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Winter and S’No Parking are coming

Posted on Monday December 04, 2017

The City of St. Catharines is ready to get out in front of whatever icy blasts winter throws at it this season.

The City continues to prepare for the winter months. You’ve probably already seen trucks on the road as City crews complete their annual training. Salt, sand and brine supplies are topped up and crews will finish installing snow fencing in various open fields across the City around the beginning of December.

The City is committed to cleaning snow and ice from all roads as soon as possible, but some have a higher priority than others. Main roads receive the highest priority as do transit routes and roads with bridges and hills. Roads connecting neighbourhoods to main roads are next, followed by all other neighbourhood roads.

The City of St. Catharines urges residents to help clear our streets of snow this winter by not parking on streets during and after snow storms. The City will declare S’No Parking in effect when Environment Canada forecasts at least 10 cm of snow within 24 hours. Weather conditions determine how long S’No Parking will remain in effect, but residents should plan for off-street parking for at least 72 hours.

“We urge residents to not park on the road when we declare S’No Parking to be in effect,” said Darrell Smith, the City’s senior operations manager. “Vehicles parked on the street slow down and restrict plows, resulting in streets being inadequately cleared of snow and ice and reducing safety for everyone. S’No Parking has been very successful when we’ve needed to put it into effect. It does help our snow removal crews to open up snowy roads more quickly so they can be safely used by everyone.”

Smith said it’s easy for residents to “stay in the know and out of the snow.” The City will use the following channels to post information about S’No Parking:

  • Pingstreet – residents can download Pingstreet, the City’s free smartphone and tablet app, 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 at and Twitter at @St_Catharines for alerts declaring when S’No Parking is in effect.
  • Newslist – residents can subscribe to the City’s online newsroom at to receive the 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 local media when it declares 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.

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

  • Parking is prohibited at downtown on-street metered spaces from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Violators may receive a $30 ticket or be towed.
  • Parking on Regional Roads is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Violators may receive a $30 ticket or be towed.
  • Parking is restricted to 12 hours on any street where parking is permitted. Vehicles parked on the road for more than 12 hours may receive a $30 ticket or be towed.

Smith said there are some neighbourhoods in St. Catharines where residents have limited or no available parking on their property and have identified exemption zones. Visit to see the list of exemption zones.

“We know it can be challenging for residents in these areas to move their vehicles off the street, especially during a winter storm,” said Smith. “We encourage residents in these areas to do the best they can to get their parked vehicles off the road. But, if they can’t we ask that they park their vehicles on one side of the road to make it a little easier for plows to quickly clear snow and ice away when S’No Parking is in effect.

Smith reminds property owners that they are responsible for clearing the sidewalks fronting or abutting their property of snow and ice.

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