Snow Removal

Area of Responsibility

The Operations and Facilities Division is responsible for the winter maintenance on all roads, lanes, sidewalks and municipal parking lots within the boundaries of the Corporation of the Town of Fort Frances. Included are 162 lane-km. of roadway, 42 km of sidewalks and six (6) town owned parking lots.


The Operations and Facilities Division has at its disposal:

  • Two (2) town owned graders
  • One (1) sander
  • One (1) combination plow/sander truck
  • Two (2) sidewalk blowers
  • One (1) full size blower
  • Two (2) loaders, (both equipped with snow bucket or plow)
  • Two (2) tandem trucks
  • One (1) single axle/with plow truck

Town owned equipment will be supplemented by contract operated equipment and trucks on an as required basis.


The Operations and Facilities Division has an available winter maintenance staff consisting of:

  • One (1) working foreman
  • One (1) leadhand
  • Four (4) equipment operators
  • Two (2) truck drivers
  • Five (5) labourers
  • Three (3) Seasonal Labourers 

Note: The two (4) water distribution operators will also be included in the winter maintenance scheduling.  In an emergency situation additional staff would be available from other areas of the department i.e. mechanical, stores and engineering.

When the “snow season” arrives this staffing provides for coverage for:

  • Two (2) shifts
  • Five (5) days a week 

There will be a 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. day shift and a 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. night shift from Monday to Friday.  During the period from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and weekends manpower is on a voluntary basis. 

Emergency Calls

Emergency calls are covered through an on call person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  During an emergency situation if the on call person is unsuccessful in getting sufficient crews to respond he/she shall consult with the Manager of Operations & Facilities or Transportation Superintendent regarding the use of contracted equipment.

Parking Regulations

Parking restrictions and regulations (i.e. calendar parking, parking prohibited, etc.) have been placed on town streets and will be strictly enforced to allow snow plowing/removal operations to proceed unimpeded.

The Town's By-law Enforcement Officers will publicize the appropriate calendar parking by-law.  Calendar parking shall be deemed to be a twenty-four (24) hour period commencing at nine (9) o'clock in the forenoon and after such time the day shall be deemed odd or even depending on the calendar designation of such day of commencement of the said twenty-four (24) hour period.

Declaration of a Significant Weather Event (Word Document)