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The City of Hamilton’s Plow Tracking map allows you to see where our maintenance vehicles have been in the last 2, 4, 12 and 24 hours.

Launch Plow Tracker

Note: These vehicles are not only used for winter activities but also used for general maintenance programs.

Further information can be obtained by calling 905-546-2489(CITY)



Before a snowstorm, we apply anti-icing material which is a salt brine solution that helps keep snow and ice from bonding to the roadway. Once the storm begins, City crews and contractors begin by applying de-icing material such as salt or a sand/salt mixture and plowing roadways throughout Hamilton. We want to ensure that Hamilton’s roads remain open for emergency vehicles, buses , business and major institutions like schools and hospitals.

Roads are plowed based on priority:

  • First priority is main routes and escarpment crossings
  • Second priority is collector roads
  • Third priority is neighbourhood streets

*Target Completion Time: clock starts after the completion of the winter event which includes but is not limited to: stopped snowing, no drifting, blowing snow, freezing rain.

The Provincial highways that run through the city of Hamilton are maintained byDuring heavy snowfalls, property owners are encouraged to assist the City’s snow removal crews by:

  • Getting vehicles off the streets and parking in your driveway
  • Keeping all catch basins clear of snow and ice for proper drainage during a thaw
  • Keeping fire hydrants clear and visible


Preparing for Snow

·       Prepare your vehicle for winter weather.

·       Learn and practice winter driving techniques.

·       Do not park on busy streets during a heavy snow fall, even if on-street parking is allowed at certain times of the day.

·       Check for Snow Route, No Stopping and No Parking signs when parking on streets.

·       Take public transit.

·       Tune in to a local radio station to listen for a possible snow emergency to be declared later.

Winter Driving

·       If you must drive, give yourself more time to reach your destination.

·       Drive according to weather and road conditions.

·       Park your vehicle off the street where possible.

·       Do not park in a spot that has a Snow Route, No Stopping or No Parking sign.

·       Stay back at least 25 metres from snow plows, sanders and other equipment so the operator can see you.

·       Stay behind snow plows. Passing a plow is dangerous.


Certain roads are snow emergency routes. When the City declares a snow emergency, it is illegal to park on these roads. Vehicles that block snow routes during an emergency may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Snow emergency routes may be signed with:

  • No Stopping Anytime
  • No Parking Anytime
  • No Parking Snow Route

Snow emergencies are announced on local radio stations.