Winter in the Lower Mainland can mean a variety of weather - from ice and snow, to wind and power outages, to rain and heavy flooding. The information on this page will help you learn about the City’s operations during these events, as well as your responsibilities and how to be prepared for any emergency.
Before a winter storm arrives, plan ahead so you can comfortably and safely carry on during the winter season. Please visit our Winter Preparedness and Safety webpage for information on preparing your home and vehicle, tips for power outages and personal winter safety tips.
To report an area of concern, please use our real-time Coquitlam Snow Response Request tool. Note: While snow is falling or until primary roads are cleared, the City will not be addressing local roads or lanes.
During a snow event, City roads are plowed according to a priority system aimed at supporting public safety and public transportation access:
Private roads are not maintained by the City. Residents need to contact their Property Management Company or Strata for concerns related to their roads.
View the Coquitlam Snow Response Plan Map (PDF).
During a snow event, parking lots and access walkways at City facilities are cleared according to a priority system aimed at supporting access to City-owned facilities.
Additionally, multi-use pathways that connect transit or school routes, as well as pedestrian pathways that allow safe passage along routes fronting civic property to schools, are cleared if school is in session.
Every effort is made to ensure parking facilities and pedestrian entrances and exits to Coquitlam City facilities including sidewalks are cleared for accessibility of all patrons. These priorities may change due to several factors including event intensity, severity and duration and available equipment.
The City of Coquitlam’s snow plows cannot deliver their best service when cars are parked on critical roadways. When there is snow in the forecast, do not park on the street. All vehicles should be parked in a driveway, garage, carport or other area of their private property - this applies to residents in secondary suites as well. Landlords must provide areas for their residents to park off the street.
The City has implemented a type of parking restriction that is 'activated' every time snow is in the forecast until the end of the snow event and the streets are clear.
If you live in any of the locations listed below, the City will advise that the restriction has been activated via email to subscribers of our Winter Parking Restriction NotifyMe email – please subscribe to help prevent receiving a ticket and having your vehicle towed. The City will also advise via the City’s social media channels - please follow us.
If you live on Steeple Drive, please review this map and note the area and restrictions from November 15, 2023 to March 15, 2024.
In the event of wintery road conditions, there may be delays or temporary cancellations of waste collection services.
To help us better serve you during a winter weather event, please remember the following: