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Sidewalk priority & map

For the purposes of snow clearing, Winnipeg’s sidewalks are classified in four categories – Priority 1 (P1), Priority 2 (P2), Priority 3 (P3), and Priority 3 Enhanced (P3 Enhanced).

Sidewalk priority map

The following interactive map outlines the sidewalk network and snow clearing priority. Additionally, you can also enter an address to view a specific segment.





Street priorities & definitions

Priority 1

Major regional roads, as well as adjacent sidewalks and active transportation pathways. P1 streets are designated as snow routes and have overnight parking restrictions from December 1 to March 1.

Priority 2 Active transportation

P2 streets and sidewalks that have been identified as priority active transportation routes. Many P2AT streets are designated as snow routes and have overnight parking restrictions from December 1 to March 1.

Priority 3 Active transportation

P3 streets and sidewalks identified as priority active transportation routes.

Priority 2

Non-regional bus routes and collector streets, as well as adjacent sidewalks, P2 active transportation pathways, and P3 Enhanced sidewalks. Many P2 streets are designated as snow routes and have overnight parking restrictions from December 1 to March 1.

Priority 3

Residential streets, as well as adjacent sidewalks and P3 active transportation pathways. Parking restrictions are in place when a Residential P P3 arking Ban is declared.

What happens when we call a …

Priority 1 plow

  • Streets are fully plowed within 36 hours of > 3 cm accumulation.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Streets are salted and sanded as needed.
  • Overnight parking restrictions are in place on snow routes as of Dec. 1.

Priority 2 active transportation

  • One driving lane is cleared within 36 hours of > 3 cm accumulation; streets are fully plowed after > 5cm. Streets are sanded as needed.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Overnight parking restrictions are in place on snow routes as of Dec. 1.

Priority 3 active transportation

  • One driving lane is cleared within 36 hours of > 3 cm accumulation; streets are only fully plowed when a residential operation is called.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Streets are sanded as needed.

Priority 2 plow

  • Streets are fully plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation. Streets are sanded, and are only salted during freezing rain events.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Overnight parking restrictions are in place on snow routes as of Dec. 1.

Priority 3 plow

  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within five days of > 8 cm accumulation.
  • Streets are plowed only when a residential operation is called (after > 10 cm accumulation) and are sanded as needed.

Street priorities & definitions

Priority 1 (P1) & Priority 2 (P2)

Priority 1 (P1) and 2 (P2) sidewalks include those along regional streets (major routes), non-regional bus routes, and collector streets.

These sidewalks are normally maintained to a compacted snow surface. The sidewalks will be cleared following a 5 cm snowfall accumulation, or if equivalent local drifting conditions are present. Plowing operations are expected to be completed within 36 hours following the end of an average storm.

As of 2019, the P1 classification also includes sidewalks on streets that were reclassified as P2AT and P3AT priority active transportation routes. These sidewalks won’t necessarily receive the same level of service as standard P1 sidewalks, but will be cleared at the same times as a P1 plow.

If an extreme snowfall event makes it impractical to complete the snow clearing operations on sidewalks with a full complement of resources and continuous effort, the time limits specified for completion may be extended.

Downtown area sidewalks

Priority 1 (P1) and Priority 2 (P2) sidewalks in the Downtown area are normally plowed to a paved surface whenever conditions allow; however, minor snowfalls and/or warming temperatures between plowing operations may result in a layer of compacted snow or ice on the sidewalk surface. The sidewalks will be cleared following a 5 cm snowfall accumulation, or if equivalent local drifting conditions are present. Plowing operations in the Downtown area are expected to be completed within thirty-six hours following the end of an average storm.

P1 and P2 sidewalks in the Downtown Square

Priority 3 Enhanced (P3 Enhanced)

Sidewalks in the vicinity of elementary schools & active living centres

Priority 3 Enhanced (P3 Enhanced) sidewalks include those along streets near elementary schools and active living centres.

These sidewalks are normally maintained to a compacted snow surface. The sidewalks will be cleared following a 5 cm snowfall accumulation, or if equivalent local drifting conditions are present. Plowing operations are expected to be completed within 36 hours following the end of an average storm.

Priority 3 (P3)

Residential sidewalks

Priority 3 (P3) sidewalks include those along residential streets.

These sidewalks are normally maintained to a compacted snow surface. The sidewalks will be cleared following a 8 cm snowfall accumulation, or if equivalent local drifting conditions are present. Snow clearing of sidewalks on residential streets is normally completed within five working days following the commencement of work, which typically occurs on weekdays only.

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