Storm Update - Jan 17

In response to today’s significant snowfall and ongoing winter storm, the City is modifying and in some cases suspending delivery of some services to prioritize the safety of staff and residents.


Everyone is encouraged to stay home as much as possible. Road users who need to make essential trips should expect significant delays, slippery conditions and poor visibility. If driving, slow down, leave more space between you and vehicles in front and use gentle braking, steering and acceleration, keeping a safe distance from snow clearing vehicles.


More information on the City's snow and ice plan is available at www.toronto.ca/Snow


Snow Clearing

Anti-ice trucks applied salt brine to expressways, hills and bridges Sunday afternoon and all roads in the city were salted starting late Sunday evening. Plowing on roadways, sidewalks and bike lanes started Monday morning and currently continues across the city. Winter maintenance operations are expected to continue throughout the day and into Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure that roadways remain safe and accessible.


Real time tracking of City plows and plowing progress is available on the City's website here.


Road Closures

Due to the current weather conditions, both the Gardiner and the Don Valley Parkway expressways have been closed to vehicle traffic. This will allow City crews and the Toronto Police Service to clear the expressways from collisions and vehicles that have been stuck in the snow.


Updates on the highway closures will be posted to the Toronto Police Operations Twitter account: https://twitter.com/TPSOperations.


City-operated Vaccination Clinics

Earlier today, Toronto Public Health announced that the five City-run immunization clinics will not be operating today. People with appointments for today will receive instructions on rescheduling appointments.


Libraries

All Toronto Public Library branches are closed. More information is available on the Toronto Public Library website: www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/.


Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Community centres that are regularly open for washroom and shower access are closed today.


Outdoor skating rinks, including Mel Lastman Square, are closed and will not be supervised or maintained. Permits for outdoor rinks for today are being cancelled and permit holders are being contacted directly.


The City’s Ski and Snowboard Centre at Earl Bales Park is closed.


Children’s Services

All City-operated Child Care centres that are currently open are experiencing some service impacts due to current weather conditions. Families that are affected are being contacted directly and may otherwise contact their centre directly for status updates.


Shelters and Homeless Supports

The City's warming center at 5800 Yonge in Willowdale remains open, along with locations at 129 Peter St and 195 Princes' Blvd. A fourth location at 150 Borough Dr. will open at 7 PM this evening.


The City’s Streets to Homes program will continue to dispatch additional 24/7 teams to connect with people living outside and encourage them to come indoors.


Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS)

In person services will remain open at Metro Hall Employment & Social Services until 2 PM to issue emergency payments. Other centres are closed. Clients can continue to access services today by phone and online.


Garbage and Recycling Collection

Residents are reminded of the importance of proper waste set out in winter conditions. Improper set out can make it difficult for crews to collect bins and may result in items being missed. Residents must clear snow around bins, never place bins behind or on a snowbank, and ensure a clear path from the bin to the road.



Please stay safe and contact our office with any additional questions.


- The Filion Office Team