4cm accumulation is reached all available staff and machinery are put into action. Staff must undertake this work while keeping the safety of the Community as a top priority. When inclement weather arrives Grounds staff begin applying deicer materials on roads, bus stops, walks, medical ramps and stairways.

For Snow falls less than 4 cm
In the event of a snow fall of 4 cm or less, our teams regular start time is 6am which allows for a quick action with regards to snow and ice removal activities. York University staff is on site around the clock in order to begin clearing and applying deicer materials as is needed.

We strive to minimize the use of rock salt for environmental reasons, to reduce corrosion and to avoid tracking salt into buildings. As such, a mixture of sand and salt is utilized for de-icing purposes. Straight rock salt may be used during an ice storm or freezing rain situation. Potassium chloride pellets are used on concrete surfaces or at entrances and stairways in order to minimize corrosion.

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