Parking during snow events

S'No Parking lifted

S'No Parking

S'No parking has been lifted.

S'No Parking was recently in effect from Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. through to Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 a.m.

What is S'No Parking?

The City of St. Catharines is committed to keeping roads and sidewalks clear for motorists, pedestrians, emergency vehicles, public transit, and other users throughout the winter season, and to do so as efficiently as possible.

In 2015, the City introduced its S'No Parking program - a call to residents not to park their vehicles on the street during and immediately following a significant snow event. The City will declare a temporary S'No Parking to be in effect when Environment Canada forecasts a minimum of 10 cm of snowfall within the next 24 hours.

On-going monitoring of weather conditions and snow clearing operations will determine how long S'No Parking stays in effect and residents should plan for off-street parking for at least 72 hours.

Stay in the know, not in the snow

It's easy to find out when the City has declared S'No Parking is in effect.

  • Pingstreet - residents can download Pingstreet, the City's free smartphone and tablet app, from their device's app store and subscribe to Notification Centre to receive an alert when the City declares S'No Parking is in effect.
  • Social Media - residents can follow the City of St. Catharines on Facebook and Twitter for alerts declaring S'No Parking is in effect. 
  • News list - residents can subscribe to the City's online news room at to receive a media release the City will distribute when declaring S'No Parking is in effect.
  • City home page - When S'No Parking is in effect, information will be posted online at
  • Local media - The City will distribute information to the local media when  declaring S'No Parking is in effect.
  • Citizens First - Contact the customer service at the City by email at or phone at 905.688.5600 for more information. 

Parking by-law offences

There are no fines, tickets or other penalties associated with S'No Parking. However, parking fines may be issued in some cases under the City's Parking By-law.


Downtown overnight parking prohibition

Overnight parking is prohibited at downtown on-street metered spaces from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Violators may receive a $30 parking ticket or be towed.

Parking at metered spaces is prohibited seven days a week from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the following downtown streets:

  • St. Paul Street, William Street to Geneva Street,
  • King Street, William Street to Carlisle Street,
  • Church Street, Ontario Street to Carlisle Street,
  • William Street, King Street to Church Street,
  • Queen Street, St. Paul Street to Church Street,
  • James Street, St. Paul Street to Church Street,
  • Carlisle Street, St. Paul Street to Church Street, and
  • Market Street, Helliwell Lane to its north terminus (Market Square)
  • All Regional roads.


Regional Road overnight parking prohibition 

Parking on Regional Roads is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Violators may receive a $30 parking ticket or be towed.

12-hour parking restriction

Parking is restricted to 12 hours on any street where parking is permitted. Any vehicle that has been parked on the road for more than 12 hours will be subject to a $30 ticket and may be towed.


Free overnight parking in City parking garages

Free overnight parking is available from 6 p.m. to 8 am at both the Ontario Street and Carlisle Street/Garden Park parking garages. Feel free to park in the garages from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Please note: The City charges an event parking fee for events at the Meridian Centre and the FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreVisit for more information.

An open road makes it easier for our snow plows to keep city streets clean. Help our crews plow faster by following these parking rules.

Residential parking

By keeping cars off the road, our crews will be able to work faster and plow more of the road. Please refrain from parking on the street and make all reasonable effort to remove parked vehicles from the street before, during and after a storm event.

Downtown parking

Your best option is to park your vehicle in one of our parking garages. They're well lit and covered, meaning your vehicle will be safe and removed from the elements.

Parking at metered spaces is not permitted between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Municipal Parking Lots

  • Outdoor parking lots owned by the City of St. Catharines will be plowed, sanded or salted within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.
  • We do not plow private parking lots.

Parking Lots at City Facilities

  • Parking lots at city-owned facilities (i.e. St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, Port Weller Community Centre) will be plowed within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.
  • Parking lots for parks and trails are not plowed.

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