Snow event and parking ban beginning at 11:59 p.m. tonight (Sunday)

Posted On Sunday January 16, 2022

The City of Waterloo has declared a snow event and an overnight parking ban is in effect beginning at 11:59 p.m. today, Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Residents must remove cars from streets by midnight tonight or risk being ticketed and towed. The parking ban will remain in effect for at least 24 hours until midnight on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Information will be posted in advance of midnight on Tuesday, January 18 as to whether the city will cancel the snow event and parking ban or extend if for another 24 hours, weather dependent. Removing cars from streets will facilitate safe and quick snow removal. Overnight parking exemptions will not be permitted.

Under the city’s traffic and parking bylaw, parking is prohibited on all streets at any time a snow event is declared until it is cancelled. Snow events are declared when the city anticipates a significant amount of snow to accumulate. A typical snow event declaration will be announced earlier in the day of the event and effective for a full 24 hours or until the snow event has been cancelled.

Residents are encouraged to subscribe to the city’s service alert news feed or follow the city on Twitter or Facebook to determine if a parking ban is still in effect. If individuals suspect their car has been towed through this program, they should call the Waterloo Regional Police dispatch number at 519-570-9777 to find out where their car is located.

Clearing sidewalks and trails

In preparation for a significant snowfall, city staff are monitoring weather and sidewalk/trail conditions and will deploy crews as needed. When possible, we ask residents to please minimize their use of the trails and sidewalks to allow staff time to complete their snow clearing operations and to please use city maintained sidewalks and trails with caution as surface conditions can change quickly from bare to snow/ice covered. 

Staff will start snow clearing operations on our most heavily used primary sidewalks and trails. During continuous snowfalls, primary routes may require multiple passes before staff can move into the lesser used secondary routes.  For residents and property owners on city-maintained sidewalks and trail routes, we ask that vehicles not be parked over the city maintained areas to allow crews to complete their passes. As a reminder, please do not deposit snow from private properties onto sidewalks/trails and roadways as this can be very dangerous for pedestrians and drivers.

In addition to keeping cars off the street during a snow event, the city is also asking residents to clear snow and ice from sidewalks at the front and side of homes and businesses within 24 hours after the end of a snow event. Although it’s the law, it’s also the neighbourly thing to do. Snow or ice-covered sidewalks can be treacherous for all residents, especially those who already have mobility restrictions.

During the winter months, several city bylaw officers are dedicated full-time to ensuring snow clearing regulations are followed by residents. Staff respond to complaints as well as incorporating a measure of proactive monitoring. To report unshovelled sidewalks, residents in Waterloo can register a complaint online at or call 519-747-6280 to dispatch an officer.

More information

For more information about the city’s snow clearing priorities for roads and sidewalks and some tips for driving/parking when plows are active, visit View our short video with Kevin, one of our snow plow operators to learn more about the plowing process and challenges.




For more information please contact: 

Cari Van Niekerk
Manager, Corporate Communications