Frequently asked questions
My vehicle was towed. How can I find it?
To find a vehicle that was towed during snow loading operations, please call 311.
You can visit the Info-Remorquage site at any time and quickly obtain information about where your car was towed.
Where can I park my car during snow loading operations?
During snow loading operations, the city offers residents some 3,375 free, off-street, overnight parking spaces. These parking spaces are shown on the snow removal operations planning map.
Stationnement de Montréal also offers residents 2,136 free, overnight parking spaces during snow loading operations.
When will snow loading begin in my borough?
On August 14, 2015, the executive committee adopted the new Snow Removal Policy, whose aim is the standardization, performance and consistency of practices in the 19 boroughs. In particular, it states that snow loading must take place within 12 hours of the time it begins so as to continue on an ongoing basis across the entire network.
How many snow loading operations take place each winter?
On average, there are five snow-loading operations each winter.
How much snow falls in Montréal each winter?
Montréal gets more than 225 cm of snow during an average winter.
How much snow is loaded each winter?
About 12 million m3 of snow are loaded each winter, the equivalent of 300,000 heavy trucks.
Where is the loaded snow taken?
Snow is loaded and eliminated according to one of the two following methods:
- It is piled up onto a service area.
- It is discharged directly into the sewer system.
Visit the snow disposal site map.
How many vehicles are needed for snow removal operations?
The city has a fleet of 2,200 vehicles available for the heaviest operations.
How many employees are in charge of snow removal?
Some 3,000 employees, including employees of private contractors, are hard at work during the heaviest snow removal operations.
What is the territory for which snow removal service is provided?
Snow must be removed from more than 10,000 km in the network – 4,100 km of sidewalks and 6,550 km of roads, or the equivalent of 18 round trips between Montréal and Québec City.
How much does snow removal in Montréal cost?
The annual snow removal budget for Montréal and its boroughs is $155 million, which is a little less than 3% of the total budget of the city. Depending on the winter, the quantity and type of snow received, this budget may be adjusted.
What is smart snow removal?
Smart snow removal consists of offering Montrealers practical and accessible technological solutions that present the evolution and planning of snow removal operations in order to make parking easier for residents (map, application), It also includes all the technological processes associated with snow removal operations, such as snow elimination (SIT-Neige).
See also Smart snow removal
What are the objectives of the snow removal map and application?
Information provided to residents using these technological solutions aims to reduce the number of vehicles towed during snow loading operations. Residents will also be able to find out about parking restrictions and the progress and itineraries of snow loading operations.
For winter 2015-2016, smart snow removal has been deployed for all boroughs except L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève.