The majority of sidewalks in Edmonton are maintained by the property owner (individual or business) adjacent to the sidewalk. For properties on a corner, the property owner is required to maintain the front and sides. Property owners are also required to maintain the curb ramp (also known as a curb cut) to ensure all users can safely use the sidewalk.
Reminder: shovelling or pushing snow from sidewalks into roads or alleys violates municipal bylaws and results in a fine of $250, contributes to unsafe driving and walking conditions, increases the cost of providing winter road maintenance and can lead to blocked storm drains.
Some walkways are designated as “unmaintained” during the winter months. These include walkways within parks where no City programs are offered.
Sidewalks on Public Utility Lots (PUL) rights of way (undeveloped grassland) or adjacent to Municipal Reserves and Parkland are not cleared if they do not connect pedestrians to a major roadway or bus stops near buildings, multi-use paths and river valley trails.
The City of Edmonton is providing grant funding to interested community leagues who wish to develop snow removal programming that supports seniors and persons with disabilities. Please contact your neighbourhood community league to inquire.
Snow and freeze/thaw cycles can result in hazardous conditions on walkways and sidewalks. These conditions are a safety concern for everyone — particularly for those with limited mobility, service providers and waste collectors.
Property owners should remove snow and ice as soon as possible, especially during days of continuous snowfall and during freeze/thaw cycles. As residents of a winter city, we need to be considerate of the impact snow-covered and icy sidewalks have on our neighbours and fellow citizens.
Failure to maintain your sidewalks could result in a $100 fine plus potentially any cleanup costs.
Free sand is available at participating community leagues and Roadway Maintenance Yards.
Ice and Snow Maintenance
Shovels with a small blade and ergonomic handle with a gentle curve are best
Push the snow, instead of lifting it, as you shovel; it's easier on your back
Use a small shovel or fill only half of a large one
Lift with your legs bent and keep your back straight
Spray the shovel blade with cooking oil if the snow is sticking to it
Clear snow after it falls to prevent packed down snow or ice
Clear right to the sidewalk
Offer to help anyone who may need help due to mobility or health issues
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