Winter preparation reminders

As we enter the season of heavy coats and slippery roads, we have a few helpful reminders about the City’s winter operations.

Snow tires
By law, winter tires must be installed by December 1st. If you have not already done so, have them installed immediately and avoid the risk of a fine.

Snow clearing
Westmount relies on your cooperation to keep our streets and sidewalks safe during the winter. Snow from private driveways and walkways must NOT be placed on public sidewalks, lanes or streets. During snow loading, snow may be added to the existing snowbanks prior to removal.

Snow removal operations, such as plowing and salting, are carried out around the clock.; snow loading after storms is carried out according to a pre-determined schedule and according to the particular street and weather conditions. The priorities for cleaning are commercial streets, fire routes, major arteries, school zones and slopes.

Visit the snow removal page for more details and to consult the interactive map of snow operations in the City.

Advance warning of snow removal and the hours at which it will take place is indicated by orange flashing or fixed lights on major thoroughfares, and by temporary orange notices placed on narrower streets. Consult the snow removal page for more information.

Winter Parking restrictions are in effect between December 1st and March 31st on some narrow streets in Westmount – make sure you check the signage when parking your vehicle.

Waste collection
It is the responsibility of property owners to remove snow and ice from pathways to and areas around waste containers to ensure the safety of employees. If bins are not easily accessible on collection day, they may be placed at the curb or sidewalk where the contractor may access them, providing they do not obstruct snow removal. Please note that the City’s contractors may refuse to collect when bins are not accessible.

Community alerts
If you have not already done so, sign up to Westmount’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive important information concerning power outages, gas leaks, drinking water alerts and more. Do you have a new neighbour? Tell them about the service and encourage them to sign up. Visit the Emergency page for details and look for the CodeRED button to register.

Hydro Westmount : intense cold weather
During very frigid winter, when the temperature dips below -18C, Hydro Westmount asks its customers to reduce electricity use, particularly during peak periods (6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. to help prevent overloading circuits and possible power outages. Find out more.

Skating rink in Westmount Park now open
To make the most of the colder weather, try out the refrigerated ice rink in Westmount Park for some healthy and safe outdoor fun. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.