Winter Road & Sidewalk Maintenance

Overnight Parking Restric​​tio​ns in Effect

From December 1 through March 31, overnight on-street parking is not permitted 3–6am within the Downtown BIA, and 12:01–7am on other City-owned streets, for winter road maintenance operations. Overnight parking is also not permitted in any hybrid parking lots or waterfront parking areas (lots and on-street) from 12:01–5am.

Overnight Parking By-law Info

Although winter weather is often random and unpredictable, City snow removal efforts are not. The City is committed to providing a high level of snow removal service throughout the winter season. 

Using a combination of City staff and contractors, plowing, sanding and salting is performed with consideration to safety, environmental and budget concerns. Your cooperation in helping to keep streets clean and safe is appreciated.

The 2023 Budget includes funding for additional snowplows and drivers. 

Winter Maintenance Updates

Winter maintenance updates are posted during business hours, Monday to Friday. Check the Plow Tracker to see when your street was last serviced.

Wednesday, March 22

Posted at 9am

There is no winter maintenance taking place at this time.

Levels of Service

The City has developed carefully planned levels of winter road service to combat the diverse weather conditions we see every winter. A combination of City-owned trucks and contracted units provide effective snow plowing services to Barrie roads through our Priority and Secondary route system (see Levels of Winter Service Map).

The Levels of Service system assigns priority to all major roads with the highest traffic in Barrie as either Priority or Secondary routes. To ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, these major routes are serviced on a 24/7 basis when necessary. Residential routes (all residential streets in the city) are attended to regularly, but less often than Priority and Secondary routes.

With a system of service based around snow levels and maintenance times, we can ensure clear and safe roads are maintained efficiently.

The City's levels of winter maintenance service meet the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways.

City's Responsibilities

The City's winter maintenance responsibilities include 1,575 km of road, 619​ km of sidewalks, 25 parking lots, 72 crosswalks, 113 bus shelters, 708 bus stops, & downtown sidewalk intersections. Please note:

  • Pedestrian walkways are not maintained for winter operations.
  • Snow removal operations around super mailboxes are handled by Canada Post.
  • Winter maintenance on highways and off ramps—including the 400 series north of County Road 89 and 2-lane highways around Barrie (90, 26 & 27)—is overseen by the Ministry of Transportation.

Residents' Responsibilities

Frequently Asked Questions


Road Plowing

Sidewalk Plowing

Winter Maintenance Technology