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Budget and priorities

Priorities

The city’s priority is to maintain safe pedestrian and automobile traffic; access to the public transit network, hospitals, schools and emergency services; and automobile traffic on major roads.

A number of factors must be considered in order to properly plan snow removal operations, including:

  • Meteorological conditions
  • Amount of precipitation
  • Traffic
  • Time of day (for example, rush hour)
  • Obstacles on the road
  • Distance for snow to be transported
  • Environmental regulations
  • Snow elimination site capacity
  • Regulations concerning heavy vehicles and driving hours

Budget and average annual costs of snow removal operations

For winter 2011-2012, the average cost of a snowstorm with ground accumulations of 20 cm is $17 million: $1 million for plowing, $14 million for loading and $2 million for disposal.

  • Salting: $29 million
  • Plowing: $14.5 million
  • Loading: $87 million
  • Disposal: $14.5 million
  • Total: $145 million
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