The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region ready to plow through wintery weather

Regional fleet prepared in anticipation of expected snow 

Newmarket – Environment Canada is predicting a wintery blast to hit York Region beginning late Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning. The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to remain cautious when driving while clean-up is underway.

York Region is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 1,100 kilometres (or more than 4,100 lane-kilometres) of roadways across all nine local cities and towns. During the winter months this includes snow plowing, snow removal, sanding, salting and use of salt-brine to help prevent ice build-up on roads.

The Regional road network is patrolled night and day to monitor weather and road conditions. Patrol vehicles are equipped with sensors to gauge the temperature of the road surface and better identify when roads may need to be treated.

All snowplow trucks are equipped with electronic spreader controls to help ensure the right amount of anti-ice materials are released at the right time and in the right place, minimizing impacts of salt to the environment.

York Region uses a road weather information system to track rain, snow and ice and GPS tracking to maximize the effectiveness of the winter maintenance fleet before, during and after winter storms.

Motorists should also take precautions when travelling during changing road conditions by:

  • Staying off roads, if possible, during extreme weather conditions
  • Letting us do the driving by taking YRT/Viva
  • Giving yourself extra time to get to your destination
  • Having winter tires on your vehicle
  • Clearing snow, ice and frost from all windows, headlights, tail lights and roof
  • Making sure your windshield fluid and vehicle fuel is topped up
  • Carrying a roadside emergency kit
  • Following York Region on Twitter for road updates

If you have to be on the road, please give snowplows plenty of room:

  • Drive a safe distance behind the plow; you may see them, but they may not see you if you are following too closely
  • Only pass snow removal vehicles when a safe passing area is available and the lane is clear of snow or treated with salt or sand; do not pass on the right
  • When passing a snowplow, be sure to leave plenty of space; plows are wider than most vehicles and portions of the plow and blade may be obscured by blowing snow
  • Don’t travel beside a snowplow; they can shift sideways after moving snow drifts

To find out more about our snow plows, visit our YouTube page and watch our video.

Limited opportunities exist for media to participate in a snowplow ride-along. Contact York Region Corporate Communications if interested.

Fast Facts

  • Number of snowplow routes: 75
  • Number of winter maintenance vehicles: 112
  • Number of Region-owned winter maintenance vehicles: 27
  • Time it takes to spread sand/salt on one round of Regional Roads: approximately 90 minutes
  • Time it takes to plow one round of Regional roads: approximately 130 minutes
  • Kilometres of operational dedicated bus lanes: 13.2 kilometres

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 51,000 businesses and 600,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:     
Andrea Griepsma, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71233
Cell: 905-251-6413

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