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Winter Parking Ban Update

The Know Your Zone system continues to be used for residential parking bans, if one is needed. However, tickets will only be issued from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. during the ban. Vehicles will continue to be courtesy towed on a 24-hour basis. The reason for this is that the Highway Traffic Act only permits ticketing without signage during this timeframe and the City's winter parking bans extend beyond these hours. The City is continuing to collaborate with the province on a resolution to this issue.

For the annual snow route parking ban or any declared snow route parking ban that may be required, tickets will only be issued until 6:00 a.m., instead of the usual 7:00 a.m., on snow routes.

You still need to “Know Your Zone,” be mindful of snow routes and move your vehicle at the appropriate times. Even though we will only be ticketing from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., we encourage you to move your vehicle when a ban is in place regardless if you will receive a ticket or not. This will ensure streets are properly cleared.

What are the City’s winter parking bans?

The City of Winnipeg has five different winter parking bans:

  1. Residential Parking Ban (Know Your Zone) – A residential parking ban is called to facilitate the City’s snow clearing response to an extreme snowfall. All residential streets are assigned a snow zone; each snow zone is identified by a letter of the alphabet. Zones are plowed in 12-hour shifts, around-the-clock to enable timely and effective clearing of snow and ice from residential streets. Parking is prohibited on residential streets during the 12-hour period when a zone is scheduled for clearing. (Tickets will only be issued from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. but we encourage you to move your car regardless if you will receive a ticket or not.)
  2. Annual Snow Route Parking Ban – Parking is prohibited on snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from December 1 to March 1. (Tickets will only be issued from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
  3. Declared Snow Route Parking Ban – When additional overnight plowing is required on snow routes after a snowfall, a Declared Snow Route Parking Ban is placed into effect. This ban extends the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban by two hours, so when it is declared, vehicles are prohibited from parking on snow routes from midnight to 7:00 a.m. (Tickets will only be issued from midnight to 6:00 a.m.)
  4. Snow Emergency – The Mayor may declare a Snow Emergency at any time which will prompt a Snow Emergency Parking Ban prohibiting parking on snow routes.
  5. Temporary No Parking – Occasionally, individual streets may require additional snow removal work. Temporary "No Parking" signs are posted when streets require snow removal.

More information about parking bans is available at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca

Will people still receive tickets during a residential parking ban?

Yes, we will be issuing tickets from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. As well, cars will continue to be towed on a 24-hour basis.

Will people still receive tickets on snow routes?

Yes, but for the annual snow route parking ban or any declared snow route parking ban that may be required, tickets will only be issued until 6:00 a.m., instead of the usual 7:00 a.m., on snow routes.

Why is the City continuing to issue tickets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during a residential parking ban?

The Highway Traffic Act permits ticketing without signage during this timeframe. Tickets are one way for us to encourage citizens to move their cars so that we can deliver a high quality snow clearing service. We don’t want to issue any tickets. We want people to move their cars at the specified time so that our streets can be cleared quickly and efficiently.

If I received a ticket during a previous winter parking ban and I paid the ticket, can I get a refund?

No. If payment has been made, refunds are not possible because legally, the matter is considered settled.

Are you concerned that people won’t move their vehicles if they know they won’t receive a ticket?

Ticketing is a useful tool in encouraging compliance. We will need everyone’s cooperation so that we can deliver the high quality snow clearing service that we know Winnipeggers expect. If a citizen doesn’t move their car, snow clearing equipment cannot clear the whole curb lane which impacts everyone using that roadway. Citizens and the City have the same goal when it comes to snow clearing: roadways that are cleared properly in a quick and efficient manner.


Last update: October 10, 2017
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