The mother of all snowstorms is upon us, and as meteorologists expected, it’s a doozy.  Toronto has been anxiously anticipating the worst of winter today, with Environment Canada warning of gusty winds, freezing rain, ice pellets, and an estimated 25 centimetres of snow in some regions.  This morning’s temperature will feel like -19°C with the wind chill.  Snow has already begun falling (just in time for our morning commute!) and the frosty combination of blowing snow and fierce winds nearing 80 km/h suggests that commuters will experience sudden and significantly reduced road visibility. Great.

Here is a complete list of closures and cancellations across the GTA to keep you in the know if you should stay home in your flannel onesie, hide under the covers, and pray to the weather gods for some sun-saturated sanctuary.


Centennial College

All campuses will be closed Tuesday, and all daytime and evening classes are cancelled.  All services and child-care centres will not be in operation today.

George Brown College

Both campuses will be closed Tuesday, including the child-care lab centres and evening continuing education classes.

Sheridan College

All Sheridan College campuses will be closed today, and the closure will extend to all of Sheridan’s facilities.  Tonight’s performance of On the Town has been cancelled and patrons will be contacted regarding ticket refunds and exchanges.

Humber College (including the University of Guelph-Humber)

All Humber College campuses will be closed Tuesday due to the inclement weather; however, residences will remain open.


OCAD University

OCAD has closed its campus due to the weather conditions in the region.  All buildings are closed and will be inaccessible for the day.

York University

All York University classes and university operations will be suspended on Tuesday, and any schedule exams for today will be postponed.  The school will be completely closed.

Ryerson University

The university will be closed on Tuesday, with classes, university-operated events/activities, research labs, business services, and administrative operations cancelled for the entire day.  Residences, however, will remain open.

University of Toronto

U of T’s Mississauga and Scarborough campuses announced that they would remain closed for today.

Elementary/High Schools

Toronto District School Board

Canada's largest school board, the Toronto District School Board, with 246,000 students in 582 schools, has officially called its first snow day since 2011.

All schools are closed for today, and activities that require a permit are cancelled.  Continuing education classes will also be suspended for the day.  Child Care Centres located inside the schools will be closed, as well.

Toronto Catholic District School Board

All schools are closed for the day.  Child Care Centres located inside the schools are also closed.

Peel District School Board

Schools and offices are closed for the remainder of the day.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

The school board’s administrative offices, along with all schools, will be closed for today.

Halton District School Board

All schools and board facilities are closed today.

Halton Catholic District School Board

The offices and schools across the board will be closed for the day.

Private Schools/Daycare Centres

The following schools and centres are currently closed for the day but expected to reopen on Wednesday for regular-scheduled programming.

Havergal College

Crestwood Preparatory College (Toronto)

Rowntree Montessori Schools (Brampton)

White Pines Montessori Academy (Mississauga)

Richland Academy (Richmond Hill)

Elite Montessori School (Mississauga)

Reach Out Centre for Kids (Halton)

The Reach Out Centre For Kids/OntarioEarly Years Centre (Burlington)

Appleby College (Oakville)

Glenburnie School (Oakville)

Walden International School (Brampton)

Bayview Glen School (Toronto)

Lullaboo Nursery & Childcare Center (Beaches, Peel and Cambridge)

Leo Baeck Day School (Toronto and Thornhill)

Robbins Hebrew Academy (Toronto)

St. Clement's Early Learning School (Toronto)

Arrowsmith School (Toronto)

Newton's Grove School (Mississauga)

Bannockburn School (North York)

Greenwood College School (Toronto)

White Oaks Montessori School (Mississauga)

Bishop Strachan School (Toronto)

The Sterling Hall School (Toronto)

De La Salle College (Toronto)

Montcrest School (Toronto)

Waldorf Academy and Childcare Centre (Toronto)

Madinatul Uloom Academy (Toronto)

Hawthorn School (North York)

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Bus Cancellations

Durham District School Board

While buses are cancelled, schools are currently remaining open.

Durham Catholic District School Board

All buses are currently cancelled; however, schools are currently remaining open.

South Simcoe District School Board

Buses are cancelled, but schools are currently remaining open.

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

While buses are cancelled, schools are currently remaining open.

York Region District School Board

Buses are cancelled, but schools are currently remaining open.

York Region Catholic District School Board

Although buses have been cancelled, all schools are currently remaining open.


Pearson International Airport

The airport has announced that travellers should expect delays and cancellations throughout the day, and advise checking flights prior to heading to the airport today.  As of 6:30 am, approximately 207 out of 696 scheduled departing flights and 209 of 706 arriving flights were cancelled.  Air Canada said that it has revised its ticketing policy for customers who are currently booked on flights that are impacted by the poor weather conditions.  Customers seeking options to change their travel plans can do so without incurring any additional costs through the company’s online re-booking tool.

Billy Bishop Airport

The Toronto Island airport is also advising travellers that today’s weather may impact airport and flight operations.  The airport’s website suggests that all travellers check with their airline to receive flight status updates.

TTC Service 

The TTC has advised that travellers allow themselves lots of extra time to get to work this morning.  Since a significant snow accumulation is on its way, service will likely be slower than usual across the city.

Other Alerts

The City of Toronto has advised all drivers to plan out their commute this morning ahead of time, allowing for extra time on the roads as snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, and high winds will cause for a messy drive to work.  The City recommends drivers reduce their speed on the road, use extra precaution (especially when approaching intersections), and watching for pedestrians and cyclists.

Toronto police are also reminding motorists to avoid blocking streetcar tracks on city streets.  City officials announced that this was a major issue during last week’s winter storm, when a number of vehicles were parked next to snow banks and not allowing streetcars to pass.

Salting and plowing operations on sidewalks are commencing throughout the city today at 9:00 am.  Sidewalks with large accumulations of snow are expected to be completed by approx 3:00 pm, while those that have a small dusting (I'll believe that those exist when I see them) will be finished by 9:00 pm.

Salting operations have just commenced on the following trails, roads, highways, and separated bike lanes.  Salting and plowing is scheduled to continue throughout the remainder of the day:

Martin Goodman Trail

Humber Bay Waterfront Trail

Gardner Expressway

Salting operations on the Gardner Expressway began at 4:50 am today and will continue through the morning commute until plowing thresholds have been met.  The City of Toronto has advised that drivers please be extra patient on the roads today; slow down and give salting trucks the room they need to work.  Do NOT attempt to pass salters and plows.