City crews work in two shifts per day, seven days a week, weather permitting and barring mechanical delays, to complete sweeping of every street in the city in the spring. Major roadways are swept at night to avoid daytime traffic congestion, and street sweepers are equipped with lights and flashers to warn traffic of their presence. In addition, roadways are pre-wetted to reduce the creation of dust that may obscure visibility.
Residents will be notified of sweeping in their neighbourhood through door hangers distributed door-to-door about two days in advance. If poor weather delays the sweeping, a new date will be set at the end of the schedule to visit the missed area, and new door hangers will be delivered to affected residents.
During neighbourhood sweeps, residents are asked to remove their parked vehicles from the street on the date indicated between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. the following morning. Only specific sites that have excessive on-street parking, such as City Park, will have “no-parking” signs posted. If there are no signs indicating a parking ban, the crew will sweep around the vehicle. In areas where “no-parking” signs are posted, vehicles may be ticketed and towed to a nearby street where space is available.
Later in June, a few days are assigned for crews to re-sweep streets in densely populated residential areas that have heavy on-street parking. These residential streets are given a second sweep because transient parked vehicles make it impossible to thoroughly clean them with just one pass.
Where to move your vehicle
Many residents have the convenience of a driveway or back lane to park their vehicles during street sweeping. For residents without these conveniences, it may be necessary to park some distance away from your home. The list below provides planned sweeping dates, and individual PDF maps for each neighbourhood. Please ensure your vehicle is not parked in any of the areas shown on the date scheduled for street sweeping.