City's child care centres have been closed and there are impacts on some
City-run recreation programs today because of the closure of Toronto District
School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)
Municipal child care centres located in TDSB schools are currently closed. All
parents whose children attend these child care centres have been contacted and
have been offered care at other centres. City staff have been redeployed to
other City-run child care centres to ensure that staff-child ratios are met.
The City has no child care centres in TCDSB schools.
City-operated recreation programs, including swim classes, at TDSB and TCDSB
school locations are cancelled today. Additional classes will be added where
possible, or refunds will be made for cancellations at these locations.
Recreation programs and permits at Parks, Forestry and Recreation community
centres and facilities continue to operate as usual. Residents may wish to
contact their local centre for any program specific updates.
The City's outdoor rinks are affected by weather conditions. Staff and
snow-clearing equipment travel from location to location and best efforts are
underway to clear the ice as quickly as possible. Snow clearing is in progress
and rinks will open throughout the day. Call 311 or visit the City's website
for up-to-date information on current conditions:
The City's ski and snowboard centres at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park
are open as usual and their programs are running.
Toronto Island Ferry Service is running on schedule.
City of Toronto reminds residents about garbage collection in snow
With the snow storm conditions predicted for the Toronto area, the City of
Toronto is reminding residents receiving curbside collection that they can
still set out their garbage, recycling or Green Bin on their regularly
scheduled collection day.
Depending on road conditions, it may take a little longer to service the
regular routes, however, it will be business as usual for collection crews.
Residents should also remember to find a clearly visible and accessible area
to put out bins for collection. Bins should be as close as possible to the
street, without blocking it or the sidewalk. If necessary, shovel out a spot
for your bins.
City of Toronto reminds residents about its level of snow clearing service
With a sizeable snowfall expected over the next few days, the City of Toronto
is reminding residents and businesses about the levels of snow clearing the
Large snowfalls require a coordinated approach by the City’s staff and
contractors to ensure that City streets and sidewalks are safe. The City’s
general levels of service are as follows.
As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of
salt trucks to the expressways and the main roads. After this, the salt
trucks will then move on to the local roads. If the City receives five
centimetres of snow, the plows are sent to the expressways and main roads and
plowing will take place for the duration of the storm.
When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres,
plows will be sent to the local roads. Normally, local road plowing will be
completed between 14 and 16 hours after the storm has ended.
The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is
mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres (or after five
centimetres in January and February) of snow has fallen. In the central core
of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow
within 12 hours after a storm has taken place. To learn more about sidewalk
snow clearing in Toronto and to view a map of where the service takes place,
The City of Toronto’s levels of service for snow clearing meet or exceed those
set by the Province of Ontario for municipalities and road authorities. These
levels of service were adopted by City Council in 2009.
Residents who have questions about snow clearing efforts in their area can
The City has 600 snow plows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks ready to
tackle the winter season.
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