Snow and Ice Control

During the winter season, the City of Nanaimo focuses on maintaining good winter driving conditions on:

  • Priority 1 routes: Emergency routes and all major roads
  • Priority 2 routes: Secondary roads
  • Priority 3 routes: Residential cul-de-sacs and dead ends

This is so that emergency and main travel routes that are crucial for transportation remain open. In addition to the priority routes mentioned above, City staff also maintain public access to City facilities by clearing sidewalks, parking lots, bridges, the Seawall and E&N trail.   

Please note as long as it is snowing, crews will be focused on clearing priority 1 and 2 routes, which means it could take upwards of 96 hours for crews to start clearing residential areas (priority 3 routes).

Bylaw 5000, Section 22 (1) - Sidewalk Clearing

Please be aware that residents, occupants, tenants, and businesses are required to clear snow and ice, within 24 hours of a snow event as per City Bylaw 5000, Section 22 (1). As noted above, the City clears sidewalks around parks, bridges, and major City facilities. 

We encourage Nanaimo residents and businesses to make arrangements to have
your sidewalk and/or storefront cleared while away from home or work during the winter season. And, when out shovelling, if you are able, please lend a hand to your neighbour as there are some people in our community who may have difficulty clearing snow and ice and could use their neighbour’s help.

Informational and Educational Resources

Learn more about the City’s snow management practices through our videos, Snow and Ice Removal brochure, and FAQs found below.


  • Snow and Ice Control brochure (PDF)

    Snow Related FAQs

    • Who is responsible for clearing snow off sidewalks?

    • When will my street be plowed?

    • I have a medical condition and frequent the hospital, can my street be a priority for snowplowing?

    • Does the City tow abandoned vehicles during a snow event?

    • What are some winter driving tips that I should be aware of?

    Contact Us

    Public Works Department 250-758-5222

    Last updated: November 29, 2019

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