Here's How Much You Can Get Fined In Toronto If You Choose Not To Shovel Today

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Toronto Staff Writer
Here's How Much You Can Get Fined In Toronto If You Choose Not To Shovel Today

If you're a Toronto resident who tends to not shovel snow off your property for days at a time, you might want to check yourself before you get fined.

According to the City of Toronto, residents are required to clear ice and snow from sidewalks in front of or adjacent to their homes to help keep their neighbours and community safe.

And that's not a suggestion. Home, property and business owners must clear the snow or ice on the adjacent public property within 12 hours of the end of the snowfall or be prepared to pay a hefty fine.

Residents who fail to clear snow from a public property can be charged $135 under the Snow and Ice Clearing Bylaw.

The bylaw also states that any costs the City incurs from having to clear the snow themselves may be collected from the property owner as well.

As for private property, according to the Property Standards Bylaw, home and property owners are also responsible for clearing ice and snow from their driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. This is to ensure "safe access for people and vehicles," including mail carriers and other visitors.

Residents are also asked to contact 311 to report property owners who do not clear their sidewalk or private property.

Environment Canada issued multiple blizzard warnings all over southern Ontario on Monday morning, with up to 50 centimetres expected in some spots. Schools were cancelled and the TTC was reporting significant delays because of the weather.

So if your sidewalks are still covered in snow, it might be time to grab a warm hat, some winter boots and a shovel and get started!

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