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Winter Weather Information

In advance of snow and cold temperatures, residents are asked to be prepared and stay safe. 

While City crews will be working to clear roads of snow and ice, drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions and avoid unnecessary travel. When spending time outdoors, it is important to stay warm and watch for signs for frostbite or even hypothermia. Everyone is encourage to limit time outdoors and use extra caution.

cold weather shelters

New Westminster currently has 54 permanent emergency shelter beds in operation. In addition, the City is working with BC Housing and Purpose Society to operationalize up to 50 extreme weather response program mats on the lower floor of the former Army and Navy department store and accessed off of Front Street.

Click here for more information on shelters in New Westminster. 

Snow and Ice Removal

Property owners and occupants in New Westminster are reminded that the City’s Street and Traffic Bylaw No. 7664, 2015 requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks abutting their property by no later than 10:00 am of the day following a snowfall event.

When clearing sidewalks:

  • Sidewalks should be clear of snow and ice the full length and width and down to bare concrete to ensure accessibility for all citizens.
  • Please do not shovel onto the street.
  • Please do not use table, rock salt, or a sodium based product as it will damage the surface of the sidewalk. Suitable de-icing products are available for purchase at local retailers.

Report a violation

To make a report, please call 604-519-2010 or email 

Adopt a sidewalk

Help make a positive contribution in your community. Residents who are able and willing may wish to consider lending a hand. Adopt the sidewalk of a senior or a person with a mobility challenge.

Find information about our priority clearing routes here.

 

SOLID WASTE COLLECTION

 

Our solid waste collection trucks are experiencing significant delays due to icy roads and lanes. Crews will attempt to come back for missed collection if possible. Please leave your carts positioned for collection if missed and ensure snow is cleared off cart lids. 

Down tree or tree at risk of falling?

Please take note of the following information to the best of your knowledge and email . Please note that tree risk assessments are only performed on City trees.

  • Exact location (i.e. address or point on a map) 
  • Size of the tree, or tree part
  • Infrastructure or private property impacted
  • Roadway, pathway, or sidewalk impacted
  • Photo of the tree in question

ENERGY CONSERVATION

During periods of extreme temperatures, New Westminster Electric Utility is requesting all customers, particularly those who live in the Queensborough neighbourhood, to consider conserving energy during this time.

Energy conservation can be achieved by following some simple actions:

  • Turning off lights that are not needed
  • Turning outside Christmas lights off at night
  • Lowering the temperature of your thermostat while away from your home
  • Avoiding unnecessary electrical consumption during peak times of the day (6:00 am – 8:00 am, and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Date posted:January 5, 2022