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Public Works

Street Cleaning Program


The street cleaning program provides a healthy and safe environment for the citizens of Winnipeg by protecting water quality, by preventing damage to regional and residential pavements, and by minimizing the burden of debris entering the storm sewer system.

Spring Clean Up
Back Lane Sweeping Program
Regular Clean Up
Parking Restrictions
Litter Control Paper Picking

Spring Clean Up

Spring clean-up activities involve removing the build-up of street debris that collects during the winter months.

  • Annual program, running four to five weeks beginning in mid-April depending on weather conditions.
  • Spring clean-up program start dates are announced through the media.
  • Initial focus is on the Downtown Square (bounded by Broadway/Ellice/Memorial and Main from Higgins to Assiniboine, followed by the rest of the regional street system.

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What happens during Spring Clean Up:

Streets - Street cleaning begins after the snow and ice has melted.

  • All streets should be cleaned.
  • Sweeping on regional (P1) streets usually takes place at night.
  • Daytime sweeping focuses on collector (P2) and residential (P3) streets.

Boulevards – Sweeping boulevards begins when there are no frozen or wet boulevard surfaces.

  • Clean up of boulevards in residential areas is limited to areas with excessive sand (2 full wheel barrows or more).
  • Call 311 to request an inspection of a boulevard if it appears there is an excessive amount of debris or abrasives.

Sidewalks – The sidewalks in the downtown area from Broadway to Ellice Avenue and from Main Street to Memorial Boulevard are cleaned on a regular basis, but not on the same schedule as street cleaning. Due to safety factors and the extra care that must be taken when sweeping around pedestrian traffic on the walks, the sidewalk sweeping process takes longer than the street cleaning process.

Did you know?

    • Up to 300 pieces of equipment and 500 staff participate in spring clean up.
    • Budget for spring clean up is in the millions of dollars.
    • Approximately 45,000 tonnes of aggregate (sand and debris from winter ice control) is removed.
    • Water is sprayed onto the streets to control dust.

Back Lane Sweeping Program

  • Paved back lanes are swept once a year.
  • Program begins after streets are swept in spring.

Regular Clean Up

  • After spring clean up is completed, Regional streets (P1) are swept once a week at night time.
  • Regional streets in Downtown Square are flushed once a week and swept three times a week.
  • From June to October, sidewalks in Downtown Square are flushed once a week.

Parking RestrictionsSpring Cleaning in Progress

Street cleaning services protect and enhance the livability of Winnipeg. To assist in the street cleaning operations, temporary No Parking signs will be placed well in advance in various areas. If the public sees the No Parking signs, please do not park there during the times indicated. Otherwise, your vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Citizens who sign up for email notification will be notified when spring clean up operations begin and end.

Please note that not all streets will be signed during Spring Clean Up. The City will only place street work signs on the streets where parked vehicles present a problem to street cleaning.

Litter Control Paper Picking

Litter Bin
  • Manual removal of litter from street right-of-way.
  • Emptying and disposal of litter from litter containers in the Downtown Square, the City's parks and other designated areas.
  • The City does not provide new containers or collect litter at any additional/new containers due to limited funding in the operating budget.

Last update: April 13, 2016