Winter Operations

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa is responsible for the maintenance of over 200 km of public roadways.  Our Public Works shops are located at:  8348 Wellington Road 124 and 7366 Wellington Road 30.

When will my road get plowed?

Photo of a snow plow on a winter road

Our operators will get to your street as soon as they can. Roads are cleared according to classification (generally traffic volume & speed limit determine classification) with the busier class 2 roads being cleared first, then followed by secondary roads and local streets.

Each of the Township’s 8 pieces of snow removal equipment has a predetermined route it follows each time snow clearing is required.

The Township Roads Department is responsible for clearing all Township Roads.  The County of Wellington is responsible for clearing all County Roads and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is responsible for clearing all provincial highways (such as Highway 7 and Highway 6).

Winter Parking Restrictions

Parking on Township Roads is NOT permitted during the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. from and including the 1st of November of each year, to and including the 31st of March of the following year. The Township of Guelph/Eramosa does not allow for exemptions to this parking restriction for any reason.

What can I do to help with snow removal?

Public cooperation is important to the success of the Township’s snow removal and winter road maintenance program. By following these simple guidelines, you can make a significant contribution to the Township’s snow removal efforts:

  • Remove all parked vehicles from the street if a storm is anticipated and keep vehicles off the street until after plowing is complete. This allows the plow to clear the entire roadway the first time through making return trips unnecessary.
  • Do not shovel or plow snow from your driveway (or sidewalk) onto the road.  This can create a serious hazard, and is prohibited by section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act.
  • If possible, wait until the road has been plowed before cleaning out the end of your driveway. There is no practical way to plow the road without depositing snow into your driveway.
  • All landscaping, including decorative stones, curbing, sprinkler heads, etc. should not be located on boulevards/road allowances, to facilitate snow plowing, snow removal and snow blowing

Sidewalk Clearing

Sidewalk plowing is part of the Township's snow removal service.  We work hard to clear sidewalks on our major roads and along routes to school as soon as possible after a snow fall.  The remainder of the residential sidewalks are cleared shortly after.

Sidewalk plowing is part of the Township's snow removal service.  Occasionally, there can be damage to lawns along sidewalks when the ground is softer during warmer winter temperatures.  If Township equipment has damaged your lawn, please contact our Public Works Department at 519-856-9596 ext. 120 or  Township staff will begin repairing damaged sod in the spring.  The patience of our residents is always appreciated while we work hard to clear sidewalks after snow falls. 


Owners are encouraged to install mailboxes at the maximum usable distance from the edge of the roadway.  Also, make sure your mailbox is secured tightly on a sturdy post.  Homeowners are responsible for repairing/replacing mailboxes damaged by a snowplow.


It is the Township’s requirement that the municipal property from your property line to the road edge be kept clear of any items such as landscaping materials including driveway curbs, interlocking bricks, underground sprinkler systems, landscape rocks, etc.  We appreciate the pride of ownership people have for their properties.  However, these items pose a hazard when plowing the roads, as they may get hit and possibly damage the equipment.  This area must also remain clear should access to the underground services be required.  The Township of Guelph/Eramosa By-law Number 16/2012 states that the Township reserves the right to request the removal of any encroachment onto public property.  Please note that the Township will assume no liability with respect to damaged items placed on the municipal right-of-way.

Catch Basins

A catch basin is a storm drain located just beside the boulevard and it collects rainwater from properties and roads and transports the water into the municipal water system.

In the winter, snow and ice can block catch basins.  This can also happen in autumn when falling leaves can create blockages.  When catch basins are blocked, this can create flooding on our roads.  

Your help in clearing catch basins from debris, such as ice, snow and leaves, is greatly appreciated.  The Township - and your neighbourhood - thanks you!  

For more information on the Township's snow removal and winter control, please contact the Roads Department at 519-856-9596 ext. 120 or