On October 21, 2019 Pickering Council approved additional sections of the Waterfront Trail to be salted and plowed over the winter months. View Report CS 33-19 for more information.


In accordance with Ice and Snow Clearing By-law 6650/06, as amended, property owners are required to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall.

To assist City staff clearing sidewalks, please do not park your vehicle over the sidewalk as it impedes our sidewalk clearing machines and is dangerous for all users. In addition, the stopping of a vehicle over a sidewalk is prohibited under the Traffic and Parking By-law and vehicles found in contravention could be subjected to a fine.

The City salts and plows sidewalks in the following locations:

  • on regional roads
  • fronting municipal parks or property such as City Hall and Fire Halls
  • fronting Public or Catholic Schools
  • on sidewalks that are rear frontages (such as Dixie Road)
  • on street-to-street walkways
  • on some sidewalks that abut the road curb (no boulevard)
  • on crosswalks and some pathways through parks
  • within the designated downtown core


Most municipal parks, with the exception of some parking lots, are not maintained in the winter, so paths and walkways running throughout are not cleared or salted. Signs are posted accordingly advising users.


Pickering is divided into 11 urban routes and 2 rural routes, clearing each within a Priority Routing System. Priority Routes are identified as Collector (Main) roads and carry higher volumes of traffic. These are the roads people use to get to business areas, hospitals and in and out of the city. Bus routes are also considered priority routes. The "local" roads are primarily residential and these are systematically plowed after the Priority Routes are completed. New for the Seaton Community are “Mews” or Laneways which require specialized vehicles to clear snow due to their narrow width.